Local Organising Committee
|Professor Shane Norris||Dr Lisa Micklesfield||Professor Linda Richter|
|Dr Elizabeth Kimani||Professor H. Salome Kruger||Dr Zandile Mchiza|
|Professor Thandi Puoane||Professor Vicki Lambert||Professor Dinky Levitt|
|Associate Professor Nigel Crowther|
|Professor Shane Norris, WITS
Chair of the Organising Committee
Professor Shane Norris is Director of the MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, Department of Paediatrics at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Professor Norris is Co-PI of the Birth to Twenty Plus Cohort and PI of the Soweto First 1000 days Cohort. His research interest includes child growth and development, obesity, and inter-generational risk of metabolic disease.
|Dr Lisa Micklesfield, WITS
My primary research development has been in the field of physical activity and bone health, with a particular focus on their relationship during the different life stages. I have considerable experience with the various methodologies used to measure bone strength, including dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), quantitative ultrasound (QUS) and peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT).
|Professor Linda Richter, DST-NRF CoE in Human Development
Professor Linda Richter is the Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development, Universities of the Witwatersrand and KwaZulu-Natal, and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council. Linda, a developmental psychologist, is one of the founders of the Birth to Twenty Plus cohort. Her research is in the fields of early child development, children and families in adversity including HIV, and men and fatherhood.
|Dr Elizabeth Kimani, APHRC
Dr Elizabeth Kimani is an Associate Research Scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow. Elizabeth is a Public Health Specialist/Epidemiologist and holds a PhD in Public Health focusing on the double burden of malnutrition; a Masters of Public Health specializing in epidemiology and disease control, testing effectiveness of a malaria intervention; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health focusing on water and sanitation in urban slums. She has a cumulative research experience of 10+ years. Her current research interests include maternal and child health issues, particularly child growth and development.
|Professor H. Salome Kruger, NWU
Prof. Salome Kruger is a Professor of Nutrition in the Centre of Excellence for Nutrition at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University in South Africa. As an active researcher she has published more than 90 articles in national and international accredited journals. She acted as study leader/ promoter of 43 Masters and PhD students and supervisor of four postdocs. Of the more than 50 presentations at scientific conferences, 16 were as invited speaker.
|Dr Zandile Mchiza, SA MRC
Dr Zandile Mchiza is an National Research Foundation (NRF) Rated Scientist and a Senior Specialist Scientist at the South African Medical Research Council (SA MRC)’s Non-Communicable Disease Research Unit (NCDRU). She obtained her BSc Nutrition and Dietetics Degree at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa (SA) and her Master / Doctor of Philosophy Degree at the University of Cape Town, SA in June 2009. She then completed her post-doctoral research fellowship at the South African Human Science Research Council’s Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation Unit. At NCDRU she co-ordinates and manages the obesity and food insecurity projects and work in-part with other research expert in the unit and internationally on other health related issues that include nutrition, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
|Professor Thandi Puoane, UWC
Thandi Puoane is a Professor at the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape. Her main areas of specialisation are public health nutrition, chronic diseases especially socio-cultural factors that are related to obesity, child health and monitoring and evaluation of programmes. She completed her undergraduate studies in nursing at the University of South Africa and postgraduate degrees (MPH and Dr PH) at the University of California at Berkeley, USA.
Professor Vicki Lambert, UCT
Vicki is Professor, UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM), Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town
Her research interests include:
Professor Dinky Levitt, UCT
Professor Dinky Levitt is Head of the Division of Diabetic Medicine and Endocrinology at the University of Cape Town and Director of the Chronic Disease Initiative in Africa. She has participated in the development of national and international guidelines for the management of diabetes, chaired the IDF Africa task force for the development of guidelines for the region and participated in drafting the Africa Declaration for diabetes.
Associate Professor Nigel Crowther, WITS
Associate Professor Nigel Crowther is head of research within the Department of Chemical Pathology, National Health Laboratory Service and University of the Witwatersrand.
His main research interests focus on two key areas - insulin and adipose tissue. Thus, current research projects include those investigating the genetic input into obesity, dyslipidaemia and type 1 diabetes, the molecular mechanisms involved in the control of intra-cellular lipid deposition in a variety of cell types, the aetiology of obesity-related insulin resistance, the input of in utero metabolic programming to the development of type 2 diabetes and the metabolic effects of HIV and anti-retroviral therapy.