Clinical Dermatology is vibrant and busy offering both inpatient and outpatient services at Groote Schuur (Link) and Red Cross Hospitals (Link). A private inpatient dermatology service is offered by sessional consultants from our team at the UCT Private Academic Hospital (Link) which is housed within the New Groote Hospital Building. We also provide consultation services to neighbouring Hospitals and primary care practitioners as needed. Nurse-lead dermatology clinics are being established with the most functional site at the Mitchell Plain Community Health Centre. A tele-dermatology patient referral service augments our outreach program www.vulamobile.com
The Laser Unit: the only academic Laser unit for dermatology in the country - a kind donation from the Oasis Trust.
Phototherapy and Skin Day Care Unit. On average 60 patients receive phototherapy and/or day care per week with 400 to 500 patient visits a month.
Consultants and registrars are involved in lectures and tutorials for medical students in 3rd, 4th and 5th years of the MBChB program.
Together with the Division of Nursing the unit previously ran a short course for registered nurses providing them with the skills necessary to run community clinics. For the first time (2015) the course was offered as a blended 2 month course (2 weeks contact and rest on-line) for both doctors and professional nurses. This innovative one-of-a-kind program aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of primary-care skin disease.
Postgraduate teaching takes place daily in the outpatient clinics and during inpatient consultations. There number of state funded registrar training posts in the Division of Dermatology is inadequate for the clinical load. We are privileged to train supernumerary registrars without whom we would not be able to meet our clinical service and teaching requirements. We have a united nations of Africa in the 4-year specialist training program with doctors from Chad, Botswana, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Master of Medicine – MMed (FCDerm)
Doctor of Philosophy – PhD (Med)
Senior Lecturers - Permanent
Prof Nonhlanhla P Khumalo, MBChB KZN, FCDerm(SA), PhD(UCT)
Dr Dumi Ngwanya, MBChB KZN, FC Derm SA
Dr Ranks Lehloenya, MBChB KZN, FC Derm SA
Dr Carol Hlela, MBChB KZN, FcDerm SA, MMed Derm SA , MSc GHS (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)
Senior Lecturers – Sessional
Dr Sue J Jessop, MBChB UCT, FF Derm SA
Emeritus Prof Gail Todd MBChB UCT,
Dr Hanif Omar MBChB, FC Derm SA
Dr Fatema Ismail MBChB, FC Derm SA
Dr Sandra Pather MBChB KZN, FC Derm SA
Dr Riyaadh Roberts, MBChB, FC Path SA
Dr Thuraya Isaacs MBChB UCT FC Derm SA
Sr Anthea Ndyenga (Clinical Educator)
Sr Judy Wallace (Operations Manager)
Sr Charltima Minnie (Phototherapy)
Sr Kashiefa Sayed (Red Cross Hospital)
Juliet Esterhuizen ( Research)
Dr Asha Dhana MBChB
Dr Lauren Knight- MBChB
Dr Katherine York MBChB
Dr Zandile Spengane MBChB
Dr Nicola Gray MBChB
Dr Eddie Zitha MBChB
Dr Eugen Hirschfeld MBChB
Dr Tonderai Nyika- MBChB
Dr Musonda Machona - MBChB
Dr Lerinza Van Der Worm- MBChB
Dr Emad Ashour - MBChB
Dr Bienvenue Solal Nouboadinan - MBChB
Ms Cecily Heunis (UCT)
Ms Vanessa Strydom (Groote Schuur Hospital)
ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN COSMETIC FORMULATION SCIENCE
DIVISION OF DERMATOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE
NB: This Cosmetic Formulation Science Diploma is an NQL7 qualification. Thus, it is Postgraduate Program that is managed by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
The Advanced Diploma in Cosmetic Formulation Science is the first in South Africa and first to be located within a Division of Dermatology in the world. This is a deliberate choice that aims to reduce the divide between scientists who develop and dermatologists who treat the many adverse effects of cosmetic products. The teaching is a careful balance between solid cosmetic science knowledge and hands-on cosmetic industry experience (80% of the time). The Dermatology contribution to the program intends to sensitize students to deleterious health effects that cosmetic products can have on consumers.
To produce graduates that are ready and equipped for product formulation in personal care manufacturing companies as: product developers, cosmetic formulators, R&D chemists or as entrepreneurs in the cosmetic industry.
(1) Scientific Principles of Cosmetic Formulations
(2) Cosmetic Formulation Technology
(3) Hair and Skin Biology for the Cosmetic Formulator
(4) Cosmetic: Claims, Regulations and Ethics
(5) Professional Communication and Project Management for Cosmetic Scientists
To be considered for the programme, students must have obtained:
• a BSc or equivalent with Chemistry 3
• or a degree with Biochemistry 3 (students with Biochemistry 3 need to have at least Chemistry 2 to be eligible for admission)
• or a partially completed/ non-degree with Chemistry 2 and relevant work experience
Offers in this program are made subject to availability of space.
All applicants should submit a CV and motivation letter with their application for the diploma.
National Benchmark Test (NBT): Not required.
For 2022 intake: All applications must be submitted online.
Applications open 1 May 2021.
Closing date for applications is 31 August 2021.
3. Post certified copies of academic records AND certificates to: UCT’s Undergraduate Admissions Office, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701
17 January 2022 – 25 February 2022
Hair & Skin Research Lab, Old Main Building, Groote
Schuur Hospital, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925
Queries with online submission: firstname.lastname@example.org or
telephone 021 406-6328 or 021 406-6347
Available on the UCT website: www.uct.ac.za
Scholarships and bursaries:
Postgraduate Funding office at www.pgfo.uct.ac.za
PDF version of above here
HSR Lab Teaching and Journal Club
Histopathology Meeting (joint with Tygerberg Hospital 3rd Tuesday/month)
Paediatric Meeting (at Red Cross Children’s Hospital)
Medicine Grand Rounds
Medicine clinical case presentations
Paediatric case presentations (at Red Cross Children’s Hospital)
Problem Adult Patient Clinic (last week of the month)
Case presentations (joint with Tygerberg Hospital 3rd Saturday/month)
The Hair and Skin Research Laboratory (HSR) Lab was launched on the 29th May 2015 by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH). The HSR Lab, was established with support from the National Skills Fund (NSF) and a funding boost from the Services Sector Education Training Authority (SETA). It is a dedicated hair testing and skin toxicology facility housed on the top floor of the Old Main Building at Groote Schuur Hospital, and is the first of its kind locally and internationally. The idea of establishing the lab was initially to study causes and treatments of hair loss and prevent/reduce side effects from cosmetics that dermatologists treat daily. Later the idea grew bigger with the recognition of an immerging field of using hair as a testing substrate in Medicine. Unlike blood and urine that have a high turnover hair is a medical repository that can for be used to detect for example drug exposure dating back many months previously, depending on hair length.
The HSR Lab is a national facility for multi-disciplinary collaborations and training of a new cadre of scientist in the new MSc (Med) in Trichology and Cosmetic Science, making UCT the first to offer this unique program. Modern economies require multi-skilled training to increase employment opportunities and entrepreneurship, so graduates (MSc/PhD) trained in this facility will be able to work in diverse fields where hair is increasingly being used for testing including medical sciences, the cosmetic industry and beyond.
Advanced Diploma in Cosmetic Formulation Science
MSc (Trichology and Cosmetic Science)
PhD (Trichology and Cosmetic Science)
Director: Professor NP Khumalo (MBChB, FCDerm, PhD)
Hair Structure, Geometry and Biochemistry (HSGB) Group
Group leader: Dr Jennifer van Wyk (PhD)
Proteomics, Pathology and Molecular Imaging (PPMI) Group
Group leader: Dr Henry Adeola (PhD)
Genetics and Molecular Biology (GMB) Group
Group leader: Dr Afolake Arowolo (PhD)
HSR Cosmetic Science Group
Group leader: Ms Ntombenhle Sishi (MSc)
Mivuyo Mvuyisi Mbovane
Dr Pumza Magangane (PhD)
Dr Maribanyana Lebeko (PhD)
Claire Van Den Berg
Sian Da Sliva
A systematic characterization of human variation to move away from racial (European, Asian, African) to objective (scientific) classification. We collaborate on projects using applied mathematics, physics, mechanical engineering (with PI as Dr Malebogo Ngoepe) as well as biochemistry, proteomics, genetics and molecular biology to address this basic science knowledge gap.
Causes and treatments of hair loss, with a laboratory focus on identifying potential biomarkers of scarring alopecia.
Wound healing, abnormal scarring and keloid disease in collaboration with Professor Ardeshir Bayat.
Support research projects for the Division of Dermatology and other academics (mutual agreement)
BSc (Hons) MBBS MRCS (Eng, Edin) PhD
My initial exposure to research was a project on the process of wound healing as a first year medical student at UCL in London. This small study encouraged me to do a one year project in tissue repair as part of an a successful intercalated BSc. Subsequent to this and during my basic surgical training, I worked on a number of clinical projects; however, it was not until completion of basic surgical training that I had the opportunity to continue with basic scientific research. Having completed a one year research fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, I subsequently gained an MRC (UK) clinical training fellowship. This award led to a successful PhD in molecular genetics of scar formation at the University of Manchester. I then began my specialist training in Plastic Surgery. Since completion of my PhD, I continued to maintain an active research interest as a lecturer and was successful in achieving an NIHR clinician scientist award in plastic & reconstructive surgery research. Over the past few years, I have supervised numerous students who have successfully completed their PhD research, given oral presentations in national and international meetings (510 to date) as well as published (H index = 50) in peer reviewed scientific literature ( 450 publications) . My group comprises of post docs, experimental officers, postgraduate students (PhD, MD, MSc, MRes), academic foundation doctors and elective medical students. My recent appointment as an honourary professor at UCT at the division of Dermatology is an opportunity to expand my research interest co-supervising student projects, working closely with and directly benefiting a population most affected by keloid scars.
DPhil in Engineering Science Oxon
Dr Malebogo Ngoepe is a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. Her area of expertise is in biomechanics and she has particular interest in the interface between biomechanics and biochemistry. She loves the work of the Hair and Skin Research Lab because it uses the strength of its diverse, multidisciplinary team to solve everyday problems that affect society. Her focus in this particular context is to develop an improved understanding of the mechanical behaviour of hair under physiological and pathological conditions. There is sufficient evidence that the biochemical character of hair has a large influence on mechanical response. She is interested in using various techniques to better understand this interplay. She co-supervises student projects (since 2016) and is already making novel discoveries on mechanophysical properties of afro-textured hair, the least researched human hair phenotype. She ultimately aims to contribute to the fundamental effort of the HSR team to develop a non-racial, objective system for describing human hair variation that can be the basis for the valid use of hair as a testing substrate in medicine.
The Dermatology service was started in 1922 at Somerset Hospital by Dr Hugh Smith, a physician. The first Head of Dermatology was Dr Morees Bosman and in 1930 training for specialization through the University of Cape Town was established (Link to History of Dermatology at UCT). Dermatology has become an independent specialty with its own College within the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. It has grown into a vibrant unit offering multiple tertiary services and outreach opportunities, teaching for undergraduates and post graduates. The unit offers clinical management in diseases such as eczema (atopic and contact), serious drug reactions, occupational health, hair disorders, melanoma, vitiligo, infectious and connective tissue diseases especially as they relate to Southern Africa.
The Hair and Skin Research Laboratory (HSR) Lab was launched on the 29th May 2015 by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH). The HSR Lab, was established with support from the National Skills Fund (NSF) and a funding boost from the Services Sector Education Training Authority (SETA). It is a dedicated hair testing and skin toxicology facility housed on the top floor of the Old Main Building (the first human heart transplant is on the ground floor) at Groote Schuur Hospital.
The pre-launch meeting was followed by formal launch of the HSR Lab.
Head of Division
Tel: +27 (21) 404-3376
Leading with Excellence
Department of Medicine
Old Main Building
Groote Schuur Hospital
Naledi Hlalukana - HOD office
Tel:+27 (0)21 406 6200