The University is made up of four Colleges (Agriculture, Engineering and Science, Humanities, Law and Management Studies, and Health Sciences) housed in five campuses across the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
The UKZN has a strong research ethos, especially in Infectious Diseases with several research institutes including CAPRISA (Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa), KRISP (Kwazulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform) and the HIV Pathogenesis Programme.
The Fractures E³ study is housed in the departments of Geriatrics and Rheumatology, in School of Clinical Medicine, College of Health Science situated in the Nelson R Mandela/Medical School campus in Durban. Both departments have a strong clinical and research interest in osteoporosis and hip fractures
South African Team
Professor Bilkish Cassim
Principal Investigator – Associate Professor/Chief Specialist and Head of Geriatrics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban, South Africa. Prof Cassim has both a clinical and research interest in osteoporosis and is an executive member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa.
Deputy, South Africa Specialist rheumatologist based in Kwazulu-Natal. Dr Paruk is also an executive member of National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa.
Orthopaedic expert Adjunct Professor of Orthopaedics University of Witwatersrand. Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon and researcher.
Study Co-ordinator – Nelly is a qualified development officer, experienced clinical researcher and project coordinator. Hons degree in Public Policy & Development Studies & junior degree in Community & Development Studies from the University of KZN. Experienced in project management and coordination, particularly public health projects.
Data Manager – Fundile Habana holds an N Certificate in Information Technology, Software and Hardware Concepts, Administration & Bookkeeping. He is highly experienced in data entry, management, and analysis of data in clinical studies. His previous work experience includes being a senior administrative assistant, data capture & analysis, & tutor.
Fieldworker – Sisanda holds an honors bachelor degree in Psychology with vast experience working on community-based projects supervising the facilitation of various Psycho-Social Intervention programs in the most vulnerable communities. A significant amount of these years were spent in the Mental Health Research environment as senior research assistant.
Fieldworker WP1 – Silindile has 4 years experience in public health research, working for companies like Epicentre Public Health Research and Human Sciences Research Council as a fieldworker and as a HIV counsellor.
Fieldworker – Sabelo is an active member of the Vulindlea community, leading stakeholders engagements with various community leaders and traditional authority houses. He has worked for the HSRC as a fieldworker/ Data collector and for the University of Kwazulu Natal as a community liaison officer.
Research Nurse – Zethu is a qualified registered nurse with primary health care and research experience. She was involved in TB trials (MRC), IRIS study (UKZN), COVID19 Readiness (IHPS).
Fieldworker – Nonkululeko is an enrolled nurse auxiliary, her experience includes working for Epicentre Health Research company as a data collector, fieldworker, and data capture.
Research Nurse WP1 – Sr Dolly’s passion is research, and keeping her communities informed and healthy.
Ethnographer WP5 – Amanda is a Researcher with a Masters in Research Psychology, with an interest in medical, health and social science research. She is currently based in Gauteng.
Qualitative Researcher WP5 – Kea is a researcher and transformation specialist that has dedicated both her educational and professional career to social justice issues.