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 and Head Clinical Unit of the Department of Rheumatology at the University of 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.
Miss Nelly Ndlovu – 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-related projects.
Mr Fundile Habana – 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.
Miss Lungisa Mncwabe – Fieldworker WP1
Lungisa is an experienced research assistant, who was introduced to research by her qualification in Social Science (Psychology). She has worked as a research assistant in a study of HIV/AIDS and is currently studying Public Health giving her a broad understanding of disease prevention and health promotion.
Miss Nomzamo Mthembu – Fieldworker WP1
Nomzamo holds a BSS in Psychology, Hons Psychology, and a Masters candidate in Public Health from the University of KZN. Experienced in recruitment and fieldwork for clinical studies she is currently a Master’s candidate under the College of Health Science.
Mrs. Phumla Khuluse – Fieldworker WP1
Phumla is a qualified community development practitioner and experienced research assistant. Hons degree in Social Science (Public Policy) and Community & Development Studies with extensive knowledge in fieldwork research in working for health research organizations eg South African Medical Research Council & Human Sciences Research Council.
Miss Silindile Khuzwayo – 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. With her experience and enthusiasm, we believe she is going to be a great addition to the team.
Mrs. Kajol Santhilal-Raja – Research Nurse
Kajol is a qualified nurse and specialist ICU nurse with many years of experience in a clinical environment having worked with many big hospital groups. Kajol is currently registered with the South African Nursing Council as a nurse and is a registered HIV/AIDS Councillor.
Mrs. Zethu Sithole – 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).
Miss Sibusisiwe Cordelia Mzamo – Research Assistant
Sibusisiwe a retired Ocupational Health Nurse with a Masters Degree in Health Promotion. She has passion for research and a previous experience in Research projects.
Ms Amanda Mwelase – 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.
Miss Keabetswe Khutsoane – Qualitative Researcher WP5
Kea is a researcher and transformation specialist that has dedicates both her educational and professional career to social justice issues.