Scope of Research


The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) employs internationally renowned scientists in academic pathology departments of university medical schools in South Africa with which it is associated. These scientists contribute to cutting edge medical research.

These pathology schools/departments are located at the universities of Cape Town, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo (MEDUNSA Campus), Pretoria, Stellenbosch, Witwatersrand, Walter Sisulu University for Technology and Science and the Oral Pathology Department of the University of the Western Cape.

Most staff within these academic departments hold joint NHLS and university appointments. They conduct research into diseases particularly applicable to South Africa and which are vital to the medical welfare of our citizens. These researchers make major contributions to national and international medical literature.

Research conducted by the NHLS covers a wide spectrum of activities in all pathology disciplines. Grants in support of research are made by the SA Medical Research Council, the Cancer Association of South Africa, Poliomyelitis Research Foundation, National Research Foundation, pharmaceutical companies, private donors and a number of international institutions. A large part of the research programme is financed by the NHLS itself from the earnings of its laboratory services.

The academic departments provide diagnostic services to the hospitals in which they teach their students.

Heads of pathology schools/departments:
 

University of Cape Town

Prof Lorna Martin
Tel: (021) 406-6412/6450
Fax: (021) 448-1249
E-mail: Lornaj.Martin@uct.ac.za

University of the Free State

Prof Henry Pieters (business manager)
Fax: (051) 405-0515
Tel: (051) 405-0500
E-mail: henry.pieters@nhls.ac.za

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Dr Elizabeth Samuel
Tel: (031) 240-2809/10
Fax: (031)240-2812
E-mail: elizabeth.samuel@nhls.ac.za

University of Limpopo (MEDUNSA Campus)

Mr Keith Bauer (business manager)
Tel: (012) 521-4282
E-mail: keith.bauer@nhls.ac.za

University of Pretoria

Dr Ngalula Kone (business manager)
Tel: (012) 319-2177
E-mail: ngalula.kone@nhls.ac.za

University of the Witwatersrand

Prof Arnold Christianson
Tel: (011) 489-9211
E-mail: arnold.christianson@nhls.ac.za

University of Stellenbosch

Prof Johann Schneider
Tel: (021) 938-4041
Fax: (021) 938-6559
E-mail: jws@sun.ac.za

University of the Western Cape

Prof Jos Hille
Tel: (021) 938-6159
Fax: (021) 938-6559
E-mail: oral.path@iafrica.com

Walter Sisulu University for Technology and Science

Prof A Stepien
Tel: (047) 502-4883
E-mail: andre.stepien@nhls.ac.za

Read about the groundbreaking research, diagnostic and teaching and training activities in the pathology departments  in the above universities in the 2011-2012 annual review.

Academic Affairs and Research Annual Review 2011-2012