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UCT Research Report '11
Current studies are investigating the link between folliculitis
keloidalis nuchea and HIV transmission. She is also
developing a hair classification tool that will be useful for
elucidating the relationship between the pathogenesis of
alopecia and hair phynotype.
Permanent staff
Associate Professor
Paediatric Nuclear Medicine
Head of Unit: Dr A. Brink
The Paediatric Nuclear Medicine Service is part of the
Department of Paediatric and Child Health. It provides
the Nuclear Medicine investigations and therapy for all
neonates and children being treated in facilities associated
with UCT and supports State and Private Health Care
facilities in the Western Cape and other provinces which
do not have a dedicated Paediatric Nuclear Medicine
Service. In addition, staff actively participate in the
Division of Nuclear Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital.
Registrars from a number of institutions spend time at
the Children’s Hospital as part of their training, as do
radiography students from Groote Schuur Hospital. Other
activities include participation in International Congresses
and the College of Nuclear Physicians.
Permanent and long term contract staff
Senior specialist
Part-time specialist / Emeritus Associate Profes-
Research fields
Renal scintigraphy, “milk” scans in gastro-intestinal
motility disorders, limb perfusion in children with vascular
compromise due to infection or burns, PET/CT applications
in children, and brain perfusion scintigraphy.
Contact Details
Postal address: Paediatric Nuclear Medicine, School of
Child and Adolescent Health, University of Cape Town,
Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Klipfontein
Road, Rondebosch, 7700, Cape Town, South Africa.
Tel: +27 21 6585367
UCT General enquiries: +27 21 650 9111
UCT web:
Paediatric Pathology
Head of Histopathology Unit: Dr K. Pillay
The Unit of Paediatric Pathology is primarily an NHLS
laboratory service unit to Red Cross Children’s Hospital
and provides paediatric and neonatal services to other
Western Cape Health Care Institutions. The pathology
service functions as an amalgam of three sub units
comprising: Anatomical Pathology, Chemical Pathology
and Haematology. Undergraduate teaching activities are
largely undertaken through equivalent disciplines at Groote
Schuur Hospital and the Medical School of the University
of Cape Town to medical and physiotherapy students.
Postgraduate teaching is undertaken to MPhil (Paediatric
Pathology), MMed (in all the pathology disciplines), and
MSc and PhD students at UCT. Research activities are
related to laboratory aspects of child health and molecular
mechanisms underlying paediatric disease. Research also
undertaken through collaborative projects with clinical
colleagues, mainly in paediatrics and paediatric surgery.
Permanent and long-term contract staff
Senior Lecturers
NHLS Staff
Research Fields and Staff
Dr Margaret H.G. Shuttleworth
Molecular genetics of paediatric leukaemias and
neuroblastomas; paediatric myelodysplastic syndromes.
Dr Komala Pillay
Pathology of muscle; pathology of placentas from HIV
positive patients; lymphomas.
Dr George van der Watt
Inherited metabolic disorders.