Inaugural Addresses (Physiological Sciences)


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    Treading the tightrope of healthy living : pondering heart metabolism's balancing act
    (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2011-09) Essop, Faadiel
    Prof Faadiel Essop is the current chairperson of the Depart - ment of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University. He hails from a strong rural background; he was born in Ceres and grew up in Paarl (Western Cape, South Africa). He completed his undergraduate studies (biochemistry and microbiology majors) and PhD degree (medical biosciences) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He also completed (part-time basis) a BA Hons degree (Arabic) at the University of the Western Cape. After postdoctoral fellowship stints at UCT and the University of Leeds, he joined the Hatter Cardiovascular Research Institute at UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences (1998). During this time he focused on mechanisms driving the onset of cardiac hypertrophy and the effects of hypoxia on the heart. He was also appointed to the board of the Medical Research Council of South Africa by the Minister of Health (1998–2000). Prof Essop was awarded the prestigious Fulbright fellowship (2005–2006) to spend time in Prof Heinrich Taegtmeyer’s laboratory at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. During February 2007, he joined the Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University as an associate professor and was promoted to full professor in 2011. At Stellenbosch University he established the Cardio-Metabolic Research Group that focuses on altered fuel substrate metabolism and its contribution to the onset of type 2 diabetes and heart failure. Prof Essop and his students have received several awards over the last few years. He has published 42 peer-reviewed papers and supervised six PhD, five MSc and four postdoctoral students. He is married to Dr Rehana Essop and they have three children, Ziyaad, Aaliyah and Yasin.
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    The secret of dying well : the many faces of cell death and its relevance for treating diseases of our time
    (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-03) Engelbrecht, Anna-Mart
    Anna-Mart Engelbrecht is currently professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University. She was born in Pretoria, grew up in the Western Cape and matriculated from DF Malan High School in Bellville. She completed a BScHons in Physiology at Stellenbosch University, a MMedSc at the University of the Free State and was awarded her PhD by Stellenbosch University in 2005. She received several prestigious awards which include the Dean’s and Senate’s Medals as well as the Gencor Bronze Medal from the University of the Free State, the Marie Curie Scholarship of the European Union and the Rector’s Award for Excellence in Research from Stellenbosch University. Twelve MSc and four PhD students completed their studies under her supervision; she currently serves as supervisor and co-supervisor for ten PhD students. She serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Biomedical Sciences and regularly referees for international journals which include Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Pharmacological Research, Apoptosis, Cancer Letters, European Journal of Clinical Investigation and Physiological Research. She has published 32 peer-reviewed research articles and seven book chapters and presented invited lectures at national and international conferences. She established the Disease Signalling Group (DSG-CANCER), which investigates metabolic pathways in cancer cells and protective mechanisms in chemotherapy-induced damage to the heart. She is married to Natie Engelbrecht and is mother to their sixteen-year-old daughter, Retha.