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Director

Dr Delva Shamley is a South African graduate and has been in academia for 26 years, 13 of which were spent in the UK. Her training and experience of clinical research comes from Oxford NHS and the Centre for Medical Statistics, Oxford University, UK. Delva has been training and supporting clinicians in Research Methods for many years. She returned to Cape Town in 2011 and started as Deputy Director of the UCT CRC in October of 2013.  She has since been appointed as the Interim Director for CRC.

Administrator

Faldeelah (Fee) Fisher is the fuel that keeps the CRC going. She oversees and coordinates a myriad of administrative and support functions within the CRC, ranging from Admin, HR, Finance, Marketing and Events coordination.

Operations Manager: Investigator-Lead Projects

Dr Wynand Smythe graduated from Rhodes University with his pharmacy degree in 1997. Perusing his interest in pharmacology, Wynand completed his doctorate degree in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Cape Town. Whilst completing his thesis titled "Population Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) of first line anti-tuberculosis drugs", Wynand experienced the stimulating environments of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Cape Town and the University of Uppsala in Sweden. This experience not only honed his knowledge regarding mixed effects modelling and the clinical relevance of population PK/PD to the treatment of infectious diseases, but has also exposed him to a broad range of topics and skills relevant to clinical pharmacology today including laboratory assay procedures from HPLC-coupled tandem mass spectrometry to peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) extraction assays. Wynand enjoys statistics and is part of team delivering the biannual MMED training workshops.

Operations Manager: Pharma-Lead Projects  

Brenda Wright (Registered Nurse/Medical Technician) started her career in Research at an Early Phase Unit in George in 2005.  There she gained experience as study coordinator, Manager Clinical Planning, Manager Transit Laboratory and Clinical Trial Assistants.  Experience includes:  Healthy Volunteer, Bio-equivalent, First into Human, Restless Legs, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Schizophrenia, Diabetes, COPD, Asthma, Osteo Arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, various skin diseases, TB, HIV, Sickle Cell in children and adolescents and Cancer. Brenda joined the CRC in April 2014 as Project Manager and the Research Facility Ward Manager.

Research Pharmacist

Nicky Kramer  trained as a pharmacist at Groote Schuur Hospital before moving to London where she worked at Pfizer UK in the Oncology Business Unit as part of the scientific/medical team. Upon returning to SA she worked in private oncology centres before joining the UCT Division of Clinical Pharmacology to conduct research in pharmacovigilance. Nicky is a multi-skilled person and also acts as a trial co-ordinator when able to do so.

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Kelebogile Seloka joined the CRC clinical operations team in January 2017. Lebo graduated with MCur (Research) from the University of Stellenbosch in 2012 and has coordinated several clinical trials.

   

Data Analyst

Annemie Stewart is a Public Health and Epidemiology graduate, with years of experience in data management and analysis. Annemie leads the Data Management Forum and is the REDCap and OpenClinica Coordinator in the faculty.

Data Manager

Chedwin Grey is an experienced data manager and quality control expert offering research support in the faculty.

Health and Safety Consultant

Chloe Ovenstone is the Health and Safety Officer for the CRC and liaises directly with Groote Schuur Hospital and UCT Health and Safety departments.  She manages the emergency trolley in the Early Phase Ward and also assists with appropriate medical procedures during the conduct of clinical trials.  She provides invaluable BLS training to FHS staff and their research teams.

Regulatory Consultant

Lavinia Petersen is an experienced research administrator and an expert in regulatory affairs and participant recruitment.  Lavinia assists the Project Manager during the planning and conduct phases of clinical trials.

Regulatory Officer

Inge Vermeulen, PGCE, BSc (Med) Hons in Human Physiology. At present Inge is employed as the Regulatory Officer at the Clinical Research Centre. She has experience in clinical trial review and regulatory process as well as assists with clinical operations, including quality assurance.

 

Clinical Research Nurse

Lizette Adams is a Research Nurse with years of clinical experience.  Her clinical trial experience includes First into Human and Sickle Cell Disease in children and adolescents.  Lizette is also an excellent recruiter