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2nd UK/SA Cardiovascular research workshop

16 - 17 August 2012, University of Cape Town - South Africa

Organized by Dr Derek Hausenloy and Prof Sandrine Lecour, the main purpose of this joint United Kingdom (UK)/South Africa (SA) Cardiovascular Research Workshop is to highlight the work of our young researchers and to promote fruitful cardiovascular research collaborations between the UK and SA.

The main research themes of the workshop have been chosen to represent the major overlapping research interests in the UK and SA, and will include myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion injury, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, heart failure, diabetes, hypertension and its cardiovascular effects. A highly impressive panel of SA guest speakers will participate in this workshop, as well as three well-known senior researchers from the UK.

To achieve our objective of highlighting the work of our young researchers and promoting fruitful cardiovascular research collaborations, we would like to give 5 excellent PhD students from academic institutions in the UK the opportunity to attend and present their data in SA. The other participants will consist of postgraduate students and junior researchers from South African Institutions.
Visits to the cardiovascular research facilities at the University of Cape Town, in order to facilitate future collaborations, will form part of the programme.  These visits will be organized in small groups (+/- 10) and led by students and junior researchers to encourage interaction among the participants.

Brief Schedule of the activities

The workshop will be held from Thursday 16 August 2012 till Friday 17 August 2012.

From Thursday to Friday morning, five themed sessions, each lasting half a day, will be organised and will involve: 

  • myocardial ischemia-reperfusion,
  • signalling in cardioprotection,
  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • heart failure
  • risk factors in heart disease.

These themes were chosen to represent the major overlapping research interests in the UK and in South Africa.

Each session will open with talks from two senior scientists (from UK and/or SA), followed by presentations from PhD students and more junior researchers from both countries.

On Friday morning, a specific session will be organized by the basic science Working Group of the European Society of Cardiology, giving the opportunity to the students to interact with top European researchers in the cardiovascular field.  

On Monday to Wednesday prior to the Workshop, PhD students will visit the different cardiovascular research laboratories at UCT and Stellenbosch.       

Expected research outputs:

This informal workshop aims to foster interaction amongst South African researchers working in the cardiovascular field (at both junior and senior levels) and with UK participants, in order to promote collaborations and student exchanges.

This workshop would follow the very successful workshop, organised by Dr Derek Hausenloy (UCL) and Prof Sandrine Lecour (University of Cape Town), that took place at University College, London, in December 2010. Three senior SA researchers and six SA PhD students attended the meeting. Following the workshop, one of the PhD students was invited to University College London for 6 months, to do part of his PhD research project.   


This meeting is endorsed by:
The University of Cape Town
The South African Heart Association
The European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Cellular Biology of the Heart. 


  • Prof Michael Frennaux – Aberdeen University, UK
  • Prof Kalus Preissner – University of Giessen, Germany
  • Prof Faadiel Essop– University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Dr  Derek Hausenloy – University College London, UK
  • Prof Sandrine Lecour – University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Prof Ed Sturrock – University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dr Mpiko Ntekhe- University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Prof Hanlie Moolman-Smook – University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Prof Hans Strijdom – University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Dr Marisol Ruiz- Meana – University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Prof Michel Ovize – University of Lyon, France
  • Prof Peter Ferdinandy - University of Szeged, Hungary
  • Dr Liesl Zuhlke, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Prof Hans Strijdom, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Prof Sajidah Khan, University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa


5 PhD students (5 UK) will apply to the British Heart Foundation for travel grants.

70 national postgraduate students, junior and senior researchers, 5 UK PhD students

For more information, please contct Dr Derek Hausenloy and Prof Sandrine Lecour.