Professor Johan Koeslag

Professor Johan Koeslag

Abbreviated Biography of Emeritus Professor Johan KoeslagM.B., Ch.B., Ph.D. (Cape Town) Johan Koeslag was born in Witbank, Mpumalanga (previously the Eastern Transvaal), in 1940. He spent his childhood in Indonesia, Holland, Zululand, and Kenya. He received his secondary schooling at the Prince of Wales School in Nairobi, Kenya, from where he went on to study Medicine at the University of Cape Town from 1959 to 1964. He did his internship in Medicine, and in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1965, followed by a senior internship in Surgery at McCord’s Hospital in Durban. He then worked as a Registrar in Internal Medicine at the Erasmus University Academic Hospital in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After a short spell in General Practice in Durban, he joined the Department of Physiology at the University of Cape Town as a lecturer in 1972. He obtained his PhD in 1980 (Thesis title: “Post-exercise ketosis in non-diabetic subjects”), and was promoted to ad hominem Associate Professor in Physiology and Human Biology in 1987. He was appointed Head of the Department of Medical Physiology at the University of Stellenbosch in 1990. He has published 82 full articles in professional journals, on a wide variety of subjects ranging from exercise physiology, post-exercise ketosis, physiological homeostats (especially the Insulin-Glucagon-hGH counter-regulatory system, and how disturbances of its mechanism might cause Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus), as well as various aspects of evolutionary biology (such as the engine of speciation, the evolution of sex, the evolutionary affordability of males, punctuated evolutionary equilibria, the evolution of cooperation and koinophilia, which he believes provides a parsimonious explanation of many of the above...
Proffessor Amanda Lochner

Proffessor Amanda Lochner

Prof. Amanda Lochner graduated at the University of Stellenbosch [B.Sc. 1957 (cum Laude); M.Sc. 1959 (cum laude); D.Sc. 1964; Ph.D. 1977]. She was a research fellow in the Department of Medicine, University of Texas, South-Western Medical School, Dallas Texas 1962-1963. On her return to South Africa, she was appointed as a research assistant in the CSIR Degenerative Diseases Group, Faculty of Medicine, University of Stellenbosch (1964-1970). From 1970-1987 she was a senior specialist scientist in the MRC Molecular and Cellular Cardiology Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Stellenbosch. Since 1988 she has been a chief specialist scientist in the MRC Programme for Experimental Biology, Dept of Medical Physiology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Stellenbosch. She was appointed as an Associate Professor at the University of Stellenbosch (ad hominem) in 1990, and as Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Medical Physiology and Biochemistry (University of Stellenbosch) in 1998. Prof Amanda Lochner was President of the Physiology Society of Southern Africa from 1997 till 2001. She was vice-president of the International Society of Pathophysiology 2002-2004. She regularly serves on the evaluation panels of the National Research Foundation. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa, Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy and Acta Hungaria Physiologica.Prof Lochner retired in 2006 and has since been employed by the University of Stellenbosch on a contract basis as Extraordinary Professor in the Division of Medical Physiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences. Research interests Elucidation of events in myocardial ischaemia and reperfusion and cardioprotection have formed the major thrust of her research efforts. Current interests are...
Professor David Gray      

Professor David Gray      

Prof. David Gray was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North-East of England and he was educated (BSc and MSc) in England prior to taking up his first job as a research scientist in the Division of Endocrine Physiology and Pharmacology at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Mill Hill, London. At the NIMR he was privileged to work with John Parsons, one of the pre-eminent researchers of the time in the field of parathyroid hormone physiology. In 1981 he moved to Germany to work at one of the Max-Planck Institutes at the W.G. Kerckhoff Institute for Clinical Research located in Bad Nauheim, just north of Frankfurt. At the Kerckhoff Institute he carried out research into the endocrine control of salt and fluid balance, primarily in birds and during his time there he was again privileged to work with two world renowned physiologists, Eckhart Simon and Ted Hammel. During the period 1986 and 1987 Dave was awarded an overseas scholarship by the Max-Planck Society and completed his PhD at the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa (now known as NMMU) where he carried out studies in the field of osmoregulation in sea birds under the guidance of Theunis Erasmus.   In 1992 Dave left Germany to return to South Africa, spending two years at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, before joining the Department of General Physiology, which was one of two physiology departments at the time, at Wits. His research interests continued to be in the field of avian osmoregulation, however, following the amalgamation of the two Departments of Physiology into a single department in 1996, the focus...

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