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Unit Director
Debbie Bradshaw, MSc, DPhil (Oxon)
She trained as a biostatistician and developed expertise in epidemiology and demography during her career as a researcher. Her main research interests are mortality profiles and health transition.

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P O Box 19070 , Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 9380427
Fax: +27 21 9380310
E-mail: debbie.bradshaw@mrc.ac.za

debbie
Scientists

Jané Joubert, BA, BA Hons, MA; BA Hons (Demography), MA (Demography).
Specialist Scientist
Within burden of disease assessment, Jané’s main research interests is mortality analysis, with a focus on the quality of mortality and cause-of-death data, and descriptive epidemiology of major local disease, injury and risk factors for disease. Her peripheral research interests include demographic ageing and burden of disease in older persons.

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P O Box 19070 , Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 938-0308
Fax: +27 21 938-0310
E-mail: jane.joubert@mrc.ac.za

Jané Joubert

Nadine Nannan, MSc (Molecular biology), MSc (Medical demography)
Senior Scientist
Her interests are in child mortality differentials and inequalities in health.

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P O Box 19070 , Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 938-0426
Fax: +27 21 938-0310
E-mail: nadine.nannan@mrc.ac.za

Nadine Nannan

Pam Groenewald, MB ChB MPH
Specialist Scientist (Part-time)
Her interests are in mortality surveillance and burden of disease.

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P O Box 19070 , Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Cell: 0825330000
Fax: +27 21 938-0310
E-mail: pamela.groenewald@mrc.ac.za

Pam Groenewald

Richard Matzopoulos, BBusSci, MPhil (Epidemiology), PhD (Public Health)
Specialist Scientist
Richard Matzopoulos is a Specialist Scientist at the Medical Research Council’s Burden of Disease Research Unit and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine, and its Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, where he co-ordinates its Violence and Injury Research programme.

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Richard’s research centres on measuring the health and social burden of violence and injury, and evaluating interventions and policies that target upstream determinants. He is currently principal investigator on two competitive grants awarded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the UK’s Department for International Development to evaluate the impact of alcohol policy and urban upgrading on violence reduction in selected low-income communities in South Africa. He advises the Provincial Government of the Western Cape on its interpersonal violence and injury prevention and surveillance activities through its Burden of Disease Reduction Project and chairs its transversal Injury Prevention Working Group. He is one of two South African focal points for the international Violence Prevention Alliance. 

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Faculty of Health Sciences, Falmouth Building Rm 4.47, Anzio Road, Observatory 7925, South Africa
Tel:+27 21 4066765
Fax: +27 21 4066163
E-mail: richard.matzopoulos@mrc.ac.za

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Dr Victoria Pillay-van Wyk, MPH (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), PhD (Pediatrics)
Specialist Scientist
Her current interests are Infectious Disease Epidemiology and HIV incidence modeling.

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P O Box 19070 , Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 9380308
Fax: +27 21 9380310
E-mail:
victoria.pillay-vanwyk@mrc.ac.za

victoria

Lyn Hanmer, MSc (Eng), MSc (Bioengineering), PhD (Information Systems)
Specialist Scientist: Head: WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications
Current interests: Evaluation of Health Information Systems; Clinical coding to support health services.

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P O Box 19070 , Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 9380434
Fax: +27 21 9380310
E-mail: lyn.hanmer@mrc.ac.za

Lyn Hanmer

Ria Laubscher, BCom (Maths)
Senior Scientist (Biostatistics Unit)
Her interests are in mortality profiles, graphical display of data and programming.

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P O Box 19070 , Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 938-0336
Fax: +27 21 938-0310
E-mail: ria.laubscher@mrc.ac.za

Ria Laubscher

Ntuthu Somdyala, MA Development Studies; BCur, Registered Nurse & Midwife
Senior Scientist 

Her interests are in cancer surveillance, epidemiology, prevention and control.

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P O Box 19070 , Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 938-0314
Fax: +27 21 938-0310
E-mail: ntuthu.somdyala@mrc.ac.za

ntuthu

Beatrice Nojilana, Dip in Clinical Medicine, MPH
Senior Scientist
Her interests are Burden of disease, with a particular interest in cause of death certification and epidemiology of non-communicable diseases, approaches to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases including policy interventions in terms of legislation, regulation and fiscal measures as well as monitoring and evaluation of these policies.

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P O Box 19070 , Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 938-0411
Fax: +27 21 938-0310
E-mail: beatrice.nojilana@mrc.ac.za

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Megan Prinsloo, MPH (Epidemiology)
Senior Scientist
She is currently registered for a PhD in Public Health. Her interests are urban-rural differences for homicide in South Africa; and to estimate Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) lost due to violence.

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P O Box 19070 , Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 938-0513
Fax: +27 21 938-0310
E-mail: megan.prinsloo@mrc.ac.za

Megan Prinsloo

Ian Neethling, MSc. (Physiological Sciences)
Senior Scientist
He is currently registered for a PhD in Public Health. His interests are in mortality surveillance and the use of burden of disease information for health care decision making.

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P O Box 19070 , Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 938-0473
Fax: +27 21 938-0310
E-mail: ian.neethling@mrc.ac.za

ian

Nomfuneko Sithole, BSc Hons (Human Physiology)
Research Assistant
Her interests are in cancer surveillance and public health.

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P O Box 19070, Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: 0219380331
Fax: 0219380310
Email: nomfuneko.sithole@mrc.ac.za

nomfuneko

Edward Nicol, BSc. Hons (Geography), MA (Demography and Population Studies)
Senior Scientist
His current interests include monitoring and evaluation of maternal and child health programmes; and Evaluation of Health Information Systems

Contact details
P O Box 19070 , Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 938-0422
Fax: +27 21 938-0310
E-mail: Edward.Nicol@mrc.ac.za

Edward Nicol
Administration/

Elize de Kock
Chief Officer (Secretary)

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P O Box 19070, Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 938-0327
Fax: +27 21 938-0310
E-mail: elize.de.kock@mrc.ac.za

Elize de Kock

Sulaiman Abrahams
Administration/Data Capturer

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PO Box 19070,Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 938-0422
Fax: +27 21 938-0310
Email: sulaiman.abrahams@mrc.ac.za

Sulaiman Abrahams

Collaborators

  1. Ian Timaeus, Centre for Population Studies, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  2. Rob Dorrington, Actuarial Science, University of Cape Town
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