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Johannesburg
University of Johannesburg
Cnr Sherwell and Beit Street
Health Clinic Building, 2nd Floor
Doornfontein Campus, Doornfontein Johannesburg
Tel: 072 762 3548 or 082 059 5756
Email: Felicia.mpiti@mrc.ac.za

Cape Town
Francie Van Zijl Drive
Parow Vallei
P O Box 19070
Tygerberg 7505
Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 938 0326
Fax: +27 21 938 0342

Professor Angela MatheeProfessor Angela Mathee PhD
Director: Environment & Health Research Unit;
Director: World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Urban Health
Location: Johannesburg
Tel: + 27 12 339 8539
E-mail: amathee@mrc.ac.za

Angela Mathee currently heads the Medical Research Council's Environment & Health Research Unit and is also Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Urban Health. She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg and an Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has a PhD from the School of Public Health (University of the Witwatersrand) and an MSc degree in Environmental Epidemiology & Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her main research interests are exposure to lead amongst South African children and urban housing and health. For her research on lead poisoning in South African children, Prof. Mathee won the 2007 Health Category of the Shoprite-Checkers/SABC2 Woman of the Year competition.

Dr Nisha NaickerDr Nisha Naicker PhD, MMed (Community Health), FCPHM, MBBCh
Location: Johannesburg
Tel: + 27 12 339 8562
E-mail: nisha.naicker@mrc.ac.za

Dr Nisha Naicker is a Senior Specialist Scientist with the Environment and Health Research Unit. She is a Senior Honorary lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and an Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg. Her main areas of research are Urban Health and Persistent Toxic Substances.

Dr Caradee WrightDr Caradee Wright
Tel: + 27 12 339 8543
E-mail: Caradee.Wright@mrc.ac.za

Caradee Wright is a Specialist Scientist in the Environment and Health Research Unit. She is also an Extraordinary Lecturer at the University of Pretoria. She has a PhD in Public Health from the University of Otago and a Master’s degree in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Natal. Her main research interests are in climate and human health. Her research focuses on personal solar ultraviolet radiation exposure, personal dosimetry, health risk assessment and skin cancer prevention. She also works in air quality finding ways to integrate public health into air quality management and in broader environmental health policy. Caradee is the founder of the Environmental Health Research Network (www.ehrn.co.za) initiated in 2009.

Dr Renée Street
Location: Durban

Tel: + 27 31 203 4812
E-mail: renee.street@mrc.ac.za

Dr. Renée Street is a project manager in the Environment & Health Research Unit. Renée is also an honorary lecturer at the Discipline of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research focuses on evaluating heavy metal compounds which enter the food chain and determining the potential environmental and human impacts thereof. She has a keen interest in indigenous knowledge systems with particular emphasis on public health issues and policy development.

Ms June TeareMs June Teare, MSc (Med), DMT (Histology)
Tel: + 27 41 504 9963
Email: june.teare@mrc.ac.za

June Teare is a Senior Scientist with the Environment and Health Research Unit.  She holds an MSc (Med) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.  She is preparing to undertake a PhD on the quality of marine recreational water and its impact on the health of bathers and beachgoers.  She is also keenly interested in the health implications of people living in poverty-driven informal settlements.

Dr Vusumuzi Nkosi, PhD (Public Health)
Location: Johannesburg

Tel: + 27 12 339 8571
Email: vusi.nkosi@mrc.ac.za

Vusumuzi Nkosi is a Senior Scientist in the Environment & Health Research Unit. He has a PhD in Public Health from the University of Pretoria. He is a Golden Key member and was awarded Silver Sponsorship by the European Respiratory Society. He gained research experience at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. His research interests are air pollution and respiratory disease epidemiology.

Ms Thandi Kapwata Ms Thandi Kapwata
Tel: +27 12 3398644
Email: Thandi.Kapwata@mrc.ac.za

Thandi is a Senior Scientist and holds an MSc (Environmental Science) degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal. Her area of interest is the application of GIS for the improvement of environmental and public health, particularly integrating statistics, GIS and remote sensing systems. She is currently preparing to enrol for a PhD.

Ms. Busisiwe Shezi, MSc (Medical Science)
Location: Durban

Tel: + 27 31 203 4720
E-mail: Busisiwe.shezi@mrc.ac.za

Ms. Busisiwe Shezi is a scientist in the Environment & Health Research Unit. She holds an MSc (Medical Science) from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, Durban. She is preparing to undertake a PhD on the impacts of fine particulate matter on pregnant women. Her main research interests include exposure to ambient and indoor air pollution on the development of adverse respiratory and birth outcomes.

Prof Halina RöllinProfessor Halina Röllin PhD
Location: Johannesburg
E-mail: halina.rollin@mrc.ac.za

Professor Halina Röllin is an honorary staff member of the Environment and Health Research Unit. She graduated with an MSc degree in chemistry from the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland and later obtained her PhD from the Faculty of Science of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She is an Extraordinary Professor at the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria. Professor Röllin has authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific publications including 4 book chapters, and has lectured extensively at national and international scientific symposia and conferences. She is a member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, The Toxicology Society of South Africa, South African Spectroscopic Society and Public Health Association of South Africa. Prof Röllin is best known for her research on toxicology of metals and their role in human health and disease both in environmental and occupational settings. At present she is involved in multidisciplinary international research projects on the effects of persistent toxic substances present in living environment on the maternal health and birth outcomes in South Africa and elsewhere.

Louise RentonMs Louise Renton
Tel: + 27 12 339 8540
Email: louise.renton@mrc.ac.za

Louise Renton is currently a Chief Research Technologist with the Environment and Health Office of the Environment & Health Research Unit. She is involved in a number of studies within the group and will be embarking on her MPH shortly.

Zamantimande KuneneZamantimande Kunene B CUR (ED ET ADM) OCCUP HEALTH NURS SCIE (HONS)
Tel: + 27 12 339 8567
E-mail:
zamantimande.kunene@mrc.ac.za

Zamantimande Kunene is currently a senior research technologist with the environment research unit. She is currently busy with her research methodology preparing for her MPH. She is involved in a number of studies in the group. Her duties involve Enrolment of participants into studies, Conduct the physical assessments, collecting blood samples, Collect environmental samples, Train and advise fieldworkers, Ensure quality control of samples collected and interviews, Monitoring and evaluation of SOPs, Assist with Data entry, Monitoring and calibration of study equipment and supplies and write factual reports.

Mirriam Mogotsi Mirriam Mogotsi BA Hons
Location: Johannesburg
Tel: + 27 12 339 8560
E-mail: mirriam.mogotsi@mrc.ac.za

Mirriam Mogotsi is currently a Senior Research Technologist with the environment research unit. She is involved in various projects within the unit, and coordinates and support projects. Her duties involves procurement of the research study suppliers, training and support of fieldworkers, collecting environmental samples . Ensure quality control of samples collected and interviews, sample analysis, data capturing and processing, assets management, controlling and managing petty cash, and complete the Safety and Health Environment duties.

Tanya HamanTanya Haman
Tel: + 27 12 339 8564
E-mail: tanya.haman@mrc.ac.za

Tanya Haman is currently a Project Manager within the Environment & Health Research Unit. She holds an MPH (Field of Health Measurement) from the University of the Witwatersrand, which focused on the knowledge, perception and attitudes of pregnant women in relation to child lead hazards. She is involved in the Health Environment and Development (HEAD) study, mining and health as well as lead studies within the unit.  Tanya will be embarking on her PhD studies soon.

Felicia MpitiMs Felicia Mpiti
Location: Johannesburg

Tel: + 27 12 339 8530
E-mail: felicia.mpiti@mrc.ac.za

Felicia Mpiti oversees all aspects of the administration of the Environment and Health Research Unit, as well as the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Urban Health. She is currently studying towards a BCom degree (Management) with the University of South Africa.

Sheillah NdlovuMs Sheillah Ndlovu
Location: Johannesburg

Tel: + 27 12 339 8570
E-mail: sheila.ndlovu@mrc.ac.za

Sheillah Ndlovu provides ad hoc hygiene and administrative assistance within the E&HRU. She has obtained an Office Assistant Certificate with Boston Business College.

 

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