Anatomy and Histology
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Division Anatomy and Histology

Islet- and Musculoskeletal Research Group ​

 

The Islet- and musculoskeletal research group focuses on fundamental research on islet cells in view of finding a new source of donor islet cells for transplantation. The group has established collaborations with researchers within and outside South Africa; Prof Dietrich - the University of the Western Cape (South Africa), Prof B. Longo-Mbenza- Walter Sisulu University (South Africa), Prof J.D. Johnson - the University British Columbia (Canada), Prof MD Shahidul Islam – Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and Prof A.N. Balamurugan - the University of Minnesota (USA).

For any enquiries about the Islet and MSK Research team, please contact Dr Venant Tchokonte-Nana.

 

Group Contact details:

Whatsapp: @Islet&MSK Res group

Slack: @Islet&MSK Res group


Staff and Students

Research Group Leader

Dr. Venant TCHOKONTE-NANA

HPEd, BMedScHons (Anatomy), MSc (Anatomy), PhD (Histology).

Tel: +27-219389413; 

email: venant@sun.ac.za




PhD candidates:

Mrs. Eleonore NGOUNOU, BMedScHons (Anatomy); MSc ( Anatomy).

Project: Hyperglycaemia and its implication on the pancreatic islet microvasculature in diabetic rat models.

Tel: +27-747706062; 

email: 18837832@sun.ac.za




Mrs.  Rochelle van WIJK, ND (Med Tech.), BTech (Biotech.), MSc (Med).

Project:  An investigation of diet-induced diabetes on the cognitive function and histomorphology of the brain.

Tel; +27-843524919; 

email: 16584538@sun.ac.za





MSc candidates:


Mr. Bryan BERGSTEEDT, BSc (Life Sc.), BScHons(Anatomy).

Tel: +27-219389397; 

email: bryan@sun.ac.za







Dr. Chancy MADY-GOMA, MD.

Project: Variations of the level of division of the sciatic nerve and implications on the popliteal block. 

Tel: +27-740740319; 

email: 20564910@sun.ac.za




Miss.  Cyrilleen McKAY, BSc (Life Sc.) BScHons (Anatomy).

Project:  Lateral Cortical Bone Thickness of Dry Mandibles in the Region of the Mental Foramen: Implications of Accessory Mental Foramen by the Champy Technique.

Tel: +27-718390637; 

email: 16929993@sun.ac.za





Mr. Jaudon FOIRET, BSc (Life Sc.), BScHons (Anatomy).

Project: The effect of a high sucrose diet on ovarian morphology, bone composition and fertility in the rat.

Tel: +27-769298511; 

email: 17644127@sun.ac.za




BSc Honours candidates:

Miss.  Ikhona DYAN, BSc (Life Sc.).

Project: Effects of Streptozotocin on testicular histomorphology of Wistar rats: A morphometric study.

Tel: +27-731657393; 

email: 21218765@sun.ac.za







Mr. Luke MEYER, BSc (Life Sc.).

Project: Quantitative and qualitative study of t-lymphocytes in the spleen and pancreas in STZ diabetic Wistar rats: correlation with the renal histomorphology

Tel: +27-836601297; 

email: 17820227@sun.ac.za





Miss.  Angelique MR ABRAHAMS, BSc (Life Sc.).

Project: The Anatomical Variation and Histopathology of the Abdominal Aorta in a Western Cape cadaver cohort.

Tel: +27-615409700; 

email: 18296106@sun.ac.za






Interdisciplinary students:

PhD candidate:

Division of Clinical Pharmacology

Miss Clare Njoki KIMANI, BSc, MSc (Pharmacology).

Project: Beta-cell regeneration and pharmacokinetic interaction of a selected anti-diabetic plant with oral hypoglycaemic drugs.

Tel: +27-843751501; email: 21483442@sun.ac.za




BSc Honours candidate:

Division of Medical Physiology

Mrs Sophie Tanyi TABE, BSc (Biochemistry).

Project: The expression of oxidative stress markers in the serum of diabetic rat models.

Tel: +27-638531899; email: 21512132@sun.ac.za