Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Department of Medicine

Division of Endocrinology


Endocrinology is housed in a well-staffed, fully equipped (including biochemistry, bone densitometry and histology laboratories) 15-bed Metabolic Unit in The Tygerberg Academic Hospital. Outpatient facilities (C7C Tygerberg) and basic research laboratories (3rd Floor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) are also available. A comprehensive patient care service in General Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism is provided and the division also acts as a referral centre for patients with metabolic bone diseases like osteoporosis and those with complex endocrinopathies. The division has a longstanding interest and track record in endocrine research at the basic, translational and clinical level, and is actively involved in under- as well as postgraduate teaching.


Head: Prof B H Ascott-Evans
Qualifications: MBChB (UCT), FCP (SA)




Contact details

Jennifer Stopford
021 938 9074

Lee-Ann Korasie
021 938 5125


Other Staff

1-2 rotating registrars; 1-2 PhD students


Research Interests               

  • Molecular biology of osteoblast and stem cell differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis - in particular as it relates to glucocorticoid effects on bone
  • Diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome
  • Ethnic differences in bone strength and fracture prevalence
  • Clinical thyroidology
  • Pituitary tumours