Metabolic Research Group (IMRG)
Dr Theo Nell
The “Human as Unit” is the
focus. We focus on diseases of lifestyle
mainly in which metabolism plays the central role but integrated with other
physiological systems and also interdisciplinary systems.
Physiological associations are investigated
in an epidemiological as well as molecular/cellular approach. The research group has a very high
socio-health impact with a pragmatic focus.
The research blends well in the social impact vision and mission of the
University of Stellenbosch, and Faculty of Science.
- Menopause and bone health in
farm working women.
- Body shape and lifestyle
associated cancer risk.
- Red blood cell fatty acid
composition in a metabolic syndrome population.
- Adipocytokine profile in a
metabolic syndrome cross sectional study.
- Lipocalin and galectin in a diabetic
- Annexin A1 profiles in the
context of different classes of obesity.
- Parkinsons disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Machine learning
- Post graduate students are
trained in Good Clinical Practice before commencing their projects on human
volunteers. Additionally, anthropometric
training is done for projects in which body dimensions are used to describe
risk of certain lifestyle related diseases.
- Ultrasound bone densitometry
training is done for bone health projects.
- All blood sample analyses are
done by post the graduate students in the laboratory (ELISA’s).
- Scanning electron microscopy
and confocal microscopy techniques are acquired for some projects.