Medical Physiology
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Division Medical Physiology


Our research group, founded in 1960, is located in the Division of Medical Physiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Recent reports in the literature are pointing to an accelerated prevalence of cardiovascular diseases (including ischaemic heart disease) in South Africa, among others due to increasing trends of epidemiological transition, higher prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors (e.g. diabetes mellitus, obesity and vascular pathology) and a growing interplay between communicable and non-communicable diseases. In view of the fact that cardiovascular disease remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in South Africa, the mandate of our research programme is to pursue research into in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro  aspects of different pathophysiological states of the cardiovascular system, with special attention to the South African perspective. Our group consists of 40 members (researchers, academic staff, research and technical assistants and postgraduate students), and is headed by Prof Hans Strijdom.

The Cardiovascular Research Group has close collaborative ties with the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research (University of Cape Town), the Department of Medical Biosciences (University of the Western Cape), the Department of Physiological Sciences (Faculty of Science, University of Stellenbosch), and several units / centres / platforms of the Medical Research Council (MRC) of South Africa. We are also active members of the South African Society for Cardiovascular Research (SASCAR). Our group is keen on initiating and forging collaborations with other research groups that have similar research interests, nationally or internationally. For any enquiries about our group, our research, postgraduate or post-doc opportunities, or collaboration initiatives, please contact Prof Hans Strijdom (e-mail: