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October is International BreastCancer Awareness Month

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Join the ACI's Cancer Lecture series on Breast Cancer:

Cellullar Transitions, Overcoming Clinical Challenges and its Psychosocial Impact 21 October 2021


Prof Maritha Kotze

Principal Medical Scientist, Division of Chemical Pathology, Stellenbosch University and National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town.

Professor Maritha Kotze is a human geneticist who obtained her BSc, BSc honours and MSc degrees (all cum laude), and PhD degree in 1990. Her publications include more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and invited book chapters.

She received many publication prizes, has been awarded with the Rector’s Award for Research Excellence (1999), received a patent incentive award for Research Innovation (2005) and was identified by the Institute for Scientific Information in the USA as one of the 20 highest ranking active publishers in the biomedical field in South Africa. Over the last two decades she focused on research translation in her capacity as a director and shareholder of Gknowmix (Pty) Ltd., a spin-out company of the South African Medical Research Council. The pathology supported genetic testing framework resulting from this work was acknowledged as best practice in 2020 by the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine.

Dr Jenny Edge

Head of Breast and Endocrine Surgery Unit, Division of Surgery, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town.

Dr Jenny Edge did her undergraduate training in London (UCL), worked for 5 years in New Zealand (Palmerston North and Hamilton) and moved to South Africa in 1994. She joined the department of surgery and trained as a general surgeon at University of Stellenbosch and specialised in breast and endocrine surgery.

In 2000, she started in full time private practice as a surgeon at Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital focusing on the management of breast complaints. In 2018, she left full time private practice to return to the surgical department at University of Stellenbosch as head of the breast and endocrine unit. She is the founder and director of the Breast Course for Nurses and co-author of the book "Breast Care" which is part of the Bettercare series of books and forms the core content of the course.

Prof Ashraf Kagee

Professor, Department of Psychology and Co-Director of the Alan Fisher Centre for Public Mental Health, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town

Prof Ashraf Kagee received his PhD in Counselling Psychology from Ball State University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a Masters degree in Public Health at the University of Cape Town.

His work is broadly located at the nexus of psychology and public health, including stress and trauma, mental health and chronic illness, and evidence-based practice and scientific thinking in psychology. He currently serves on a working group of the World Health Organisation to decide on diagnostic criteria for stress-related disorders for the forthcoming edition of the International Classification of Diseases. He has published in a wide variety of journals including Global Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, and Transcultural Psychiatry.


Dr Etienne Myburgh

Oncology Surgeon, Mediclinic Panorama, Cape Town

Dr Etienne Myburgh is an oncology surgeon specializing in Head- and Neck cancers, Breast Cancer, soft tissue sarcoma, melanoma and other oncological procedures. He completed his Surgical training in Cape Town at Tygerberg Hospital and the University of Stellenbosch and subsequently became a consultant surgeon in Head and Neck Oncology Surgery, Breast surgery and Endocrine surgery at Tygerberg Hospital in 2000. He developed his skills in oncology surgery, oncoplastic breast techniques and reconstructive procedures for Head and neck tumours. He is a fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa and Chairman of the Cape Town Breast Cancer Forum, enjoys the training of surgeons in Head, Neck and Breast oncology surgery and research in the field of surgical oncology and genetics.

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