The Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine, better known as ISEM, is based at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg Campus, Cape Town, South Africa.
ISEM’s mandate at the University is to co-ordinate and set direction for research, teaching and service provision in sport and exercise medicine.
The Institute's high-level research and teaching component propels the discipline of sport and exercise medicine onto a new platform from which it can expand both within and beyond the campus.
ISEM offers several courses in Sport and Exercise Medicine, while conducting ground-breaking research and translating this knowledge back to the community and the medical field.
Prof Lamberts produces first collaborative PhD of ISEM
Dr Nienke Veerbeek, who studied aging in ambulant adults Cerebral Palsy who have been treated with Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), recently received, as the first person ever, her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Cape Town. This PhD was a collaborative research project between the Neuroscience Institute (Dr Nelleke Langeral (main supervisor) and Prof Graham Fieggen (co-supervisor) and ISEM & the Division Orthopaedic Surgery (Prof Robert Lamberts).
Besides the fantastic mile-poles for Dr Veerbeek and the Neuroscience Institute, this achievement also is the first collaborative PhD that ISEM has produced.
The funding will enable Martin to determine whether a fully incentivised 6 week rehabilitation program for patients with non-communicable diseases living in low-resourced settings may lead to better feasibility, and subsequently greater benefits, despite the higher costs. This funding is an exciting and "out-of-the-box" extension to the feasibility randomised control trial, which is currently ongoing in Bishop Lavis. Martin is in the final stages of data collection for this RCT and the protocol can be found in BMJ Open.
ISEM Case Study published on the FIFA website
As a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, ISEM is required to submit articles and cases relating to football medicine. Our recent case study concerning a Glenohumeral Joint Ossicle was published and can be found here.
Well done to Dr Jo-Anne Kirby, an honorary ISEM staff member, Prof Derman, and collaborating radiologist Richard de Villiers for all of their contributions to the case.
1st PhD in Orthopaedic Surgery supervised by ISEM's Prof Rob Lamberts
History was made this year when Dr Reggie King became the first person in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to receive his PhD in Orthopaedic Surgery.
“A lot of people were involved in facilitating this and I would particularly like to thank the head of department, who put all the structures together, as well as my supervisor. Without them, this would have been impossible. This kind of work requires so much guidance. It is pretty much impossible to do it by yourself." King's PhD was entitled The management of clavicle shaft fractures - evaluating the ability of a novel locked intramedullary device to achieve union and restore function of the shoulder.
King's supervisor, Professor Rob Lamberts, Head of Research and Research at ISEM within the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, was also delighted with the achievement. “As a supervisor, it has been a privilege to work with Dr King and being able to write history at Stellenbosch University. This PhD is the 'cherry on the cake'. Interestingly, there are only about five orthopaedic surgeons in South Africa who have a PhD – so it is truly an exceptional achievement," he said. Lamberts said King worked on his PhD whilst working full-time as an orthopaedic surgeon. He submitted his PhD of five chapters in August – three chapters of which were published.