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.
Professor Wayne Derman is Director and Chair of ISEM. He is also Director of the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence and Co-Director of the South African IOC Research Centre for Injury Prevention and Protection of Health of the Athlete.
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.
ISEM’s MSc goes online!
Our MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine started their block week on Monday 30 March ONLINE! With the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown in place in South Africa, contact sessions were impossible! Within a few days, ISEM managed to convert all sessions into online learning via Microsoft Teams.
13 students and 12 staff and lecturers are able to interact, teach, educate, share, learn and discuss on one platform. The future of education is changing and using technology is a definite help. We are looking forward to the changes to the education space at ISEM and Stellenbosch University.
Prof Lamberts produces first collaborative PhD for ISEM
Dr Nienke Veerbeek, who studied aging in ambulant adults Cerebral Palsy who have been treated with Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), recently received her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Cape Town. She is the first person to have ever received this PhD, which was a collaborative research project between the Neuroscience Institute (Dr Nelleke Langerak as the main supervisor and Prof Graham Fieggen as co-supervisor) and ISEM & the Division Orthopaedic Surgery (Prof Robert Lamberts).
Besides the fantastic milestone for Dr Veerbeek and the Neuroscience Institute, this achievement is also 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.