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Full members of the CHI are senior scientists and mid-career researchers based at the Institute. They lead one of the CHI research groups as independent investigators and manage funding, student supervision and the research group activity. They are experienced and established leaders in their respective field and committed to conduct research at the Institute for a minimum of five years.  

Dirk Blom
Prof. Dirk Blom

MBChB, MMed (Int Med), FCP (SA), PhD
Head of Division of Lipidology, University of Cape Town
P: +27 (0)21 406 6358 | E: dirk.blom@uct.ac.za
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CHI research group: Lipid Research (Lead)
CHI membership: Full member

Sandrine Lecour
Prof. Sandrine Lecour

Deputy Director CHI
PharmD, (Dijon, France), PhD
P: +27 (0)21 406 6278 | E: sandrine.lecour@uct.ac.za
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CHI research group: Cardioprotection (Lead)
CHI membership: Full member

Ntobeko Ntusi
Prof. Ntobeko AB Ntusi

BSc(hons), MBChB, DPhi,l MD, FRCP, FRSSA
Department of Medicine
P: +27 (0)21 650 9111 | E: ntobeko.ntusi@uct.ac.za
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CHI research group: Cardiac Imaging and Inflammation (Lead)
CHI membership: Full member

Gasnat Shaboodien
Prof. Gasnat Shaboodien

Cardiovascular Genetics Lab
P: +27 (0)21 406 6615 | E: gasnat.shaboodien@uct.ac.za
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CHI research group: Cardiovascular Genetics (CVG) (Lead)
CHI membership: Full member

Karen Sliwa-Hahnle
Prof. Karen Sliwa-Hahnle

Director CHI
MD, PhD, FESC, FACC, FAHA, DTM
Professor of Cardiology, Faculty of Health Sciences
P: +27 (0)21 406 6457 | E: karen.sliwa-hahnle@uct.ac.za
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CHI research groups: Cardiac Disease in Maternity (CDM) (Lead), Heart of Africa (Lead)
CHI membership: Full member

Friedrich Thienemann
Prof. Friedrich Thienemann

Internal Medicine & Infectious Diseases Specialist, DTMPH, MSc International Health
Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
P: +27 (0)21 406 6358 | E: friedrich.thienemann@uct.ac.za
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CHI research groups: General Medicine & Global Health – GMGH (Lead) | Heart of Africa
CHI membership: Full member

Liesl Zühlke
Prof. Liesl Zühlke

Faculty of Health Sciences
P: +27 (0)21 650 2373 | E: liesl.zuhlke@uct.ac.za
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CHI research group: Partnerships for Children with Heart Disease in Africa (PROTEA) (Lead)
CHI membership: Full member

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