Welcome to New Academic Staff Members
Dr Jill Fortuin has taken up the position of Lecturer in Appropriate Health Technologies on 1 February 2016. She has a Bachelors in Oral Health (UWC), a Master in eHealthcare and Telemedicine (University of Queensland) and a PhD from UWC. She is passionate about appropriate health technologies specifically the use of information, communication and technologies (ICT) in health. ICT in health specifically Telemedicine and Mobile Health (mHealth) has a definitive role to play in contributing towards the achievement of the Negotiated Service Delivery Agreement (NSDA) South Africa which focuses on the outcome of “a long and healthy life for all South Africans”. Her roles in ICT4Health has included leadership as the Chair of the ICT4Health Stakeholder Forum. She has also been part of the innovation team responsible for the development of the telemedicine workstation. As technology involves a wealth of opportunities are created to improve the quality, access and cost of health care service and education using these tools.
Dr Martha Holmes joined the Division of Biomedical Engineering as a Research Officer on 1 January 2016. She completed a PhD in Physics from Vanderbilt University, focused on theoretical particle physics. She spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University, using resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (RS-FMRI) to examine changes in functional connectivity related to temporal lobe epilepsy. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroimaging with Professor Ernesta Meintjes in UCT’s Division of Biomedical Engineering and the Medical Imaging Research Unit, using multiple MRI modalities to study the possible effects of HIV-infection and HIV-exposure on brain development in children over time. Her current focus is using combined MRI measures as biomarkers of health to examine brain development in healthy, HIV-exposed, uninfected, and HIV-infected children over time.
Dr Frances Robertson joined the Division of Biomedical Engineering as a Research Officer on 1 September 2015. She has BSc (Eng) and MSc (Eng) degrees in electrical engineering from UCT and completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2012 with a thesis on functional brain imaging using near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and functional MRI. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in MR imaging with Professor Ernesta Meintjes, in UCT’s Division of Biomedical Engineering and the Medical Imaging Research Unit, during which she worked on studies of brain morphometry in children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders and morphometry and MR spectroscopy in children with HIV.