The Division of Anatomical Pathology has both diagnostic and academic components. The diagnostic laboratories form part of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) complex at Groote Schuur and Red Cross War Memorial Children's hospitals.
The diagnostic laboratories are at both sites and provide a diagnostic surgical pathology, cytopathology and autopsy services to GSH, the academic hospital complex and associated hospitals and clinics in the Western Cape. The division also serves as a public and private tertiary referral and consultation centre for Anatomical Pathology.
These service commitments drive most of the research programmes that are patient and disease orientated. The Division has recently acquired a research laboratory and currently has 4 MSc, 16 MMed and 2 elective students. The division is currently involved in a range of research activities using a variety of techniques. The main research focus is in the field of molecular pathology pertaining to diseases that are common in South Africa and the Western Cape – these include various cancers, in particular those affecting disadvantaged population groups. Other research areas include tuberculosis, cardiomyopathy and foetal-alcohol syndrome. The Division has introduced a molecular pathology programme that addresses the educational and training requirements of young pathologists and scientists, specifically in the field of Anatomical Pathology.
The Division continues to contribute to the cancer module in the BSc Honours programme. The first intake of students in the reintroduced MPhil course in Paediatric Pathology will be completing in 2012.
The Division has active collaborations internationally with the United Kingdom and has recently started discussions with institutions in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana. There are internal collaborations with the departments of Surgery, Medicine, Cardiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Radiation Oncology, Human Genetics and Medical Biochemistry.
Prof Runjan Chetty - Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Oxford, UK
Prof Sarah Pinder - King's College, London
Dr Marta Cohen – Sheffield University, UK
Dr Germaine Liebrechts-Akkerman – Netherlands: elective postgraduate student