Important Dates

Early Bird Registration

23 April 2019

Online Registration

13 June 2019

Contact Details



+27 (0)11 325 0020

Postal Address:

Postnet Suite 197
Private Bag X11
Craighall, 2024
South Africa

Ms Becky Anastassopoulos, Parent Supporting Parent Coordinator at CHOC

Becky, the mom of a childhood cancer survivor, is a CHOC volunteer who coordinates the Parent Supporting Parent group at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre. Becky spent 23 years in a corporate environment prior to her son being diagnosed with an osteosarcoma in October 2013. When treatment was completed she felt the need to give back by supporting other parents facing the same difficult journey.

Dr Claude Bailly, Medical Geneticist at the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) 

Claude Bailly is a Medical Geneticist. He completed his medical training at the University of the Free State and training for his speciality at the University of Witwatersrand. He is currently working as a Medical Geneticist at the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS).

Dr Nadia Beringer, Paediatric Oncologist in Private Practice at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre

Nadia was a recipient of the Carnegie-SA Undergraduate women’s scholarship programme. This enabled her to pursue medicine at the University of the Free-State she obtained her medical agree in 2007. She did her internship and community service at the Pietermaritzburg Hospital Complex. She spent a year in Manguzi, KZN running the paediatric ward there. She went on to work at CHBAH and completed her FC PAED (SA), and received her MMED degree.

Dr Ntombenhle Bhengu, Medical Geneticist and Lecturer at Wits University

Dr Ntombenhle Bhengu is a Medical Geneticist (MBChB, FCPaed, Cert Med Genetics, MSc Med (Genetic Counselling) and Lecturer at the Wits School of Pathology. Her field of special interest is Inherited Metabolic Disorders/New-born Screening. She is an active member of the Medical  Genetics Group, Metabolic Interest Group, FARR and serves on the LSD Medical Advisory Board. She was recently invited to attend Rare Disease/LSD  Summits in Prague, Vienna and Turkey.

Sr Pritisha Brownley, Paediatric Oncology Nurse at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

Sr Pritisha Brownley is a professional paediatric nurse who has worked in neonates, general paediatrics, haematology and oncology since 1990. Pritisha qualified in paediatrics and neonatal nursing science in 1996. She worked in Saudi Arabia in 1999 in paediatric oncology/haematology and completed oncology paediatric nursing whilst there. She has been working at CMJAH since 2010.

Dr Michael Capra, Paediatric Oncologist, Dublin 

sponsored by the Carnegie Wits Diaspora Foundation.

Dr Capra is a paediatric oncologist who trained as a subspecialist in the UK & Canada and now works in Dublin. He is a keen cyclist and a member of various international clinical trial and research collaborative groups.

Ms Illeana Cocotos, Psychologist and volunteer at CHOC

Illeana Cocotos has been privileged to be a volunteer for CHOC for the past 23 years at the Charlotte Maxeke hospital. Her experience as a volunteer resulted in her being passionate about helping children and adolescents with life-threatening illnesses in a therapeutic manner. This passion came into fruition in her work from 1998 to 1999 as a Psychologist at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Child, Adolescent and Family Unit.

Professor Peter Cooper, Subspecialist Neonatologist  

Peter Cooper was the Academic Head of Wits’ Paediatrics Department until the end of 2016.  He is a registered subspecialist neonatologist and was previously head of the neonatal units at both Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.  He has served on the committees of a number of local and international Paediatric organisations, most recently as an executive member of the International Pediatric Association.

Professor Ashraf Coovadia, Head of Paediatrics at the Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital

Professor Coovadia completed his undergraduate training at the University of Zambia in 1990 and his paediatric postgraduate training at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1998. Since 1998 he has championed the cause of Paediatric HIV/AIDS and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT).

Dr Ziyaad Dangor, Paediatric Pulmonologist at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

Ziyaad Dangor is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at the University of Witwatersrand. He serves on the executive committee of the South African Paediatric Association and is an examiner in the College of Paediatricians of South Africa. He is also an instructor with the Advanced Paediatric Life Support Group. As a researcher, Ziyaad completed his doctoral thesis on the clinical and immunological epidemiology of Group B Streptococcus disease.

Professor Raquel Duarte, Molecular Biologist 

Raquel Duarte completed her PhD on the characterisation of transcription factors that control Ras oncogene expression at WITS in 1999. After a period as a Junior Researcher in the Haematology/ Oncology Division in Internal Medicine, she took up a 4-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Viral Carcinogenesis Laboratory at Cancer Research UK, London Research Institute.

Dr Wendy Duncan, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Private Practice

Dr Wendy Duncan [MBBCh(Wits), FC Psych(SA), Cert Child Psych (SA) is President of the South African Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals (SA-ACAPAP) and was the National Convenor for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Special Interest Group of the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) for many years. She is a founding director of The Day Clinic on Oxford.

Dr Harriet Etheredge, Medical Bioethicist and Medical Communication Specialist 

Dr Harriet Etheredge is a medical bioethicist and health communication specialist. She is actively involved in CPD and CME meetings, where she shares her wide-ranging expertise across a spectrum of bioethics topics including organ transplant, oncology, research ethics, patient care, HIV and AIDS, health structures and processes and health communication.

Dr Candice Feben, Senior Consultant Medical Geneticist in the Division of Human Genetics at the NHLS

Dr Feben is a senior consultant medical geneticist in the Division of Human Genetics at the NHLS and a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Feben completed her fellowship through the College of Medical Geneticists in 2012 and has been working in the Clinical Section of the Division since then. She completed her Master’s research in Fanconi anaemia, a rare genetic disorder associated with bone marrow failure and congenital anomalies and continues to pursue research in this field.

Dr Joy Fredericks, Neonatologist and Head of Neonatal at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital

Dr Fredericks is qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Witwatersrand in 1997, as a paediatrician in 2004 and as a neonatologist in 2011. She is also qualified in paediatric palliative care and has a keen interest in neonatal pain management. Joy is a trainer in neonatal resuscitation and facilitates courses regularly. She is also a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and trains undergraduate and post graduate medical students, as well as sub-specialists.

Dr Jennifer Geel, Wits Paediatric Fund Chair

Dr Jennifer Geel is the chair of the Wits Paediatric Fund and Ministerial Advisory Committee on Cancer Control and Prevention. She is enrolled for a PhD, studying the relationship between simple blood tests and changes on PET-CT of children with Hodgkin lymphoma, hoping that more cost-effective versions of precision medicine may be possible in low and middle-income countries.

Dr Kenny Govendrageloo, Paediatric Cardiologist in Private Practise

Dr Kenny Govendrageloo is a private practice Paediatric Cardiologist based at Sunninghill Hospital, Johannesburg.  His interests are in the area of Diagnostic echocardiography, Foetal echocardiography, Cardiac intensive care, Pulmonary Hypertension, Lysosomal Storage Disease and a keen special interest Pompe Disease.

Ms Jillian Graham, Volunteer Coordinator at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

Jillian co-ordinates volunteer activities in the paediatric oncology unit at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, assisting with all non-medical activities.  She also coordinates the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital volunteer programme including selection, training, support and education of all the volunteers who give up their time to support the parents and children on an in- an outpatient basis.

Dr Carol Hartmann, MBBCh I & II and E-learning Coordinator at Wits School of Clinical Medicine 

Dr Carol Hartmann graduated as a medical doctor from UCT in 2004, following which she worked as a medical officer in neonatology and surgery. Pursuing her passion for education, she took up a position in the School of Anatomical Sciences at Wits where she taught for eight years before moving to the Unit for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Ms Vanessa Hemp, Director of adolescent services at The Day Clinic


Vanessa Hemp is a Clinical Psychologist who trained at Wits University. She was involved in forming The Day Clinic, a registered mental health clinic providing psychological services to adolescents and adults, where she currently serves as a director of adolescent services.

Ms Brenda Herbert, Trainer in Early Warning Signs of Cancer at CHOC 

Brenda Herbert holds a Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery. She currently does training of professional nurses, auxiliary nurses, health carers and health care promoters as well as Traditional Health Practitioners and to schools about Early Warning Signs of Cancer for CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation. This is done at Nursing Colleges or in township clinics or local schools.

Dr Charlotte Ingram, Head of the South African Bone Marrow Registry


The only bone marrow registry in Africa with World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) Qualification status. Bone marrow and stem cell transplants are used to cure children with various aggressive cancers, as well as rare and life-threatening diseases such as IPEX syndrome and inherited metabolic disorders. Based in Cape Town, the registry actively recruits and assists volunteer donors, as well as fundraising to perform international donor searches and transplants.

Dr Shaegan Irusen, Paediatric Nephrology Fellow at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

Dr Irusen completed his MBChB in 2009 at the University of Cape Town and completed his post-graduate training as a paediatrician at Stellenbosch University in 2016. His Masters was on Paediatric bacterial urinary tract infections in the South African context and described both the uropathogen profile, associated antibiotic sensitivity patterns and the risk factors for acquiring urinary tract infection. He is involved in both undergraduate and post graduate teaching.

Dr Tony Karpelowsky, Chiropractor in Private Practice

Tony completed a clinical trial and master’s dissertation on “The efficacy of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy and allopathic medication in the treatment of infantile colic”. Since then he has run a private practice predominantly treating paediatric patients. He is one of the founding members of Paediatric Chiropractic South Africa where he continues to function as an executive member.

Professor Sanjay Lala, Paediatrician  at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

He is an Associate Professor at the University of the Wits University and has a sub-specialist registration in Paediatric Gastroenterology. After training as a paediatrician in Johannesburg, he was awarded a Nelson Mandela Scholarship  that enabled him to complete his doctoral studies, which focused on Paneth cell biology in human disease, at University College London.

Dr Cecil Levy, Head of Nephrology at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital

Dr Cecil Levy is currently head of nephrology at the new Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. He has an interest in the social aspects of paediatric kidney disease in South Africa and inequities that prevent access to tertiary renal care in South Africa and its surrounding regions. He is enrolled for a Master’s in Public Health and has broad experience with renal dialysis.

Chantel Lowry, Social Worker at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre

Chantel Lowry qualified as a social worker and started her career at Life New Kensington Clinic working with brain and spinal injury patients. However, she’s always had a passion for children and so jumped at the opportunity to work in the paediatric oncology unit at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre. She is currently completing her Masters’ degree, focusing on the influence of cultural practices on primary caregivers’ coping ability and resilience when their child is diagnosed with cancer.

Dr Shelley Macaulay, Counselling Manager at the National Health Laboratory Service

Dr Macaulay holds a Masters’ degree in Genetic Counselling and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology, both obtained from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). She is the Genetic Counselling Manager at the National Health Laboratory Service in Johannesburg, and a lecturer in the Division of Human Genetics at Wits.

Dr Pralene Maharaj, Psychiatrist at the Sterkfontein Hospital 

Dr Pralene Maharaj obtained her Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2012 and her Certificate in Forensic Psychiatry in 2018. Since 2010, she has conducted evaluations of children in conflict with the law in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act and the Child Justice Act. Dr Maharaj has been actively involved in the development of the Forensic Psychiatry subspecialty training programme, with specific emphasis on developmental considerations when evaluating children in both civil and criminal matters.

Dr Helen Malherbe, Chair of Genetic Alliance South Africa (GA-SA) 

Helen is a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar at the University of KwaZulu Natal. She was conferred her PhD in April 2017 and to date, seven peer-reviewed papers have been published from her PhD study, ‘An investigation into the renewed need for care and prevention of congenital disorders in South Africa.’ Her post-doctoral research focuses on developing modelled estimates for congenital disorders (CDs) in South Africa in the absence of empiric data and investigating the role and impact of terminology used in community genetics.

Dr Salome Maswime, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and lecturer at Wits University

Dr Maswime is also President of the South African Clinician Scientist’s Society and a research fellow with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her research interests are global surgery and causes of stillbirths. She completed a PhD at the Wits University in South Africa funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York,

Mr Zamo Mbele, Clinical Psychologist at the Tara H. Moross Hospital 

Zamo Mbele is a clinical psychologist at the Tara H. Moross Hospital. He is part of the multidisciplinary team at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre and is also the vice-chairperson of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG). Clinically, Zamo works with adults with severe psychopathology, as well as with adolescents focused on HIV related difficulties and early adoption.

Sr Pat McCusker, Paediatric Oncology Nurse at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

Sr Pat McCusker is a paediatric nurse who has worked with children for more than 38 years. She has spent most of her time as a nurse working in the haematology/oncology unit. She loves the challenge of helping patients and the families of children with life-threatening illnesses and how to cope with treatment and associated problems. Pat is passionate about educating patients, families and nurses.

Ms Nomvula Mnyandu, Social Auxiliary Worker at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

Nomvula is a bereaved parent and social auxiliary worker in the paediatric haematology/oncology unit at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. She has been a part of CHOC since 1994, she was then employed by CHOC in 2001 and qualified as a social auxiliary social worker in 2007. Nomvula plays an integral role in supporting the social worker with regards to counselling terminally ill children and their parents.

Ms Shirra Moch, Acting Head of the Centre for Health Science Education (CHSE) at the University of the Witwatersrand 

She holds a master’s degree in education from Wits in the field of University Teaching but began her career with the University as a lecturer in Pharmacology in 1989. Over her 30 year career, she has taught a wide range of disciplines: nurses, physiotherapists, dentists, pharmacists, health sciences and medical students with evident expertise.

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, DISA Women’s Clinic

Tlaleng Mofokeng obtained her medical degree (MBChB) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and now runs a women’s health clinic, DISA, in Johannesburg.  She is a thought leader in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and contributor to 5FM and Metro FM’s Sexual Health radio features, the ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ columnist for the Sunday Times, and is internationally published in The Guardian, Teen Vogue and Project Syndicate.

Ms Sarah Moore, Patient Care Coordinator at the Donald Gordon Hospital

Sarah completed her Bachelor of Radiography with specialisation in Radiotherapy at the University of Pretoria in 2002. She has previously worked with  a Radiation Oncologist primarily focusing on brachytherapy, specifically for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Dr Thandeka Ngcana , Paediatric Oncology Fellow at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

Dr Thandeka Ngcana is a Paediatric Oncology Fellow at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. She did her undergraduate training at the University of Pretoria and went on to train as a Paediatrician at The University of the Witwatersrand. She has a particular interest in social determinants of health in oncology patients, and this she refers to as Social Oncology.

Ms Kelly du Plessis, CEO & Founder of Rare Diseases South Africa

Kelly founded Rare Diseases South Africa in 2013 out of necessity when her oldest child was diagnosed with Pompe disease at 11 months old. At the time, treatment for this rare condition was not available in South Africa, and so Kelly’s personal journey of patient advocacy started. Having dedicated her life and career to furthering the plight of those impacted by rare diseases in developing countries, Kelly serves on various boards and committees which focus on improving the quality of life for rare patients.

Professor Janet Poole, Head of the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Clinic at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

Professor Janet Poole is qualified as MBBCh from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1978.  She then specialised in Paediatrics qualifying in 1986. and began her Paediatric Haematology Oncology Career at the Johannesburg Hospital (CMJAH).  She moved to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in 1989 as Head of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology and in 1997 became a Principal Specialist and moved back to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.

Dr Tanusha Ramdin, Senior Neonatologist at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital


Dr Ramdin works as a senior Neonatologist, specializing in care and neurodevelopment of premature infants and sick neonates, at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, one of Southern Africa’s largest tertiary and academic hospitals, and is the coordinator of the National Neonatal Resuscitation program and has recently embarked on a joint neonatal resuscitation program with Zimbabwe.

Mr Moses Sebopa, Gauteng Programme Coordinator for the Kids Kicking Cancer South Africa 

Moses Sebopa, a qualified Electronic Technician and a fifth Dan black belt in traditional Japanese Shotokan KWF Karate. He answered his calling in 2015 to teach children Karate as a Karate instructor and is one of three certified Martial Arts Therapist in South Africa. After completing his training in Detroit-Michigan he began teaching children at various Paediatric Oncology Hospitals in Gauteng.

Dr Hylton Sevitz, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in Private Practise

Dr Sevitz is also a part-time consultant at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital/University of the Witwatersrand as well as an Honorary Consultant at the Gaucher Clinic situated at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital. He is a previous Chairman & Medical Adviser for the Gaucher Society of SA and currently acts as an investigator for the International Gaucher registry.

Professor Sithembiso Velaphi, Head of the Department of Paediatrics at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

Professor Velpahi is a Neonatologist and his research interest is on neonatal infections. Prof Velaphi is a member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) and serves on the committee that organises annual national conferences on Priorities in Perinatal Care in South Africa. He serves on the Ministerial Advisory Committee for National Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality Committee (NaPeMMCo) which has been tasked to audit perinatal and neonatal deaths in South Africa.

Mr Steven Slotow , Manages the Survivors Of Life-threatening Illnesses And Diseases (SOLID) Support Group

Steven is a childhood survivor of cancer. He was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his brain in December 1992 and after a year of chemotherapy and radiation at the CHOC children’s ward in Johannesburg, he was cleared. Steven went on to manage and run the Survivors Of Life-threatening Illnesses And Diseases (SOLID) support group, a part of CHOC.

Ms Bonnie Venter, Head of Health Law at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics 

In 2012, Bonnie completed her Masters in Medical Law and shortly after she was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court. She is a widely published academic author and has presented papers on legal and bioethical topics both locally and abroad. Her research interests are within the medical law and ethics field where she has a keen interest in organ donation, children’s healthcare and reproductive health rights.