About This Web-Site, Research and Bio-Chemistry

"Brainbiochem" was a name chosen for what we could call a "catologue" of a certain branch of Medical Research and it's Clinical Research Function that has been running for many years.

There would not be enough pages on this web-site to display all of the names and faces of those who has come to be involved, and there are never enough words to thank everyone involved.

Here are some of our key contributors:


Susan J van Rensburg PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Chemical Pathology/Department of Pathology
National Health Laboratory Service and University of Stellenbosch
Tygerberg Hospital

Prof Susan J van Rensburg completed her BSc at the University of the Witwatersrand, majoring in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Botany.
She received an Hons degree in Biochemistry at Northwest University’s Potchefstroom campus, and an MSc at Stellenbosch University.
She has been involved with neuroscience research since 1986 when she joined the MRC Research Unit for the Neurochemistry of Mental Diseases in the Deparment of Chemical Pathology,
Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated with a PhD in Medical Sciences (Chemical Pathology) in 1993, investigating the relationship between genetic and environmental factors in the aetiology of Alzheimer’s disease.
In the same year she received the Beckman Post-Graduate Bursary Award, and in 1999 the Bristol-Myers Squibb Travel Award for the “Most Promising Neuroscientist”.
Continuing with the Neuroscience theme, she collaborated with the Department of Psychiatry to evaluate the efficacy of the fatty acid EPA as supplemental treatment in schizophrenia.
In 2003 she joined a research project relating to multiple sclerosis (MS). From this collaborative project the concept of Pathology Supported Genetic Testing was born.
She received the Bayer Senior Researcher Award, presented by the SAACB, in 2006. She has more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, five book chapters and she has co-registered two patents.
She has served as a reviewer and editorial board member for international journals.


Professor Maritha Kotze is the founder and executive director of Gknowmix.
She maintains close links with academia through an appointment at the University of Stellenbosch,
promoting genome research innovation among students, scientists and clinicians.
Since obtaining her PhD degree in 1990 she has supervised numerous postgraduate students and received the Rector's Award for Research Excellence in 1999.
Her publications include more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and invited chapters in books.
She received a patent incentive award in 2005 and was identified duing this time by the Institute for Scientific Information in the USA as one of the 20 highest ranking active publishers in the biomedical field in South Africa.
Qualifications: BSc, BSc Honours, MSc (all cum laude), PhD.
Field of Practice: Human genetics

We also draw much inspiration from Be In Health Africa, and thank Dr Frans Cronje for his continuous support.