Head of Division: Associate Professor B.L. Rayner
Currently the new division offers a wide range of clinical services including chronic and acute dialysis, renal transplantation, assessment and treatment of a broad range of kidney disease and resistant hypertension, 24 blood pressure monitoring renal biopsies, prevention of chronic kidney, and cardiovascular risk assessment. The unit is now supported by a dedicated team of transplant surgeons. Treatment is offered to both private and indigent patients. It also offers out reach programmes to Khayelitsha Community Health Centre and GF Jooste Hospital locally, and to George Hospital, the Northern and Eastern Cape.
The division supports the Department of Medicine training of medical students, specialist physicians and professions allied to medicine as well as training specialist nephrologists.
The main academic research activities of the division relate to renal bone disease, transplant immunosuppression, treatment of systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE), the R563Q mutation of the epithelial sodium channel and its relationship to hypertension, genetics of salt sensitive hypertension, diabetic nephropathy, classification, genetics and treatment of HIV associated nephropathy, bioinformatics to detect candidate genes for salt sensitive hypertension, the genetics of ACE inhibitor related angioedema in black and coloured South Africa, treatment of renal artery stenosis due to atherosclerosis and the effects of antiviral treatment on BP in patients living with HIV. Dr Erika Jones successfully completed her doctoral dissertation on the R563Q mutation.