PROF SUSAN J J VAN RENSBURG BSc, BSc Honours, MSc, PhD

Susan is an HPCSA registered medical scientist and Scientific Advisor of Gknowmix. She completed her BSc at the University of the Witwatersrand, majoring in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Botany and received an Hons degree in Biochemistry at Northwest University’s Potchefstroom campus, and an MSc at Stellenbosch University.

She joined the Department of Chemical Pathology at Tygerberg Hospital in 1986 in the MRC Research Unit for the Neurochemistry of Mental Diseases. 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. Also in 1993, she received the Beckman Post-Graduate Bursary Award, and in 1999 the Bristol-Myers Squibb Travel Award for the “Most Promising Neuroscientist” and 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 in 2006 for an article on MS.

She has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and five book chapters and she has co-registered two patents. She is currently an Emeritus Associate Professor in the Division of Chemical Pathology, Tygerberg Hospital, University of Stellenbosch.