Tessa van der Merwe
Prof. van der Merwe
has been active in the field of obesity for 20 years and has established South Africa as one of the developing world countries that is at the cutting edge of delivering world class management in the field of obesity.
has taken a research initiative in South Africa, and has published in cited international journals and has given plenary lectures at local and international congresses.
The faculty of Health Science of the Witwatersrand of which she was a staff member and during which time she was appointed as Associate Professor of Endocrinology from 1984 - 2005, awarded her the Highest Research Award in 2001.
In addition she
has received a number of awards for outstanding publications.
has in excess of 55 publications in the field of obesity, metabolism and endocrinology, and has contributed to obesity study modules for the FPD.
In 2006 she
wrote a manual on obesity management guidelines for South Africa.
Currently she serves on the editorial board of 2 journals.
has handled more than 200 media and television interviews regarding obesity and related disorders.
Professor Tess van der Merwe is currently the honorary secretary for IASO (International Association for the Study of Obesity).
She is also the Honorary Life President of the South African Society for Obesity Metabolism (SASOM).
Currently she is heading up a portfolio to establish Centres of Bariatric Excellence throughout Southern Africa, and acts as a Director for CORE (Centre for Obesity Research and Education) at Unitas Hospital.
holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Pretoria
, Department of Endocrinology.
has been the recipient of several research grants.
research interests include: