Division of Chemical Pathology
Chemical Pathology (also known as Clinical Biochemistry/Clinical Chemistry) is the study of the biochemical basis of disease, and the application of biochemical and molecular techniques in diagnosis. An allied subspecialty of Chemical Pathology is Metabolic Medicine which deals with metabolic disease in all its manifestations. The Division is involved in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and provides diagnostic laboratory services for Groote Schuur Hospital. It has several internationally recognized research groups.
The Academic research activities of the Division are based in the Medical Faculty in the Falmouth Building, adjacent to the Division of Medical Biochemistry. There are a number of dedicated research laboratories in the Division that are well equipped for a variety of basic biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology techniques. As a result, the Division of Chemical Pathology has pursued a strong basic science agenda and this permeates the training of the registrars at all levels. There are active collaborations with a number of other disciplines and departments, including Medical Biochemistry, Microbiology, Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology.
The Diagnostic NHLS-administered activities of the Division are based in Groote Schuur Hospital (C17) across Anzio Road and Red Cross Childrens Hospital located a few kilometres away and fall under the same business unit for administration purposes and the consultant staff of the Division hold joint appointments with the University. Both diagnostic laboratories offer tertiary level diagnostic services to the Western Cape. Red Cross Childrens Hospital is the only dedicated paediatric biochemistry laboratory in the Cape region.