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SAMRC Gynaecological Cancer Research Centre

Mrs Patience Kovane
Project Manager

Services offered:

-    Developing and maintaining project management tools and documents etc.
-    Coordinating the recruitment, selection of staff and management of leave
-    Overseeing quality data collection in accordance with protocol / SOPs
-    Overseeing and sourcing and/or maintenance of equipment and clinical/ scientific supplies necessary for the various trials
-    Tracking and reporting study status to SAMRC (including project metrics and Finance)
-    Leading staff training where appropriate
-    Coordinating the recruitment, screening, enrolment and follow-up of participants
-    Setting up of other collaborating sites of GCRC in the Eastern Cape
-    Visiting other GCRC sites in the Eastern Cape to assess progress

Ms Memory Mhembere
Data Manager

Services offered:

-    Design, develop and validate research databases
-    Research data management
-    Quality assurance of research data
-    Liaise and provide support for data preparation, data capture, and data transfer
-    Perform basic bio-statistical analyses, working in conjunction with the study investigators
-    Perform database locks and secure shipping of data to statisticians for through statistical analysis
-    Address any queries or errors related to data
-    Ensure security of the databases, including maintaining access control, backups, access logs and software updates
-    Administer data management protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
-    Oversee data capture personnel

Ms Patricia Nombulelo
Research Nurse

Services offered:

Recruiting participants and doing interviews

Involved in the following studies:
Screen and Treat @Khayelitsha
Dr Tracy Adams, Dr Nwabisa Giyose and Dr Rhamadaans @GSH Hiv testing,
Pregnancy testing consenting - giving follow up dates
GSH-MRC @LE 33 and Colp clinic

Ms Sorrel Pitcher
Qualitative Researcher

Services offered:

I work with the GCRC’s multidisciplinary research team to conduct qualitative research projects about gynaecological cancer in South Africa. I am currently coordinating a project that uses a holistic framework to investigate women’s experiences of their sexual functioning post treatment. I also provide qualitative research input for smaller project as well as give workshops and conduct training.


Mrs Lungiswa Nikani
Data Capturer

Services offered:

Ensure accurate and regular entry of patient data into the database from information provided by the clinical notes and other members of the team e.g. pathology, radiology, clinicians with medical results and treatment interventions
Identify missing information and report to data manager and clinicians.