Mrs Chandrika Vedalankar

Tel. 0312604537



In 2012, the Department was awarded membership to the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatric’s Global Ageing Research Network and is currently involved in 2 large research projects:

  1. The influence of socio-economic and environmental factors on the health status and quality of life in older persons in the Inanda, KwaMashu and Ntuzuma areas.

This community based project with an international, multidisciplinary research team is funded by SANPAD (The South Africa Netherlands research Programme on Alternatives in Development).

  1. A comparison of the demographic profile, risk factors, outcomes and health care costs in geriatric patients with and without osteoporotic hip fractures in the public health sector in the eThekwini Municipality

The Department is currently involved in a large multicentre centre (in 87 hospitals in three provinces in South Africa) to determine the incidence of osteoporotic fractures and develop a FRAX® model for South Africa.



Hough S, Amod A, Ascott-Evans BH, Brown SL, Cassim B. Davey M et al. South African clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis.  JEMDSA 2017; 22(1). Supplement 1.

Naidoo I, Charlton KE, Esterhuizen TM, Cassim B. High risk of malnutrition associated with depressive symptoms in older South Africans living in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: a cross-sectional survey.J Health Popul Nutr. 2015 Oct 19;33:19. doi: 10.1186/s41043-015-0030-0.

van der Pas S, Ramklass S, O'Leary B, Anderson S, Keating N, Cassim B.Features of home and neighbourhood and the liveability of older South Africans.Eur J Ageing. 2015;12(3):215-227.

Hough FS, Brown SL, Cassim B, Davey MR, de Lange W, de Villiers TJ, Ellis GC, Lipschitz S, Lukhele M, Pettifor JM; National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa.The safety of osteoporosis medication.S Afr Med J. 2014 Apr;104(4):279-82.

Cassim B, Lipschitz S, Paruk F, Tipping B. Recommendations for the acute and long-term medical management of low-trauma hip fractures. JEMDSA. 2013;18(1):21-32.

Berrut G, Andrieu S, Araujo de Carvalho I, Baeyens JP, Bergman H, Cassim B,et al., Promoting access to innovation for frail old persons. IAGG (International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics), WHO (World Health Organization) and SFGG (Société Française de Gériatrie et de Gérontologie) Workshop--Athens January 20-21, 2012. J Nutr Health Aging. 2013;17(8):688-93. doi: 10.1007/s12603-013-0039-2.

Improved management of patients with osteoporosis. Hough S, Brown S, Cassim B, Davey M, de Villiers T, Ellis G, Lipschitz S, Lukhele M, Pettifor J. S Afr Med J. 2012 Nov;102(11 Pt 1):815. No abstract available.

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