Associate Professor Delva Shamley

Director of the Clinical Research Centre

Associate Professor Delva Shamley is Director of the Clinical Research Centre (CRC) at UCT and has a track record of postgraduate student supervision to PhD level, publications and grant success. Key positions have included Head of Physiotherapy at Oxford Brookes University (OBU), Deputy Director for Research (OBU), Deputy Director; Bournemouth Clinical Trials Unit (UK). International Consultant OxCATT, Visiting Professor University of Nigeria, Enugu, External consultancies include peer reviewing for journals and grant reviewing for the HTA (UK), NRF (SA), Flanders Foundation (Belgium) and EDCTP (EU).  

Current responsibilities include strategic management of the CRC, Lecturing MBCHB undergraduates in clinical reasoning, gross anatomy and histology; Registrar MMed Research Methods and Research Supervision, training and mentoring of clinicians to design, plan and implement clinical research.

Assocaite Professor Shamley is a founding member of the African Clinical Trials Consortium and consults in Africa and the UK on developing business plans for Clinical Trials Units. Her research programme includes proteomics and genomics of latent effects of adjuvant therapy in breast cancer survivors. She is also committed to the development of care pathways for post cancer treatment morbidity, which will provide evidence for the Cancer Survivorship Plan for SA. She has developed the 1st  Early Warning System (EWS) to identify patients at risk of developing complications in response to treatment which is being used in the UK and Australia. In addition, she has a team exploring potential systemic causes of morbidity by correlating the clinical phenotype of the shoulder after treatment for breast cancer with biomarkers of inflammation and angiogenesis, and their associated genetic variants. A/Prof Shamley and Dr Melissa Wallace (CANSA) are leading on the Cancer Survivorship Plan for SA.

Assocaite Professor Delva Shamley holds a doctorate in Biomedical Research (PhD) from WITS; a Bachelor of Science Honours in Physiotherapy (BSc Physiotherapy (Hons)) from WITS; Bachelor of Science in Medicine (BSc Medicine) from WITS and an Executive MBA from UCT,GSB.