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Monica Ferreira retires as IAA director

Professor Monica Ferreira, the director of the IAA since its inception in 2001, retired at the end of 2006. Between 1991 and 2001 she headed the HRSC/UCT Centre for Gerontology at UCT, later incorporated in the IAA. Before that, she headed the Centre for Research on Ageing of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in Pretoria.

Ferreira has made an important contribution to the development of Gerontology in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Among highlights of her career were co-ordinating the HSRC's national Co-operative Research Programme on Ageing; founding and editing nine volumes of the Southern African Journal of Gerontology; serving on the United Nations' Technical Committee to draft the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing 2002; and numerous consultancies undertaken to the UN, the World Health Organization and the African Union.

In August 2008 she was honoured for her contribution to African Gerontology in the World Demographic Association's 4th Congress on Ageing and Generations, held in St Gallen, Switzerland.

Ferreira stays on as the President of International Longevity Centre–South Africa, and continues to work with IAA staff members on various projects. E-mail: monicaferr@mweb.co.za

Dr Sebastiana Kalula has succeeded Ferreira as the IAA's director

Other staff members

Jackie Stoffels, a front-desk secretary, left the IAA in June 2008 to take up a position in UCT's Department of Religious Studies. Jackie joined the IAA at the time of its inception, in 2001. She was a well-liked and valued colleague, and IAA staff wish her well in her future career. E-mail: jackie.stoffels@uct.ac.za

Dr Brent Tipping completed a two-year career registrarship in Geriatric Medicine at the IAA in 2007, and earned a MPhil (Med) degree for a dissertation on the characteristics of older persons who present at a tertiary emergency unit with special attention to the contribution of adverse drug events. He has relocated to Johannesburg where he is a geriatrician and physician in private practice at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre. E-mail: btipping@mweb.co.za 

George Sabela Petros joined the IAA as a researcher in July 2008. He was previously a senior researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council in Cape Town. George recently completed a doctoral dissertation in Public Health at UCT on a topic dealing with support for older carers in the era of HIV/AIDS. E-mail: sabela.petros@uct.ac.za  

Adesola Ogunniyi, professor in Neurology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, is undertaking a six-month sojourn at the IAA in 2009. He is a respected and prolific researcher and author on dementia and stroke, among several other clinical and research interest areas, in the Nigerian older population.

Ogunniyi will mentor staff and postgraduate students at the IAA in research on ageing, and will engage with UCT faculty in areas of common interest relevant to the IAA’s programmes. He is the chairperson of the Steering Group of the Africa Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN). E-mail: aogunniyi892@gmail.com.