Prof Wayne Deman is the director of the Institute for Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) within the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch. Prof Derman is a past president of the South African Sports Medicine Association and is Co-director of the IOC research Center in South Africa. He has had a long and productive career at the University of Cape Town where he has played an important role in the training of sports physicians, exercise scientists and biokineticists. His research has focused on secondary prevention of chronic disease of lifestyle, and injury and illness prevention in athletes especially those with disabilities.
Professor Derman has played an important role in clinical support for South Africa’s athletes at International level. He fulfilled the positions of Chief Medical Officer for the South African Team to the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 Olympic Games, and Medical Officer for the South African Paralympic Team to Beijing 2008 and London 2012. In December to May 2002, he served as Flight Surgeon to Cosmonaught Mark Shuttleworth during the “First African in Space” mission in Russia and served as the Medical Officer for Cape Town for the FIFA 2010 World Cup. He currently serves on the International Paralympic Committee Medical Commission and represents South Africa on the International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.
Professor Derman is currently heading-up the creation of a large inter-faculty research Institute for Stellenbosch University, which will be housed at Coetzenburg facility in Stellenbosch. Research at this Institute will focus on novel technologies in lifestyle related disease and the prevention thereof, injury and illness prevention strategies for local and Internationally based athletes and corporate health and wellbeing.