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Prof Andre Venter
Position
Prof/Head Clinical Dept(Gr2)
Department
Paediatrics and Child Health
Address
GN 130 A
Paediatrics and Child Health
G 69
Telephone
051 4053181
Office
Francois Retief Building: Block E 129
Information

Short CV

1977: M.B.Ch.B. - University of Pretoria 

1980: Diploma in Child Health - College of Medicine of South Africa 
 
1984: FCP(Paed) - College of Medicine of South Africa 

1986: Registered as Paediatrician with The South African Medical and Dental Council - MP20331

Successfully completed a course on Griffiths Mental Development Scales and registered as an official tester. 

1988: M.Med (Paediatrics) - University of the Witwatersrand. Thesis: Congenital Syphilis: A study of the prevalence and epidemiology at Baragwanath Hospital from August 1985 till January 1986. 

1991: PhD in Medical Sciences (Paediatrics) at the University of Alberta, Canada. Thesis: The Organization of Lateralized Hemispheric Functions in Congenital Hemiplegia. 

1998: Registered in the subspecialty of Developmental Paediatrics with the South African Medical and Dental Council 

Other positions:

1. Fellow of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (1991-current) 

2. Member of the South African Association for Medical Education (1992-current) 

3. Member of a pilot interest group to study, promote and develop clinical medical ethics at the Unversity of the Witwatersrand (1992-1996) 

4. Member of The Test Commission of the Republic of South Africa (1992-1998) 

5. Appointed to the Advisory Board of the South African Institute for Sensory Integration (1993-current) 

6. Committee member of the local branch of the South African Association for Learning and Educational Difficulties (1994-1995) 

7. Member of The Sleep Society of South Africa (1995-1996) 

8. Member of The Developmental Paediatric Interest Group of the Witwatersrand (1995-1996) 

9. Regional representative on the Gauteng Mental Health Forum to evaluate services for children and adolescents with special needs (1995-1996) 

10. National Chairman of the Paediatric Neurology and Developmental Association of Southern Africa (PANDA) (1996-current) 

11. Chairman of PANDA-SA Bloemfontein Branch (1996-current) 

12. Elected as an active member of the International Child Neurology Association (1997-current) 

13. Member of the Committee for Research Grant Applications of The South African Association for the Scientific Study of Mental Handicap (1997-current) 

14. Elected as a member of the Executive Council of the International Paediatric Chairs Association (August 1998-current) 

15. Committee member of the Bloemfontein branch of the Hyperactive Parent Support Group (1996-current)

Publications (Short List)

A. Referreed Journals

1. Rajah R, Pettifor JM, Noomohamed M, Venter A, Rosen EU, Rabinowitz L, Stein H. (1987). The effect of feeding four different formulae on stool weights in prolonged dehydrating gastroenteritis. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology Nutrition, 7: 203-207. 

2. Venter A, Pettifor JM, Exposto F, Sefuba M. (1989). Congential syphilis - who is at risk? A prevalence study at Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto. (1985-1986). South African Medical Journal, 76; 93-95. 

3. Pettifor JM, Rajah R, Venter A, Moodley GP, Opperman L, Cavaleros M, Ross FP. (1989). Bone mineralization and mineral homeostasis in very-low-birthweight infants fed either human milk of fortified human milk. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, 8; 217-224. 

4. Delport ST, Adhikari M, Van der Elst CW, Venter A (1989). Congenital syphilis: A neglected medical problem. S. Afr. Med. J., 76; 297-298. 

5. Pettifor JM, Rajah R, Venter A, De Villiers F, Moodley G. (1989). A double-blind randomized controlled trial of the efficiency of a soya or milk-based formula in the treatment of kwashiorkor. South African Journal of Food Science & Nutrition, 1; 11-15. 

6. Venter A (1990). Congenital Syphilis - Who is at risk? South African Medical Journal, 2: 111-112 (letter). 

7. Venter A, Pettifor JM, Pudifin DJ, Duursma J, Smyth A, Bekker P. (1991). Liver function in congenital syphilis: Does Penicillin cause a deterioration? Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterolology & Nutrition, 12: 310-314.

Abstracts of this paper reprinted in Pediatric Digest Current Opinion in Gastroenterology

8. Venter A, Lord C, Scholpler G. (1991). A follow-up study of 58 high-functioning autistic children. Southern African Journal for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 33: 489-507. 

9. Venter A. (1993). Aspects of cross cultural testing. Southern African Journal for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 5; 34-37 

10. Kromberg JGR, Christianson AL, Mangal P, Zwane ME, Rosen E, Venter A, Homer S. (1997). Intellectual Disability in Rural Black Children in the Buskbuckridge district of South Africa. The Southern African Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 9, 2-11. 

11. Venter A (1997). Developmental paediatrics - The coming of age? South African Medical Journal – Editorial, 87, 1664-1665 (Special Editorial). 

12. Venter A, (1997). ‘Caretakers’ expectations of services at Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto and their understanding of the child’s disability. Child Neurology and Developmental Medicine, 39, 815-820. 

13. Anderson G, Venter A, (1997). Parental experiences of a Cerebral Palsy Clinic in a poor urbanizing community. South African Journal of Physiotherapy, 53, 4-7. 

14. Venter A, Lord C. (1998). The organization of lateralized cerebral functions in congenital hemiplegia. I. Descriptive data, and Developmental and Behavioural profiles. Southern African Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 10, 2-22. 

15. Jacquemard RE, Pretorius AM, Van der Ryst E, Venter A. (1998) Severe encephalopathies in children with antibodies reactive with Rickettsia africae. South African Medical Journal, 88, 1432. (Letter). 

16. Venter A, Leary M, Schoeman J, Jacklin L, Rodda J, Adnam C, Lippert MM. (1998) Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for children with cerebral palsy. South African Medical Journal, 1998; 88:1362-1363. (Letter). 

17. Venter A, Lord C. (1999) The organization of lateralized cerebral functions in congenital hemiplegia. II. Intelligence. Southern African Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 11, 1-10. 

18. Venter A, Lord C. (1999) The organization of lateralized cerebral functions in congenital hemiplegia. III. Psychometric data. Southern African Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 11, 11-26. 

19. Christianson AL, Zwane ME, Manga P, Rosen E, Venter A, Kromberg JGR. (In Press). Epilepsy in rural South African children – prevalence, associated disability and management. South African Medical Journal. 

20. Venter A, Bham A. (Submitted). The usefulness of commercially available "culture fair" tests in the prediction of educational success in Grade 1 Black pupils in South Africa. 

21. Christianson AL, Zwane ME, Manga P, Rosen E, Venter A, Downs D, Kromberg JGR. (Submitted). Mental retardation in rural South African children – prevalence and associated disability. 

B. Other

1. Venter A, Pettifor JM. (1987). RPR results in the unbooked mother and congenital syphilis. Proceedings of the Sixth Conference on Priorities in Perinatal care in South Africa. 

2. Venter A, Pettifor JM, Pudifin DJ, Ninin DT, Duursma J (1988). Steroid therapy - does it have a role to play in the management of congenital syphilis. Proceedings of the 7th Conference on Priorities in Perinatal care in South Africa. 

3. Venter A. (1993). Screening for developmental delay in general practice. Journal for Continuing Medical Education, 11, 1263-1273. 

4. Venter A. (1993). Child abandonment at Academic Hospitals in Johannesburg. Critical Health, 45, 1-3. 

5. Venter A. (1995). Learning disabilities an adolescence. Journal for Continuing Medical Education, 1319 - 1328. 

6. Venter A. (1996). Attention Deficit Disorder and School Failure. PEDMED, Jan/Feb. 

7. Venter A. (1996). Methylphenidate (Ritalin) - old truths, new facts. PEDMED, March/April. 

8. Venter, A. (1996.) Parental Perceptions of their children with special needs and expectations of service at Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto. Southern African Neurology Review, 3, 49 (Abstract). 

9. Venter A. (1998). The 51st annual meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. PEDMED, January/February, 22-26. 

10. Venter A. (1998). Soft signs-soft science? PEDMED, May/June, 4-10. 

11. Benn D, Venter A, Aucamp A. (1998). ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Information booklet for parents sponsored by Norvartis South Africa (PTY) Ltd. 

C. Books and Chapters

1. Lord C, Venter A, Shopler E. (1992). Follow-up of high functioning autistic individuals. In E. Schopler and G.B. Mesibon (Eds.), High Functioning Individuals with Autism, New York, Plenum. 

2. Venter A. School failure - an approach for the general practioner. (1996). In J. Bassin and N. Ginsberg (Eds.) Topics in Paediatrics, Johannesburg: Julmar Communication.

Research

Area(s) of Interest

Chief Specialist, Professor and Academic Head of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Universitas Hospital and the University of the Free State

Interests:
Paediatric Neurology, Child Development

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