Prof Karen Sliwa is Director of the Cape Heart Institute- a translational cardiovascular research Institute with 7 working groups.
Prof. Sliwa is widely recognized as a world expert in cardiovascular diseases, with a special interest in reducing mortality in women with cardiac disease in maternity.
She led and still leads several inter-Africa and global research projects, which have had a major impact for creating knowledge about CVDs common in Africa and other Middle-to-Lower income regions, leading to changes in policy. Her considerable experience in setting up simple, cost-effective registries and web-based data entry platforms have had a major impact on planning several innovative research projects. She has authored more than 400 publications, trained more then 30 post graduate students. Her work is highly cited ( H- index 88). Karen has been the president of the South African Heart Association and the World Heart Federation and holds numerous prestigious awards.