Quality is Built in From the Beginning.
IATROS International was established in 2007 and has conducted more
than 100 clinical studies, in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
The unit is owned,and managed by a number of physicians from a
wide variety of clinical fields. Dr Nyda Fourie (CEO) has
been providing pharmacology and toxicology
consultation services since 1994.
Collaboration with general practitioners and a network of specialists
givesus access to a vast and diverse ethnic patient population
and the estimated number of patients accessible is more than 50 000.
Clinical studies have been done in a wide range of therapeutic areas
including device studies. A number of our research products
are now available on the market.
IATROS International has been applauded for its high quality
of research. Among other, in 2017 we received the IQVIA
Certificate of Achievement for superior performance and
quality in research and in 2011 we were the SACRA
South African Research Unit of the Year.
is Team Work
General Practioners and Specialists
A network of specialists contributes to a variety
of therapeutic areas offered, including:
The following specialists are available on an ad hoc basis:
Ear- Nose and Throat Specialist
On Site Personal
The research unit staff has an accumulative research experience
of 150 years. All staff members conducting the clinical studies
are GCP trained.
Front: Amanda Coetzee (Financial Manager), Annelie Opperman (Data Capturer), Dr Nyda Fourie (CEO and Investigator) Estelle Brittz (Laboratory Assistant)
Middle: Mamike Seane (Patient Recruitment), Bianca Green (QC), Lallie Maapesa (Research Assistant).
Back: Rita van Rooyen (Recruitment Nurse), Sasya de Witt, Antoinette Kruger (Receptionist),
Dr Matthys Heynecke (Investigator), Alieske Coetzee (Study Co- coordinator), Reinet Lourens (Site and Project Manager),
Dr Juanita Lombaard (Investigator), Annelise Hurter (Study Co-ordinator)
Sr Lourens obtained her Hon B Soc Sc (Nursing) degree from the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein in 1985. She has 22 years Clinical Research experience. She worked for 10 years at Farmovs-Parexel in Bio-equivalence research studies, clinical studies and also as quality coordinator prior taking a new position as Study Coordinator at Wits Health Consortium at PHRU in Soweto for 6 years. Sr Lourens was appointed project manager and administrative manager of Iatros International research unit in 2012.
Dr Barnard obtained his MB ChB degree and his M Med (Internal Medicine) from the University of the Free State respectively in 1996 and 2002. He continued with his Fellowship in Cardiology which he completed in 2007 and also obtained a certificate in Cardiology from the College of Medicine South Africa in 2009. He was part of the Department of Cardiology, UFS from 2004 to 2010. In 2010 he started practising in Mediclinic Bloemfontein as a cardiologist in the private sector. In 2008 Dr Barnard became part of the Iatros International research unit as a consultant and investigator.
Dr Philip Hutton matriculates at Grey College Bloemfontein as Dux pupil. He obtains his MB ChB from the University of the Free State in 1991, and obtained several academic awards during his study years. He works in the Dept of Internal Medicine for three years, 3 Military Hospital as medical officer and part of the permanent force with the rank of major. He completes his post-graduate studies (M Med Int Med) at the University of the Free State in 1998 and receives academic colors. For the last ten years he has been working as a specialist physician in the private sector in Mediclinic Bloemfontein Hospital. His field of interest includes among others intensive care, pulmonology, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, rheumatology.
Dr Wilhelm Herbst (Specialist Physician) Dr Herbst obtained his MBChB degree from the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2004. After completing his internship and community service, he started working as Medical Officer in the Department of Cardiology and then as registrar in the Department of Internal Medicine of the UFS. In 2011 he received his MMed degree in Internal Medicine from the UFS. He was appointed consultant in the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr Herbst obtained a Certificate in Cardiology in 2015 from the UFS and was accepted as a Fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa, also in 2015. He started practising as private Cardiologist in Bloemfontein, first at Netcare Private hospital – and from October 2017 at Mediclinic Bloemfontein. In 2017 Dr Herbst became part of Iatros International research unit as investigator and consultant.
Dr Bezuidenhout obtained his MBChB degree from the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2000. After completing his internship and community service, he gained valuable experience in general practice and Emergency Medicine both nationally and in the UK. He returned to the UFS to complete his MMed degree in Internal Medicine in 2009. During 2012 he obtained both a certificate in Nephrology from the College of Medicine of South Africa and a Post-graduate Diploma in Nephrology from the UFS. He worked in the Department of Internal Medicine, division Nephrology of the Universitas Academic Hospital from May 2010 until November 2014, first as a fellow - and later as a sub-specialist in Nephrology. Since December 2014 he has been in private Nephrology practice at Life Rosepark Hospital in Bloemfontein. In 2016 Dr Bezuidenhout became part of Iatros International research unit as consultant and investigator.
Mr Breytenbach obtained his B Tech degree in Clinical Technology from the Central University of Technology in 2008. He has a special interest in Pulmonology and the diagnosis of sleep disorders through polysomnography. From 2007 to 2008 he completed his practical training in Pulmonology. He was aslo head of the sleep laboratory at Universitas Academic Hospital from qualifying in 2008 until lthe middle of 2010. Since then he has working in the private sector in Pulmonology, and manages his own private Sleep Laboratory. He has been involved in contract research with Iatros International research unit for the last five years.
Sr Hurter is a registered nurse with a BSoc Sc (Hons) nursing degree which she obtained in 1987 from the University of the Free State. She has 22 years experience in contract research and oncology nursing. She has a special interest in Oncology Studies, she also has been study co-ordinator in a variety of other speciality studies including Neurology, Cardiology, and Metabolic diseases (hyperlipid-aemia, obesity and Diabetes Mellitus)
Sr van Rooyen is a registered nurse with a B Soc Sc (Hons) nursing degree which she obtained in 1998 from the University of the Free State, and a B Soc Sc Nursing M degree in Intensive Care that she obtained in 2001 from the same University. Before becoming involved in nursing, Sr van Rooyen did military training at the SA Women’s College in George. Rita worked as a registered nurse at Universitas Hospital from 1998 to 2001, and from September 2001 until 2007 at Rosepark Hospital. After that she worked at “Navitas Occupational Health and Wellness” in Bloemfontein for 3 years. Since October 2011 she has been mainly involved with patient recruitment at Iatros International research unit.
Dr Cilliers obtained his MB ChB degree from the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2001, after which he completed his internship at the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London in 2002. He completed his community service at the Military Hospital in Potchefstroom in 2003 and worked as resident medical officer at the “Cape Medical Services” in the UK for 13 months thereafter. From April 2005 until Feb 2010 he worked as registrar in the departments of Internal Medicine and Neuroloy at the Free State Academic Hospital Complex in Bloemfontein. He obtained his M Med Neurology degree from the UFS and his FC Neurology from the College of Medicine, South Africa in, 2009. Since 2010 he has been practicing as specialist neurologist in the private sector at Mediclinic Bloemfontein. In 2011 Dr Cilliers became part of Iatros International research unit as investigator.
Dr Heynecke obtained his MBChB degree from the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2000. He worked in Scotland for 2 years, first as Senior House Officer in Gynaecology and then as Medical Officer in a Military Reserves Training and Mobilisation Centre. He then worked as Medical Officer in the Department of Anaesthetics of the UFS and obtained a Diploma in Anaesthetics from the College of Medicine of South Africa. In 2010 Dr Heynecke completed his Dispensing Course through the Foundation for Professional Development, South Africa. He also completed an Advanced Course in Diabetes Care via the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE, South Africa) in 2015 and a course in Aesthetic Medicine in 2016. From 2007 he has been practising as a general practitioner in Bloemfontein, including part-time after-hours work as casualty doctor in one of the private hospitals in Bloemfontein – and volunteered at the Jean Webber House for the physically disabled. In 2017 Dr Heynecke became part of Iatros International research unit as sub-investigator.
Dr De Lange obtained his MBChB degree from the University of the Free State in 2001 and a MMed degree in Internal Medicine in 2007. In 2010 he obtained a certificate in Endocrinology and Metabolism from the College of Medicine of South Africa. Dr de Lange has a special interest in metabolic bone disorders and is currently busy finalizing his Ph.D. on the topic. He has been in private practice for the past 5 years. In 2016 Dr De Lange became part of Iatros International research unit as consultant and investigator.
Dr Plaatjies obtained his MBChB degree in 1998 from the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein. After completing his internship and community service – including ICU and Trauma rotations - he started working a s registrar in the Department of Internal Medicine, UFS, in 2001. In 2005 he obtained his MMed degree in Internal Medicine. He has been in private practice for 14 years – first at Pelonomi and Universitas Netcare private hospitals, and since 2018 at Mediclinic Bloemfontein. In 2016 Dr Plaatjies became part of Iatros International research unit as consultant and investigator.
Dr. Top obtained his MBChB degree from the University of the Free State (UFS) in 1991. He worked as a general practitioner in Kroonstad for 18 years. During this time, he also gained substantial experience in Trauma and Emergency Medicine. From 2011 until 2015 he worked as registrar in the Department of Internal Medicine of the UFS. He received his MMed degree in Internal Medicine in 2015 – and was accepted as a fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa during the same year. During the time that he worked as registrar, he also obtained a Diploma in Internal Medicine and a Diploma in HIV management. Dr Top has been in private practice in Mediclinic Bloemfontein as a Physician, from 2016. He is involved in student training at the Faculty of Medicine of the UFS. Dr. Top became part of Iatros International research unit as consultant and investigator.
Sr Alieske has 22 years experience in clinical research (Bioequivalence / Phase III and IV studies), initially as a project nurse, later as study monitor and quality co-ordinator. Sr Coetzee has performed internal and external monitoring on all study-related documents and processes throughout the duration of trials. Sr Coetzee also conducted Quality Control (QC) and compliance checks on deliverables and has assisted operational staff to develop and implement operational QC processes. Sr Coetzee has experience in the verification of the accuracy and completeness of data generated during study conduct. Sr Coetzee's qualifications include a nursing diploma, and diplomas in aviation medicine, junior management as well as total quality management. Sr Coetzee also worked as study co-ordinator in a variety of special studies.
After careers in the banking industry, she joined Quintiles to do data entry work and was promoted to Clinical Data Coordinator. In October 2016 Ms Opperman became part of the Iatros International research unit as a data-capturer. Currently she is gaining experience in the quality control field.
Dr Riaan Flooks completed his pre-graduate studies (MB ChB) at the Medical University of South Africa in 1998 and completed his internship in the Port Elizabeth Provincial hospital. His community service year was done in Umtata General Hospital and All Saints Hospitals. In 2001 he worked as medical officer in the Livingstone hospital in Port Elizabeth and then as registrar in the Universitas and Pelonomi Academic hospital complexes. In 2005 he obtained his M Med degree in Internal Medicine from the Free State University. He did a fellowship in Nephrology in Universitas Hospital and worked as senior specialist in nephrology in the Universitas and Pelonomi hospitals. He obtained a Certificate in Nephrology in 2008 from the College of Southern Africa and has been in private practice in the Mediclinic Bloemfontein Hospital since 2009.
Dr Aucamp obtained his MBChB degree from the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2000. He completed his internship and community service – and then obtained valuable experience in the practice of Emergency Medicine in Birmingham, UK. He returned to South Africa where he worked as general practitioner for 4 years. He also worked in Ireland as general practitioner for a few months. Dr Aucamp worked as registrar in the Department of Internal Medicine at UFS from 2008 until 2012. During this time, he received an MSc degree in Sport’s Medicine cum laude from the University of Pretoria, an MMed degree in Internal Medicine from UFS, a certificate in Cardiology from the University of Stellenbosch and was accepted as a Fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa. He then worked as a consultant in the Department of Cardiology, before he started practising as a Cardiologist in the private sector in Mediclinic Bloemfontein. In 2016 Dr Aucamp became part of Iatros International research unit as investigator and consultant.
Dr. Lombaard obtained her MBChB degree from the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2002. She worked in a variety of health care settings, from tertiary level to primary health care, and was as Senior Medical Officer responsible for the Anti-Retroviral Programme at a dedicated ARV/HIV clinic. Dr. Lombaard received certificates in Essential Skills Medical Education and Leadership from the Association for Medical Education in Europe in 2012. From 2014 to 2015 she did medical writing for Parexel International on phase I studies. She has been teaching medical and allied health care students since 2006 at various institutions such as the UFS, Central University of Technology and University of Johannesburg. In 2019 Dr. Lombaard became part of Iatros International research unit.
Ms van Dyk received her B Pharm degree cum laude from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, in 2016. After completing her internship and community service, she became part of Iatros International research unit as a pharmacist.