Wits alumnus Dr Ren?eitner, (MBBCh Wits 1966), was granted an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in April 2009 in the
The citation read: ?Dr Ren?eitner has been responsible for introducing treatment for lysosomal disorders in
The award ceremony was held on the 1 April 2009 at the University of York (UK). His wife Yvonne, mother Madeleine (who is almost 91 years old) and his daughter Nikki, flew to the
Photograph: Dr Heitner with Professor Pat Hamilton, President of the
Dr Ren?eitner was born in 1943 in
Dr Heitner spent eight years general practice before going into private paediatric practice in 1980. He is an Honorary Consultant in the Department of Paediatrics. His has a special interest in Lysosomal Storage Disorders (mainly Gaucher Disease, Fabry Disease, Pompe Disease, Mucopolysaccharidoses, types I, II and VI) since early 1980s.
He is married to Yvonne (Nussbaum) Heitner, BA (Wits) 1966, TTHD, Dip Rem Ed Wits. They have three children, all Wits graduates: Ryan, BCom(Hons); Stephen, MBBCh and Nicole (Heitner) Heyman BA (Sp & H) Therapy, Dip Rem Ed (RAU) Cum Laude.
Medical houseman: January 1967 - June 1967:
Surgical houseman: July 1967- December 1967:
Senior paediatric houseman: January 1968 - June 1968:
Military Medical Officer: July 1968 - July 1969: South African Defence Force. Work involved was mainly adult medicine and paediatrics; Care of the permanent force members? children.
Private general/family practice: July 1969 - December 1975
Paediatric registrar: January 1976 - December 1979:
Private paediatric practice: January 1980 to present.
ACADEMIC POSITIONS INCLUDE
Consultant in Family Medicine, January 1971-December 1974. Department of Medicine, Wits
Medical Officer, Infectious Diseases, January 1971-December 1974,
External Examiner, Department of Special Education, Wits, 1982-1985
Honorary Consultant/Lecturer and Examiner, Department of Paediatrics, Wits, January 1980 ? present
Consultant/Lecturer, Children?s Haematology and Oncology Clinic,
Established and Head of Gaucher Clinic at the
The Gaucher Clinic treats all patients with Gaucher Disease irrespective of age. In addition, patients with other lysosomal storage disorders such as Fabry disease, Pompe Disease, MPS syndromes are now also seen and treated in the clinic.
Editor, PEDMED, 1991 ? 1995.
9 publications in various Journals
Contributing author to The Paediatric Prescriber. Pub. Blackwell.
Safety of F.P./Na Cromoglycate 12-47 months FA 30009
Perennial Allergic Rhinitis in Children ? RPCEDID 1201
Comparative Study of Ciclesonide and FP in Children (BY9010/FK1-202)
Start study SD 004-0111
Prime Study BY217/M2-017
Essence Study By9010/M1-139
BY9010/M1-206 Ciclisonide study in Children
GIGEo25A1A05 Safety pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of Omalizumab in Children
Imiglucerase small molecule therapy for Gaucher Disease. Trial ongoing from 1998 to present.
Use of Myozyme in infantile Pompe Disease.
Use of Aldurazyme in Hunter?s Syndrome.
Use of Plant Cell Expressed Recombinant Human Glucocerebrosidase in Gaucher Disease.
TrialHGT-GCB-039. Use of a wild type enzymatic enzyme preparation for the treatment of Gaucher Disease
SELETED RECENT MEETINGS AND SEMINARS
Invited delegate to First World Gaucher Conference,
Delegate to Third World Conference on Paediatric Infectious Diseases,
Invited delegate to Asthma Symposium,
Invited speaker at the 75th Anniversary Symposium of the University of the
Invited speaker at World Gaucher Conference,
Invited speaker at the Milllipaed Conference, Sun City 2000.
Presentation at EWGGD,
Speaker SAPA Meeting, Cape Town 2004
Chairman at session on Mucopolysaccharidoses at the Inborn Errors of Metabolism (ICIEM), Japan 2006
Speaker on Pompe?s Disease at the Asia-Pacific LSD meeting, Japan 2006
European LSD Meeting,
Invited speaker, World Gaucher Registry Meeting , Phoenix 2004
Organiser, Chairperson and Speaker at the First LSD Conference in
Speaker at the Paediatric Refresher Course,UCT2007
Grand Rounds presentation
Invited speaker Round Table Gaucher in Pregnancy Amsterdam 2007
Poster presentation at the 10th Asia Pacific LSD meeting.
Invited speaker Asia Pacific LSD meeting 2007
Invited chairperson 6th Scientific Symposium on Lysosomal Disease, Athens 2008
Invited speaker at the Gaucher leader Forum, Milan 2009