2016 ACT Sport Symposium

Professor Malcolm Collins

Professor Malcolm Collins is currently a Professor and head of the Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT).  He obtained a BSc degree majoring in Biochemistry and Human Physiology from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.    Malcolm Collins

In 1988 in received a BSc (Hons) degree Cum Laude in Biochemistry, also from Stellenbosch University, followed by a PhD in Medical Biochemistry on collagen gene expression from the UCT in 1993.  After completing Post-Doctoral work also in extracellular matrix protein gene expression at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, he joined UCT’s and the South African Medical Research Council’s Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine in Cape Town. Prof Collins’ doctoral and post-doctoral work in extracellular matrix biology, in particular collagen, gene expression, stimulated his current research focus on elucidating the molecular mechanisms causing common exercise-associated musculoskeletal soft tissue (tendons, ligaments and skeletal muscle) injuries.

He has developed a very productive research team at UCT, which has published a number of seminal papers on the identification of genetic risk associated factors for common tendon and ligament injuries. This UCT-based research group is currently internationally recognized as the pioneers and authority in this area of research. As a result he has developed an international and national, interdisciplinary network of research collaborators, consisting of clinicians and scientists. He has supervised or is currently supervising, several post-doctoral fellows and nearly 40 masters and doctoral students. He has also published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, review articles and book chapters. He is a Fellow of the European College of Sport Science and is a member of the editorial teams of several international scientific journals, including the British Journal of Sports Medicine.


This Symposium is jointly presented by SMA ACT & AIS and will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March 2016.