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South Africa

Doctoral candidate, Stellenbosch University

Karina Berner is a registered physiotherapist and previous clinical lecturer at the Stellenbosch University (SU) Division of Physiotherapy, South Africa.

She holds a master's degree in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (SU) and is currently a full-time doctoral-candidate at SU, having been awarded a National Health Scholarship Programme PhD-scholarship (South African Medical Research Council) for HIV-research. Her ongoing research (conducted under the supervision of Professor Quinette Louw) is focused on investigating movement problems associated with HIV/AIDS, using portable motion-analysis technology in the community setting, with the aim of ultimately identifying the most appropriate, simple, no-cost clinical tests for early screening at community level. Karina completed her undergraduate studies at SU in 2006 and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, SU.

Following her studies, she served as a community physiotherapist, being intimately involved with community health. From 2008 onwards she practiced full-time in the private sector, and is still performing locum physiotherapy work. She joined SU as a clinical lecturer in 2014 and is currently still involved with teaching, supervision and research support on an ad hoc basis. She has previously acted as peer reviewer for accredited academic journals and has been selected to present her current research at the upcoming World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2017 as well as the Global Evidence Summit (both being held in Cape Town, South Africa).