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Important Dates

Abstract Submission : CLOSED

Registration Early Bird : CLOSED

Accommodation Early Bird : CLOSED

Symposium : 22-24 October 2016

Clinical Workshop : 25 October 2016

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The 4th International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium (ISTS) will be hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT) at the Sport Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) in Cape Town, South Africa from the 22nd to 24th October 2016. The invited speakers and delegates of this biennial conference represent the pre-eminent international authorities in basic and clinical tendon research.


All accepted abstracts will be published in a supplementary addition of the South African Journal of Sports Medicine. Click on this link for access.



Registration Fee

(which includes lunches and teas)

  Until 31 July 2016 After 31 July 2016

Full Fee

Student Fee

Gala Dinner

Workshop (Limited to 40 delegates)

R 3,000

R 2,000

R 200

R 2,000

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Cape Town, South Africa


Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town is the second-most populous city in South Africa. It is the legislative capital of the country and the provincial capital of the Western Cape. The city is famous for its well-known landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point and its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom.


October falls within Cape Town’s spring season, which means the city is warmer and drier than the previous months. Temperatures usually range from low to mid 20 degree Celsius at the warmest point of the day. The evenings are a lot cooler, with temperatures dropping to around the low to mid teens after sunset.


Conference Venue


The SSISA is located in the suburb of Newlands, which is approximately 20 km from Cape Town International airport and 10 km from the city centre with easy access from the major freeways. Taxis and/or airport shuttles can be used for transport from the airport to the conference hotels or bed and breakfasts. Cape Town does not have a reliable public transport system that services the suburb of Newlands.


The conference facility boasts a 200 seater auditorium, equipped with built-in tables and audiovisual technology. In addition there are 3 breakaway rooms. UCT's facilities within the SSISA contain a 80-seater fully equipped classroom and two smaller venues.


There are three hotels in walking distance from SSISA. There are also at least eight bed and breakfasts within immediate area


Travelling to Cape Town


All the major airlines fly directly to South Africa from Europe, North America, South America, Australia, Middle East and Asia. Although the main international hub for South Africa is in Johannesburg, some of the major airlines, such as British Airways (BA), Virgin Atlantic, KLM, Emeritus, Qatar and others have direct flights to Cape Town. There are regular direct 2 hour internal flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town. The Star Alliance (SAA), the One World Alliance (BA) and other low cost local airlines service this internal route.


You will need the following if you wish to visit South Africa (1) a valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay; (2) at least one blank page in your passport for endorsements; (3) a valid visa, if required; (4) sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay and (5) a return or onward ticket. Yellow fever certificates are also required if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.



University of Cape Town


The following was extracted from UCTs (www.uct.ac.za) and the Faculty of Health Sciences websites (www.health.uct.ac.za) where additional information can be found:


"Founded in 1829, UCT has a proud tradition of academic excellence and effecting social change and development through its pioneering scholarship, faculty and students. It is also renowned for its striking beauty, with its campus located at the foot of Table Mountain's Devil's Peak, with panoramic views of much of Cape Town. UCT is very similar to the city of Cape Town: it has a vibrant, cosmopolitan community. Our staff and students come from over 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world. The university has also built links, partnerships and exchange agreements with leading African and international institutions that further enrich the academic, social and cultural diversity of our campus. As a university we are committed to producing graduates who are not only well-educated, but also mindful of the responsibilities of democratic citizenship. UCT's reputation for excellence is underpinned by its distinctive research, led by its distinguished faculty, many of whom are world-leaders in their field. Our researchers also teach and so ensure that our undergraduate and postgraduate students benefit directly from the latest scholarly work and discoveries. Our reputation as a leading research and teaching university is also embodied by the quality of our alumni, many of whom continue to make outstanding contributions to society."


"The Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT has the oldest medical school in Southern Africa. Its core business is research in medical and allied fields, as well as teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students over a wide range of healthcare-related disciplines. The faculty's campus extends from its main teaching hospitals - Groote Schuur and Red Cross Children's hospitals, in Cape Town - to a range of secondary hospitals and primary healthcare clinics throughout the Cape Peninsula and beyond. Its reputation as an academic institution of international quality and standing has steadily increased since inception as the Faculty of Medicine in 1912. Some famous advances in healthcare - including the world's first successful heart transplant in 1967, as well as the research that led to the development of the CAT scanner - placed the faculty and Groote Schuur Hospital on the map as sophisticated, tertiary medicine facilities of international standing."


For further information, you can contact us via the following email: ists2016@uct.ac.za