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Summary Profile

Professor Wayne Derman is Associate Professor of Sport Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town’s Sport Science Institute of South Africa and is Medical Director of Medifit the Chronic Disease Rehabilitation Programme at the Institute. He is presently consultant in Sports & Exercise Medicine in both Cape Town, and London, UK.

He was Medical Officer for the South African Olympic Team for the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Beijing 2008. In December to May 2002, he served as Flight Surgeon to Cosmonaught Mark Shuttleworth during the “First African in Space” mission in Russia.

Having diverse interests, he has been awarded many accolades in his career ranging from a Fellowship of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Val Schreire Award for the Outstanding Investigator in the Cardiovascular Field in Southern Africa to a Mondi Award nomination for journalism. In December 2004, Professor Derman was named recipient of the Department of Health and Health Professionals Council award for Excellence in Health Care in South Africa. He is presently Specialist Medical Editor of Men’s Health and is widely regarded as a popular entertaining and humorous educational and motivational speaker.


The zone of total engagement

Imagine the difference it will make to your life if you could achieve the same levels of performance in your endeavors as those achieved by Olympic and Paralympic athletes in their chosen sports. Dr Derman will share the latest scientific insights as well as the lessons learnt from work with International elite athletes, cosmonaughts and business leaders. This talk will focus on how to achieve a balance that facilitates optimal performance in ones own life, to create and zone of total engagement within surrounding chaos, and unleash the athlete within.

Mark Shuttleworth’s Odyssey; a personal physicians front row seat

This talk relives the medical and physiological challenges and hurdles Mark had to overcome to become the First African in Space. The extraordinary behind the scenes training for this mission is relived and the astonishing Russian space rituals are described. This talk provides insight into the Space Tourism industry and the personality who was awarded the South African Newsmaker of the Year award and has inspired a nation to reach for their dreams (visuals and video by Peter Ribton).

“Staying young whilst getting older - without Botox Prozac or Viagra”

With “anti-agng”,”preventative medicine” and “wellness” fast becoming key buzz words in personal health care and performance, this talk provides both an entertaining and intellectual perspective aimed at encouraging the listener to evaluate their current state of health & wellbeing from a holistic perspective. This talk describes the aging process and how it affects each of us. It evaluates which risk-factors to watch out for at each stage of life and details which evidence based strategies are effective in the anti-ageing and preventative medicine realm. Dr Derman motivates the listener to take control of their lives and adopt the “5 step plan” for life quality and longevity.

Rave Reviews

“A presentation exceptionally highly rated by our guests at 9.4/10! Pure enjoyment from all who attended” – Richard Van Rensburg; Education Chapter Cape Town Chapter YPO.

“Professor Derman had our audience enthralled. He delivered his talk so naturally and eloquently and humorously told a fascinating story – one which we did not want to end – 9.4/10!” - Dena Bloch; Chapter Administrator Africa’s Gateway Chapter YPO.

“The audience showed rapt attention; brilliant an informative! A unique glimpse into the lives of top athletes and achievers, Fantastic!” – Janet Small, University of Cape Town Centre for Extramural Studies.

Wayne Derman


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