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Departement Mondpatologie en Mondbiologie

Befondsde navorsingsprojekte

  • Determination of HIV replication in the different cell populations of oral epithelium (NHLS funded).
  • HPV strains in the oral mucosa of HIV positive females in South Africa (NHLS funded).

Beursvoorstelle om geskryf te word

  • Evaluation of DNA ploidy and cytology in the early diagnosis of recurrent OSCC (NHLS).

Algemene navorsing

  • Effects of skin contact on two commonly used impression materials.


  • Comparison of the number and diameter of dentinal tubules in human and canine dentine by SEM investigation.
  • Flow cytometric evaluation of pulp, dental follicle and lamina propria mesenchymal cell DNA degradation.
  • Tooth enamel thickness in the dentition of domestic dogs - a stereomicroscopic study.
  • Denture marking questionnaires.



Boy SC, van Heerden MB, Wolfaardt M, Cockeran R, Gema E, van Heerden WFP. An investigation of the role of oral epithelial cells and Langerhans cells as possible HIV viral reservoirs. J Oral Pathol Med 2009, 38: 114-119.

Van Heerden WFP, van Zyl AW. Surgical pathology of oral cancer. Diagnostic Histopathol, 2009; 16: 296-302.


Bernitz H, Owen J, van Heerden WFP, Solheim T. An integrated technique for the analysis of skin bite marks. J Forensic Sci 2008; 53: 191-198
Jacobs GB, Laten A, Janse van Rensburg E, Bodem J, Weissbrich B, Rethwilm A, Preiser W &, Engelbrecht S. Phylogenetic Diversity and Low Level Antiretroviral Resistance Mutations in HIV Type 1 Treatment-Naive patients from Cape Town, South Africa. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses 2008, 24: (7) 1009-12.
Jacobs GB, Nistal M, Laten A, Janse van Rensburg E, Rethwilm A, Preiser W, Bodem J, Engelbrecht S. Molecular Analysis of HIV Type 1 vif Sequences from Cape Town, South Africa. Aids Research and Human Retroviruses, 2008, 24:(7) 991-994.
Richter KL, van Rensburg EJ, van Heerden WFP, Boy SC. Human papilloma virus (HPV) strains in the oral and cervical mucosa of HIV positive South African women prior to antiretroviral therapy . J Oral Pathol Med 2008, 37: 555-559.
Steenkamp G, Ferguson WH, Boy SC, Ferreira SM, Bester MN. Estimating exposed pulp lengths of tusks in the African elephant (Loxodonta africana africana). J S.Afr.Vet.Ass. 79(1): 25-30.


du Preez LA, Bütow KW, Swart TJP. Implant failure due to Titanium hypersensitivity/allergy? SADJ 2007, Vol 62 No 1.
Meyers B, Boy SC, Steenkamp G. Diagnosis and Management of an Odontogenic Myxoma in a Dog. J Vet Dent 2007, 24:166.
Olze A, van Niekerk P, Ishikawa T, Zhu BL, Schulz R, Maeda A, Schmeling A. Comparative study of the effect of ethnicity on wisdom tooth eruption. Int J Legal Med 2007, 121:445-448.Olze A, van Niekerk P, Schulz R, Schmeling A. Studies of the Chronological Course of Wisdom Tooth Eruption in a Black African Population. J Forensic Sci 2007 Vol 52:1161.
van Heerden WFP. Oral health in general practice. Editorial. SA Fam Prac, 2007, 49: 19.Robb L, Marx J, Steenkamp G, van Heerden WFP, Pretorius E, Boy SC. Scanning Electron Microscopic Study of the Dentinal Tubules in Dog Canine Teeth. J Vet Dent, 2007; 86-89.
van Heerden WFP, Boy SC. Diagnosis and management of common non-viral oral ulcerations. SA Fam Prac, 2007, 49: 20-26.


Boy, SC, van Rensburg EJ, Engelbrecht S, Dreyer L, van Heerden MB, van Heerden WFP. HPV detection in primary intraoral squamous cell carcinomas – commensal, aetiological agent or contamination. J Oral Pathol Med, 2006; 35: 86-90.
Boy SC & Steenkamp G. Odontoma-like tumours of squirrel’s elodont-incisors – Elodontomas. Journal of Comparative Pathology, 2006;135: 56-61.
Bernitz H, van Heerden WFP, Solheim T, Owen JH. A technique to capture, analyse and quantify anterior teeth rotations for application in court cases involving tooth marks. J Forensic Sci, 2006, 51: 624-629.
Hoogendijk CF, Pretorius E, van Heerden WFP, Marx J, Imhof A, Schneemann M. Detection of Villous Conidia of Conidiobolus coronatus in a blood sample by scanning electron microscopy investigation. Ultrastructural Path, 2006; 30: 53-58.
van Heerden WFP. Oral manifestations of viral infections. SA Fam Prac, 2006; 48: 20-24.


Bernitz H., Concepts to elucidate the pattern-associated analysis of tooth marks in court. J Dent Assoc S Afr 2005, 60(2): 62-65.
Bernitz H, van Heerden WFP, Solheim T, Owen JH. A technique to capture, analyse and quantify anterior teeth rotations for application in court cases involving tooth marks. J Forensic Sci, 2005, 51(3): 1-6.
Boy SC, Steenkamp G, van Heerden WFP. Primary Intra-Oral Leiomyosarcomas in Dogs – A Clinico-Pathological study. Vet Record, 2005, 156: 510-513.
Boy SC, Steenkamp G. Primary Intra-Oral Leiomyosarcomas in Dogs – A Clinico-Pathological study. In press Vet Record, 2005, 156 (16): 510-513.
Harris MJP & Zwane NP. Career expectations in a cohort of MEDUNSA Dental students. J Dent Assoc S Afr, 2005.
Noffke CEE, Chabikuli NJ, Nzima N. Impaired tooth eruption: A Review. J Dent Assoc S Afr 2005, 60(10): 422-425.
Steenkamp G, Olivier-Carstens A, van Heerden WFP, Crossley DA, Boy SC. In vitro comparison of three materials as apical sealants of equine premolar and molar teeth. Equine Vet J, 2005, 37: 133-136.
van Heerden WFP, McEachen S, Boy SC. Alveolar bone necrosis and tooth exfoliation secondary to herpes zoster in the setting of HIV/AIDS. AIDS, 2005, 19: 1283-2184.


Ayo-Yusuf OA, Swart TJP, Pickworth WB. Nicotine-delivery capabilities of smokeless tobacco products and implications for control of tobacco dependence in South Africa. Tobacco Control, 2004, 13: 186-189.
Boy SC, Steenkamp G. Neural innervation of the tusk pulp of the African elephant (Loxodonta Africana). Vet Rec, 2004; 154 (12): 372-374.
Noffke CEE, Nzima N, Chabikuli NJ. Digital Radiography, Update for Oral Health Care Workers. J Dent Assoc S Afr 2004, 59(7): 293-295.


Bernitz H., van Niekerk PJ. Bungled bite mark evidence collection: a protocol for the prevention thereof. J Dent Assoc S Afr, 2003, 58(1); 18-21.
Boy SC, Bernitz H. Flow cytometric evaluation of post-mortem pulp DNA degradation. Am J Forensic Med Pathol, 2003, 24: 123-127.
Boy SC., Bernitz H., van Heerden WFP. Flow cytometric evaluation of postmortem pulp DNA degradation. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 2003, 24(2): 23-27.
Boy SC, Dinkel JE, Swart TJP, van Heerden WFP. Epstein-Barr virus prevalence in Burkitt’s lymphoma in a South African population sample. South Afr J Epidemiol Infect, 2003, 18: 4-7.
Postma TC, van Heerden WFP. Is the human papillomavirus a mutual aetiological agent in oral and cervical squamous cell carcinoma? An epidemiological study. Anticancer Res, 2003, 23: 3509-3512.
van Heerden WFP. Pathology of the Head and Neck. A Retrospective Appraisal. Thesis for DSc (Odont) degree. University of Pretoria, 2003.
van Heerden WFP, Ligthelm AJ. Differential diagnoses of white lesions in HIV/AIDS patients. Dental Horizons, 2003, 1: 8-10.
van Heerden WFP, Raubenheimer EJ, Swart TJP, Boy SC. Intraoral salivary duct carcinoma: A report of 5 cases. J Oral Maxfacial Surg, 2003, 61:126-131.
van Niekerk PJ, Bernitz H. Retrospective investigation of dental records used in forensic identification cases. J Dent Assoc S Afr 2003, 58(3): 102-4.