Richard Hift studied Internal Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, after which he joined the South African Medical Research Council’s Liver Research Centre in Cape Town. While training as a clinical hepatologist, he became interested in the porphyrias.

He developed the Porphyria Clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital, which is one of the largest of its kind in the world, providing comprehensive diagnostic and management care for patients with forms of porphyria.

Richard has a Masters in Medicine and PhD both focussed on porphyria and he both lectures internationally and has published extensively on the subject.

His research interests include porphyria and cognitive aspects of learning and expertise in clinical medicine. In 2007 he was appointed to the Chair of at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, and since 2012 he has been the Dean and Head of the School of Clinical Medicine at UKZN.

Mike Badminton is Clinical Lead for the National Acute Porphyria Service Cardiff centre, and is Director of the Cardiff SAS Porphyria Service laboratories. He has been involved in the diagnosis and management of all types of porphyria since 2001 and his research interests include the erythropoietic porphyrias, and more recently identifying modifier genes in acute porphyria. He is a founder member of the European Porphyria Network, which was established to improve healthcare for porphyria patients and their families.

Dr Penny Stein is a porphyria specialist based at King’s College Hospital, London, UK. She has extensive experience managing patients with acute porphyria and played a key role in establishing the National Acute Porphyria Service, which provides highly specialised care for English patients with one-off acute attacks and recurrent attacks. She also set up a service to deliver haem arginate infusions in the home to some of the most severely affected patients with recurrent attacks.

Pr. Richard Hift, Durban, RSA

Natural History of
Acute Porphyrias
Pr. Richard Hift, Durban, RSA

Diagnosis of Acute Porphyria
Dr. Mike Badminton, Cardiff, UK

Management of Acute Porphyria
Dr. Penelope Stein, London, UK

Interesting/difficult cases