Dr. Brenda Louw is a professor in Speech-Language Pathology, the chair of the Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria as well as the Director of the Centre for Early Intervention in Communication Pathology , University of Pretoria . Her fields of interest and expertise are Early Communication Intervention, including children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders and Research Ethics in the Social Sciences. She has published widely on these topics in peer reviewed journals and has presented papers at numerous international conferences. She is an ad hoc reviewer for various journals. Dr Louw is actively involved in Cleft Care in Africa and is currently the President of the South African Cleft Lip and Palate Society and the Vice President of the Pan African Association for Cleft Lip and Palate.