Prof Robert Pattinson Professor Robert Pattinson has been the Director of the SAMRC/University of Pretoria Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies Research Unit since 1998. This is one of the oldest Extramural Research Units of the South African Medical Research Council. He is also an Emeritus Professor at the University of Pretoria where he previously served as Clinical Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He serves on the National Committee for the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths for which he edits all the reports and served on the National Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality Committee in South Africa. As a qualified Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Prof Pattinson has a strong research focus in areas of maternal, fetal and infant health. He led the team that developed and scaled-up the Essential Steps into Obstetric Emergencies programme - the programme has been scaled-up into all districts in South Africa. Pattinson is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); winner of the Discovery Health Excellence Award and a Fellow Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Prof Pattinson attributes most of his professional growth to the SAMRC – his association with the organisation dates back to 1987, when he first received the SAMRC Post Graduate Bursary which he says was a defining moment for his career.
Posted on Nov13, 2019
The main purpose of the Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty Day is to give researchers, post- and undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research findings to the Faculty. Research is presented in the form of poster exhibitions and oral and poster presentations. The theme of Faculty Day is: "Research, Innovation and Education towards better health". The intention is to generate debate amongst a broad range of students and academics about issues of development towards better health for all. The focus of Faculty Day will be on how research within in the Faculty supports progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For more information on the goals (and sub-goals) visit https://www.globalgoals.org/
The first Siyakhula Collaborative Workshop was held on 15-16 November 2018 at Kalafong Hospital. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together a group of multidisciplinary health scientists, clinicians, public health stakeholders, and people with lived experience to build capacity for research and training in HIV-infection and women’s and infants’ health across geographical and disciplinary boundaries. Read more
Prof Ute Feucht is invited to the 11th International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics, on 19 and 20 July 2019, in Mexico, Mexico City. The Pediatrics Workshop is the only international platform entirely devoted to research in the prevention and treatment of HIV in infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant/ lactating women, making it the premier forum for the world's leading researchers in this area. As in previous years, it will be held preceding the International AIDS Conference. The Pediatrics workshop will bring together 200-300 global experts, including researchers, clinicians and program implementers, caring for young patients living with HIV.
The MSD for Mothers established a 10-year global initiative to create a world where no woman dies while giving birth. The programme in partnership with the National Department of Health aims to decrease and eventually eliminate maternal mortality. Read more
The Centre For Maternal, Fetal, Newborn and Child Health Care at the University of Pretoria has announced that it will join the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis Initiative, which aims to accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal and neonatal deaths related to sepsis by participating in the Global Maternal Sepsis Study (GLOSS). Read more
Prof Robert Pattinson started his career in medicine working in a mission hospital in KwaZulu-Natal in the late 1970s. The doctor in charge was an old man suffering from Parkinson's disease. Despite his illness, this doctor served the community in a significant and selfless way. This commitment to improving the lives of poor South Africans inspired Pattinson so much that he decided never to ask people for money for medical services, eliminating any possibility of a comfortable life in private practice. Pattinson was particularly drawn to the medical field of obstetrics and gynaecology as it was in this field that he felt he could make a significant difference. Read more
Prof Robert Pattinson, Director of the South African Medical Research Council's Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies Unit in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Pretoria (UP), has been awarded the Havenga Prize for Medicine by the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns. The Havenga Prize is awarded annually for original research in the field of natural sciences and/or in a technical field. Read more