Fly even higher: Improving Southern Africa’s ability to detect the next pandemic
Posted on May 15, 2022
The Southern Africa Bat Research Network (SABRENet), led by Professor Wanda Markotter, Director of the Centre for Viral Zoonoses and NRF-DSI South African Research Chair in Infectious Diseases of Animals (Zoonoses) presented a Southern African workshop: One Health coronavirus biosurveillance...
UP researchers call for the urgent protection of bat-inhabited caves
Posted on April 17, 2022
University of Pretoria researchers Dr Mariëtte Pretorius and Professor Wanda Markotter have published a study which shows that land around important bat-inhabited caves are changing and that natural habitats are being destroyed.
OHHLEP releases 2021 annual report
Posted on April 01, 2022
The One Health High Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP) has released its annual report for 2021. The University of Pretoria's Prof Wanda Markotter is a co-chair of this panel which was launched in May 2021 by theTripartite (FAO, OIE, and WHO) and UNEP. This report summarizes the activities and results...
MSc and PhD positions in UP Centre for Viral Zoonoses BEEZ research group
Posted on March 01, 2022
The Biosurveillance and Ecology of Emerging Zoonoses research group has several exciting research opportunities in 2022 for motivated and hardworking students seeking to complete Masters or Doctoral degrees in Medical Virology with a focus on zoonotic pathogens.
Tuning South Africa to the bat frequency: creating awareness and education through radio and dialogue
Posted on February 22, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on zoonoses and human interactions with wildlife-especially bats. As people generally know very little about zoonoses and bats, it has become imperative to communicate factual information amidst misleading false news. As a research group concerned with...
University of Pretoria-led study reveals COVID-19 Delta variants transmitted from humans to animals
Posted on January 18, 2022
A team of UP scientists has published the only study from Africa that entailed genomic One Health investigations to reveal that Delta variants of COVID-19 were transmitted from humans to animals.
FUTURE AFRICA RESEARCH LEADER FELLOWSHIP (FAR-LEAF)
Posted on January 07, 2022
The closing date for the Future Africa Research Leader Fellowship (FAR-LEAF) has been adjusted.
South African bats are losing their trees, UP research shows
Posted on December 18, 2021
Research at UP is looking at how tree harvesting is causing the destruction of natural habitat, bringing wild animals like bats into closer contact with humans than ever before and leading to increased risk of new zoonotic diseases.
South Africa’s cave-dwelling bats need more protection – to keep people safe too
Posted on December 02, 2021
Caves are overlooked but essential parts of the natural world. Many animals use caves for shelter and for raising their young – bats among them. Caves are often home to multiple bat species. Bats may also use different caves for specific reasons; some travel to particular selected caves,...
University of Pretoria expert to lead WHO group probing origins of novel pathogens including COVID-19
Posted on November 26, 2021
UP’s Prof Marietjie Venter has been selected to chair the international scientific advisory team appointed by the WHO to probe the origins of novel pathogens including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Prof. Wanda Markotter on the global commitment of One Health
Posted on November 04, 2021
The Global Governance Project, supported by the World Health Organization, has launched the “Health: A Political Choice” publication in October 2021 to reflect and discuss the challenges and solutions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Pretoria’s own Prof....
Faculty of Health Sciences Academics Shine at UP’s annual Academic Achievers’ Awards Ceremony
Posted on October 29, 2021
On 28 October 2021, the University of Pretoria hosted its 21st annual Academic Achievers’ Awards ceremony to celebrate its top-performing researchers. This is the second consecutive year that the ceremony was virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
#WomenofUP: UP hosts third annual Women in Science Symposium
Posted on August 30, 2021
UP recently hosted its recent third annual Women in Science Symposium, which highlighted the efforts of women in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the global pandemic.
Eight UP academics and science centre Sci-Enza selected as finalists for NSTF-South32 Awards
Posted on June 03, 2021
Congratulations to the eight UP academics and the University’s science centre, Sci-Enza, for being selected as finalists in the 2020/2021 National Science and Technology Forum’s NSTF-South32 Awards.
UP’s Prof Wanda Markotter joins world One Health panel of experts to prevent future pandemics
Posted on May 25, 2021
UP's Prof Wanda Markotter is one of 26 global experts chosen to provide science-based advice to the One Health High-Level Expert Panel, a UN initiative.
Health-People-Places Chair will strengthen UP’s science leadership in Africa
Posted on May 19, 2021
“A strong focus is mentoring young academics in this transdisciplinary space and expanding resources,” says Prof Wanda Markotter.
Prof Markotter, Director of the UP’s Centre for Viral Zoonoses, has been appointed as Future Africa Research Chair on Health-People-Places....
Zoonotic diseases and the value of natural history voucher specimens and collaborative research
Posted on March 12, 2021
During this COVID-19 pandemic, which is having a considerable global impact, it seems relevant to focus people’s attention on zoonotic disease research that is being undertaken in southern Africa, in particular South Africa. You may have heard, or read, that the likely host for the virus,...
Working collaboratively and across disciplines is the only way to beat the pandemics and crises of the future, UP’s Future Africa tells Galien Forum Africa
Posted on December 17, 2020
“COVID-19 will probably not be the last pandemic. If we don’t build resource capacity, we’re going to be in more trouble. And if we don’t build a youth that thinks transdisciplinarily, we are also going to be in trouble,” said Professor Wanda Markotter of the...
UP Expert Lecture: Learning from COVID-19 can help prevent future pandemics, says virologist Prof Wanda Markotter
Posted on November 10, 2020
“It’s not just about disease surveillance; we really need to bring multidisciplinary teams together, and use the resources to answer several different questions.”
UP’s COVID-19 response strengthened through collaboration with Leeds University
Posted on November 03, 2020
The University of Pretoria (UP) has been consistent in its contribution to the fight against COVID-19, thanks in part to support from the University of Leeds.