University of Pretoria tops ranks in new DHET report on SA research outputs
Posted on April 17, 2019
A recently released Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) report reveals that the University of Pretoria (UP) produced the most weighted research outputs per capita for 2017, as well as the highest number of published research outputs in South Africa.
‘Human beings have an unfathomable amount of potential’ – UP School of Medicine graduate Dr Aliya Mukadam on how she topped the class
Posted on April 09, 2019
Many might remember Dr Aliya Mukadam from a video that went viral on social media of the exceptional medical student at the oath-taking ceremony when it was announced that she had won the School of Medicine prize for the best performance in the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) course...
UP academic makes significant headway to better diagnose multidrug-resistant TB
Posted on March 25, 2019
Despite the global decline in new infections, the emergence of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), a virulent strain that has developed an immunity to the antimicrobial drugs used to treat TB, means the disease remains a public health crisis.
“Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere”
Posted on March 20, 2019
Kidney disease is a global health problem with a growing disease burden in both developed and undeveloped countries. The magnitude and the impact of kidney disease are unknown and will remain so if a concerted effort is not made to develop a national data collection system to acquire data on...
UP providing support for South Africa's SDG reporting
Posted on March 04, 2019
An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Pretoria is supporting the South African government in their reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a universal call to form partnerships to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people...
UP academic pioneers world’s first middle ear transplant using 3D-printed bones
Posted on February 28, 2019
A pioneering surgical procedure using 3D-printed middle ear bones, developed by Professor Mashudu Tshifularo and his team at the University of Pretoria (UP) Faculty of Health Sciences, may be the answer to conductive hearing loss, a middle ear problem caused by congenital birth defects,...
UP Facial Cleft Deformity Clinic changes lives, one child at a time
Posted on February 05, 2019
Music blasts out of Zaskia Botha’s portable hi-fi system in the pristine reception area of the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Facial Cleft Deformity Clinic on UP’s Prinshof Campus, as patients wait to be attended to by its staff.
Cancer needs everybody’s attention, says University of Pretoria professor
Posted on February 04, 2019
The prevalence of cancer is increasing worldwide. Globally, 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year, and approximately nine million lose their lives to cancer annually.
UP Head of Family Medicine wins SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award
Posted on December 06, 2018
Prof Jannie Hugo, head of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Family Medicine, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the South African Medical Association (SAMA) for outstanding, pioneering contributions to the primary healthcare system.
OPINION: New hope on the horizon for treating HIV infection, says Prof Theresa Rossouw
Posted on December 01, 2018
The spread of drug-resistant HIV in South Africa is at a point where about one in five adults and one in two infants that become infected will be resistant to one class of drugs used in the HIV treatment plan. Not taking treatment diligently can also cause people to develop multidrug-resistant...
UP’s Tshwane Insulin Project brings quality diabetes treatment to underserved communities
Posted on November 28, 2018
Tshwane Insulin Project (TIP), a collaborative project between various University of Pretoria (UP) departments, will lead an exciting five-year research programme that will explore the use of remote prescribing to help primary care physicians and/or nurses better serve the needs of people living...
All smiles: UP’s Facial Cleft Deformity Clinic celebrates 35 years of putting smiles on kids’ faces
Posted on November 16, 2018
This year, the University of Pretoria’s Facial Cleft Deformity Clinic celebrates 35 years of helping babies and children with orofacial clefts to be more comfortable, and ultimately healthier and happier. “There are few greater rewards than the happy smiles of a family and seeing a...
‘Pesticides found in local fruit and vegetables could have health risks,' UP academic warns
Posted on October 18, 2018
A study by University of Pretoria (UP) researchers into pesticides in fruit and vegetables from fresh produce markets in Johannesburg and Tshwane has revealed that some had one to three different pesticide residues, meaning they could have harmful effects on the health of anyone consuming them....
'We must celebrate male and female heroes equally'
Posted on October 11, 2018
Anti-apartheid struggle icon Albertina Sisulu was a “rock” to her family and contributed greatly to the nursing profession and to South Africa’s liberation. She should be memorialised for this, and society could emulate her in many ways.
These were some of the thoughts shared...
New smiles for 11 Pretoria children at Steve Biko Academic Hospital
Posted on September 10, 2018
The Smile Foundation is excited to have hosted its first-ever Smile Week in Pretoria at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital. The foundation, of which former President Nelson Mandela was the Chief Patron, assists children across South Africa in need of facial and other reconstructive surgery. With...
The Phelophepa-The Train of Hope
Posted on September 10, 2018
Annually, both final year oral hygiene and dental students from the Department of Community dentistry are made available to Transnet for a period of two weeks on a rotational basis to provide basic oral health care services.
The services offered on the Transnet Phelophepa Health Care Train,...
Health, well-being and sustainable development, intrinsically connected
Posted on August 22, 2018
To achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 which entails ‘ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages,’ involves strengthening of the implementation of the framework convention on tobacco control and providing access to medicines and vaccines. It also involves...
UP ISMC and libraries bring relief to people affected by malaria
Posted on August 17, 2018
As part of the UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control’s (UP ISMC), 2018 Malaria Awareness Programme, its postgraduate student forum started the “Malaria is Everyday” initiative. This initiative recognises that people in rural malaria-endemic communities struggle with the...
Personalised medicine “holds great promise for improved patient outcomes”
Posted on August 08, 2018
Nuclear medicine is rapidly facilitating the shift from “trial and error” medicine to personalised medicine, which holds great promise for improved patient outcomes.
This was said by Prof Mike Sathekge, professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Faculty of...
UP researchers predict injuries in super rugby teams
Posted on July 31, 2018
A study recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine by University of Pretoria (UP) researchers found that there is a considerably higher match injury incidence in South African Super Rugby teams, where each team can expect to have two injuries occur per match.
The study was...