National Epilepsy Week, 20–26 May 2019
Posted on May 22, 2019
The term epilepsy refers to a group of different neurological conditions characterised by recurrent and unprovoked epileptic seizures. One should therefore think epilepsies, rather than epilepsy. It is one of the most common neurological conditions in children and young people, with an incidence...
Faculty of Heath Sciences engaged with youth in a community
Posted on May 09, 2019
The Faculty of Heath Sciences is proud of undertaking community projects and providing quality services to underprivileged persons. Dr Joji Mercier, senior lecturer at the Department of Physiology at the University of Pretoria (UP), served on the International Selection Panel for the Eskom Expo...
First dual-registered PhD between the Faculty of Health Sciences (University of Pretoria) and Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
Posted on May 07, 2019
On 6 April 2019, Ms Elsa Nolte completed a PhD in Human Physiology at the University of Pretoria, which was jointly awarded with Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes (France) as Docteur (Biologie cellulaire).
Fourth International Challenge in Emergency Medicine and related basic sciences for fifth-year medical students
Posted on May 02, 2019
Information received from the Tuks Undergraduate Research Forum (TURF), a driver of undergraduate participation in educational events, led to our decision to attend the 4th International Challenge in Emergency Medicine (ICEM) hosted by Khon Kaen University (KKU) in Thailand.
Dr Potgieter and Dr Mfolo appointed as president and vice-president of PSSA
Posted on April 30, 2019
Drs Nicoline Potgieter and Tshepiso Mfolo, who are both full-time academics in the School of Dentistry in the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Health Sciences, were recently appointed as president and vice-president respectively of the Paedodontic Society of South Africa (PSSA).
Six new ways that UP is fighting malaria in 2019
Posted on April 25, 2019
From insect-repelling socks to potential new drugs from local plants, the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) is turning up the heat on the deadly disease this World Malaria Day.
2019 African Vaccination Week
Posted on April 24, 2019
During the week from 24 to 30 April 2019, Africans will be celebrating Vaccination Week. The theme of this initiative, which aims to create awareness of vaccines that can protect children and women in particular from specific preventable diseases, is ‘Vaccines work, do your part’.
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....