Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Prevention is in the genes
Posted on October 23, 2020
Globally, 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year, and about nine million lose their lives to the disease annually. But next-generation DNA technologies and sequencing are heralding a change to the outlook of the disease, and the rapid development and roll-out of DNA tests could...
Invasive mosquito species could bring more malaria to Africa’s urban areas
Posted on October 19, 2020
A species of mosquito that can carry malaria – known as Anopheles stephensi – has invaded eastern Africa and is quickly moving across the region. Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, asked Jeremy Herren and Clifford Mutero to provide insights into why this invasion is...
World Food Day: Child nutrition is everyone’s responsibility
Posted on October 15, 2020
With the current increasing rates of malnutrition, infant mortality, poverty, hunger and food insecurity, the future of the African child is at stake. These are children who need to contribute to the economic “rescuing” and growth of the continent and the world at large. The cost of...
UP partners with Impact Catalyst to deliver primary healthcare to mining communities
Posted on October 15, 2020
The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) Research Unit has been contributing its expertise around the Mogalakwena mine in Limpopo by equipping community healthcare workers with skills and knowledge through work-integrated learning sessions.
#TuksSport: Q&A with Marteleze van Graan about her role at SEMLI and interest in performance enhancement
Posted on October 05, 2020
Marteleze van Graan is a Sport Psychologist at SEMLI, and registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Counselling Psychologist in independent practice. She holds a BSocSci in Sport Psychology, BSocSci Honours, and MA Counselling Psychology with a specialization in...
Community of Practice in Evaluating Malaria Control Interventions at UP goes beyond expectations with renewal for second round of funding
Posted on September 23, 2020
The University of Pretoria's (UP) first Community of Practice (CoP) focusing on eliminating malaria, hosted in the UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC), has been renewed for a second round of funding. Through the CoP initiative, the National Research Foundation (NRF) provides...
UP initiative helps create food security for vulnerable communities
Posted on September 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many without a source of income. This has had devastating effects on household food security, a disastrous reality which prompted the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Community Oriented Primary Care Research Unit (COPC), to start an initiative.
World Alzheimer’s Day: UP academics on how best to support dementia sufferers
Posted on September 21, 2020
The thought of having our memories erased and being unable to recognise the people we cherish would elicit fear in most individuals. For adults with a dementia diagnosis, this fear is magnified ¬– even more so for those closest to them.
Heart Awareness Month: Cardiology in the time of COVID-19
Posted on September 16, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call for us all. As the flood of disease swept through the world, we braced ourselves for it to hit home. While most South Africans locked down, medical services scurried to get everything in place to deal with the expected tsunami of cases.
Panellists discuss ‘women as agents of ubuntu’ at UP-hosted Women’s Month webinar
Posted on September 07, 2020
Inspirational stories of resilience and community support during the national lockdown as a result of COVID-19 was in the spotlight during a recent virtual webinar. ‘Women as Agents of Ubuntu Philosophy During the COVID-19 Pandemic’. The webinar was hosted by the University of...
UP and partners awarded EU grant to improve medical education in Southern Africa
Posted on September 02, 2020
The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), in partnership with Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Namibia and Welwitchia University, has been awarded a European Union (EU) grant valued at £1 million (about...
Community Health Workers tackle social community issues in Mogalakwena
Posted on September 01, 2020
Impact Catalyst is an exciting new initiative consisting of partnerships between Anglo American, Exxaro, the CSIR, World Vision and Zutari who all share a vision of creating enhanced social impact in the mining communities in Limpopo and will expand to other provinces. Their aim is to establish...
#UPWomen Researchers help to eliminate malaria while empowering others
Posted on August 28, 2020
The UP ISMC has three research clusters, namely Human Health, Parasite Control and Vector Control, each with strong #UPWomen researchers helping to eliminate malaria in South Africa and Africa while simultaneously building capacity in the malaria space and empowering women in affected communities.
Faculty of Health Sciences Hosts #ChooseUP Live Stream
Posted on August 24, 2020
The Faculty of Health Sciences Hosted their respective #ChooseUP live streams on 22 August 2020. If you would like to get information regarding the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Healthcare Sciences please watch the videos below.
WORLD MOSQUITO DAY: UP malaria expert on the tiny animal that strikes fear in the heart of man
Posted on August 20, 2020
Mosquitoes are found virtually anywhere on Earth. They are annoying with their itchy bites and incessant buzzing at the most untimely moments, but there is more to them than the nuisance factor.
UP and University of Leeds collaborate on digital project to teach kids about COVID-19
Posted on August 18, 2020
The University of Pretoria (UP) and the University of Leeds are working together on a project to determine if children between eight and 12 years old can learn about COVID-19 through a storybook and/or by playing an online game.
IOUS Module Webinar 2: Extended use for Ultrasound
Posted on August 10, 2020
On 7 August 2020, the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pretoria hosted a Webinar focusing on the Extended Use for Ultrasound in Neurosurgery.
UP’s SEMLI launches research study on returning to sport after COVID-19
Posted on August 06, 2020
A study on the effects of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections on athletes returning to training and competition is being launched by the Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI) at the University of Pretoria (UP) in association with the International Olympic Committee (IOC)...
UP and Healthcare Workers Care Network sign MOU to tackle mental health
Posted on August 03, 2020
The University of Pretoria (UP) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Healthcare Workers Care Network (HWCN) to help tackle mental health challenges that affect healthcare practitioners.
VIDEO: What If? #StaySafe
Posted on August 01, 2020
"Safety isn't expensive, it's priceless." - Jerry Smith
COVID-19 affects everyone. Prevent it from affecting your loved ones by protecting yourself. Their lives are in your hands.