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...
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...
New breast cancer research shows promise for the future
Posted on July 27, 2018
A major challenge in cancer research is to find agents that target cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells alone and unharmed. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments can have many undesirable side effects because they damage healthy cells as well.
The power of lightning
Posted on June 25, 2018
Lightning is a natural phenomenon that most people do not fully understand. Its magnitude and force is so great that it has the potential to cause devastating destruction, bringing damage to infrastructure, livelihoods and even life. Yet, it is something many people seem to underestimate and even...
UP academics are category finalists in NSTF Awards
Posted on June 25, 2018
Profs Namrita Lall, Xiaohua Xia, Mmantsae Diale, Kevin Wall and the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC), headed by Prof Tiaan de Jager are category finalists in this year’s prestigious National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards.
Secondment of UP Medical Criminalistics lecturer to the ICRC
Posted on May 15, 2018
Mr Neil Morris, lecturer and course coordinator for the BScHons (Medical Criminalistics) and the MSc (Medical Criminalistics) course in the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Pretoria (UP), has been seconded for a year to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)...
Beware of malaria – even in the winter
Posted on May 08, 2018
Malaria transmission in South Africa is seasonal and the months of September to May are malaria- or high season months. The summer rains during the first quarter of the year brings with them an increase in the number of malaria cases and malaria transmission is at its highest during the warmer...
UP students to be guided by Nobel Prize Winners
Posted on April 26, 2018
Nobel Prize winners, also known as Nobel Laureates, are described as “the greatest benefit to mankind”. The Nobel Prize has been awarded to some of the world’s biggest icons, including Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein and Mother Teresa. There are six categories of Nobel...
Three NSTF Award nominees for Faculty of Health Sciences
Posted on April 19, 2018
The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Health Sciences has three staff members who are accepted nominees in the highly acclaimed National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards 2017/2018.
UP malaria researcher chosen to attend Laureate meeting
Posted on March 22, 2018
Dr Bianca Verlinden, a young malaria researcher at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) is one of six young South African female scientists nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in...
Global public health issue of patient safety under the spotlight in Doctor of Laws thesis
Posted on February 14, 2018
The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria is proud to announce that another one of its staff members has qualified as a Doctor of Laws on Monday, 12 February 2018. Dr William Oosthuizen's (29) thesis, titled 'Reconciling patient safety and liability: Lessons from a Just Culture' deals...
UP leads the world in using nuclear therapy to fight cancer
Posted on February 09, 2018
Most people have, in some way or other, been affected by cancer, whether through the loss of a loved one or a personal fight against the big C, a dreaded and often incurable disease.