ANALYSIS: Lockdowns and research – what we lost and what we stand to gain
Posted on May 13, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic – and the resulting lockdowns – have had a major impact on research at institutions across the world, and universities in particular.
Sheer volume of misinformation risks diverting focus from fighting coronavirus
Posted on April 29, 2020
To manage the COVID-19 pandemic, be it from a personal, national or global perspective, we rely on a constant stream of information. A plethora of dashboards have appeared globally that convey information on the number of people tested, those who are positive, the number of deaths and those who...
UP professors take top honours at 2019 Health Excellence Awards
Posted on November 25, 2019
Thought leaders at UP's Faculty of Health Sciences were honoured at the 2019 Health Excellence Awards as two of the Faculty’s professors won first place and another secured a second runner-up spot.
African genetic diversity could hold answer to unlocking disease susceptibility
Posted on January 24, 2018
A team of South African researchers which includes researchers from the University of Pretoria (UP) recently completed a study aimed at unlocking the unique genetic character of southern African populations.
Prestigious Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship awarded to Prof Robert Millar
Posted on June 09, 2017
The prestigious Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship was presented to University of Pretoria and University of Cape Town faculty member Professor Robert Millar on Friday, 2 June, for his work in neuroendocrinology.
Remembering Ontlametse Phalatse - progeria patient and inspiration
Posted on May 15, 2017
Prof Michael Pepper, Director of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine and professor in the Department of Immunology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, writes about Ontlametse Phalatse, a progeria patient who has inspired the nation.
Genomes, structural biology and drug discovery: fighting drug resistance in cancer and tuberculosis
Posted on April 08, 2016
Prof Sir Tom Blundell, Director of Research and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, presented a public lecture titled 'Genomes, structural biology and drug discovery: fighting drug resistance in cancer and tuberculosis', at the University of...
First-in-human anti-cancer procedure brings hope
Posted on August 12, 2015
In July this year, the Department of Nuclear Medicine at UP, in collaboration with Steve Biko Academic Hospital and other partners pioneered an exciting first-in-human anti-cancer procedure.
Alzheimer’s disease – Old friends and new promises
Posted on July 28, 2015
Prof Vanessa Steenkamp and the Phytomedicine Unit in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Pretoria (UP), are involved in research to obtain safer and more efficacious treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
The physiology of stress
Posted on July 03, 2015
What does stress really do to our bodies? While we all understand the symptoms of the stress response, few of us know what the underlying physiological mechanisms are.
Education Innovation: Schools as sites for social change
Posted on May 21, 2015
An interfaculty research team at UP is focussing on schools as sites for social change and the training of teachers to impart health-related messages.
UP Faculty of Health Sciences hosts 6th annual Neuroscience Day
Posted on May 21, 2015
The Neuroscience Research Group, which forms part of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM) at the University of Pretoria (UP), hosted their 6th annual Neuroscience Day on Wednesday, 13 May 2015.
World Book Day at UP presents the future of publishing now
Posted on April 29, 2015
To commemorate World Book Day, the University of Pretoria’s Library Services hosted a presentation by Prof Tahir Pillay on the ground-breaking publication of South Africa’s first digital interactive science textbook.
Bedside to bench: Research by new institute at UP driven by patients in need
Posted on April 28, 2015
The recently launched Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Pretoria draws on seven of the institution's nine faculties, with 20 cross-disciplinary research projects across four streams.
MRC Extramural Research Unit for Stem Cell Research and Therapy awarded to UP
Posted on December 05, 2014
Professor Michael Pepper and his team of researchers at the University of Pretoria have been awarded an MRC Extramural Research Unit for Stem Cell Research and Therapy.
Neuroscience Day 2014
Posted on May 05, 2014
Did you know that some sleeping pills can actually rouse people from comas, or that your brain waves look different when you