DNA Day: UP expert on how DNA technology is changing the face of cancer
Posted on April 25, 2020
DNA Day on 25 April is an opportunity to recognise scientific accomplishments and acknowledge that the vast amount of knowledge available today will lead to tomorrow’s discoveries – which will ultimately contribute to our health and well-being, especially in the fight against cancer.
Millions survive breast cancer, but the disease needs vigilance
Posted on October 30, 2019
Statistics show that one in 28 women in South Africa may develop breast cancer in their life. This represents approximately 25% of all cancers in women. Globally, more than two million new cases of breast cancer were reported in 2018.
'No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid' – a motto UP's Professor Alisa Phulukdaree lives by
Posted on August 22, 2019
In the eighth interview of our #WomenofUP series for Women’s Month, we profile Professor Alisa Phulukdaree, an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology
Department of Physiology's PhD student wins prestigious research award at an international conference in Turkey
Posted on August 01, 2019
Miss Jolene Helena, a PhD student (upgraded from her Master of Science) in the Department of Physiology (Faculty of Health Sciences) under the supervision of Dr AE Mercier, Prof AM Joubert and Dr P Mabeta, recently attended the International Conference on Radiation Biology and Free Radical in...
The first dual-registered PhD between the Faculty of Health Sciences (University of Pretoria and the Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
Posted on May 18, 2019
On 6 April 2019, Ms Elsa Nolte completed her PhD in Human Physiology (University of Pretoria) which was jointly awarded with Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes (France) as Docteur (Biologie cellulaire). This is the first dual PhD registration between the Faculty of Health Sciences of the...
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 students to be guided by Nobel Prize Winners
Posted on July 31, 2018
Every year, about 30 Nobel Laureates come together at an international meeting in Lindau, Germany.
Dr Alisa Phulukdaree announced as a Next Einstein Forum fellow
Posted on July 31, 2018
Dr Phulukdaree is the third Next Einstein Forum fellow from the University of Pretoria.
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.
Postgraduate students in the Department of Physiology receive research accolades
Posted on February 28, 2018
The 45th conference of the Physiological Society of Southern Africa was hosted at the Groenkloof Campus in 2017.
Exercise reduces risk of injury and increases vitality
Posted on October 30, 2017
Prof Paola Wood has always believed that exercise could improve quality of life, and a main objective of her research has been to produce usable and relevant work that can make a difference in people's lives.
Research visit to Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus
Posted on October 14, 2017
Osteoporosis is one of the most prevalent non-communicable diseases that affects over half of women
Applying health research in South African schools for learners' well-being
Posted on August 23, 2017
A collaborative study involving local and international researchers has created an intervention strategy to help improve the diet and lifestyle of schoolchildren in South Africa.
New nutrition education programme to help children eat healthy
Posted on August 07, 2017
Through her doctoral work with the Institute for Food Nutrition and Wellbeing at UP, Deborah Kupolati is helping a new generation eat healthier by developing a nutrition education programme for primary school teachers.
Sport, exercise medicine and lifestyle research in the spotlight at UP
Posted on September 06, 2016
The University of Pretoria has identified 'Sport, exercise medicine and lifestyle interventions for chronic disease' as one of its four main strategic niche areas for research activity in the next decade.
Official opening of the Tšwelopele Building on the Prinshof Campus
Posted on August 17, 2016
The newly built Tšwelopele Building on the Prinshof Campus of the University of Pretoria was officially opened by the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, and the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UP, Prof Cheryl de la Rey on Monday, 15 August 2016.
Research explores the role of music in ballet dancers' experience of flow
Posted on July 29, 2016
An interest in the well-being of performers led Dr Clorinda Panebianco, a senior lecturer in the Department of Music, to undertake a study with professional ballet dancers to investigate the role of music in their experience of flow.
Fighting breast cancer in the laboratory
Posted on November 02, 2015
Prof Annie Joubert and her team at UP are committed to finding novel treatments that target cancer cells specifically, while causing the least possible amount of discomfort to the patient.
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.