Research

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The science of user experience (UX) design

Using eye-tracking technology and website user data, researchers can better understand user experience of apps and websites, to help companies and other organisations design more effective interfaces.

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UP researchers will use #bigdata, sensor #technology and #genomics for #healthy, active lifestyles

Wearable fitness trackers and genetic differences between people can provide sport researchers at the UP ISEMLR with #bigdata to understand and support #healthy, active lifestyles.

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New research institute takes UP sports excellence to the next level #UPResearchMatters #UPSports

The University of Pretoria has an impressive track-record of sports excellence: over half of South African medallists at the recent Olympics and Commonwealth Games were assisted by UP.

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UP’s new institute will promote sports excellence and #healthy living through research #UPSports

Health practitioners and scientists at a new UP institute will focus on five high-impact research areas in the field of Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Research.

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A new multi-disciplinary research institute at UP will help patients and athletes keep active

Malaria is a complex disease that has devastated Africa and parts of South Africa. Researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control are combining research disciplines to understand and control malaria.

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Sport medicine & lifestyle researchers #teamUP against diabetes, heart disease and depression

More than half of South Africans do not play sports or exercise regularly. A new UP institute will address the problem by supporting healthy, active lifestyles through research.

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UP's smile makers are changing lives

All children deserve to lead healthy, happy lives as a valued part of a larger community. The Facial Cleft Deformity Clinic at UP is making today matter by ensuring that this ideal becomes a reality.

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Shedding light on animal responses to changing environments

A newly-built facility at the University of Pretoria will permit research on the effects of changing environmental conditions on the behaviour and physiology of small animals.

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Link discovered between bacteria and supposedly non-infectious diseases

A group of scientists have found that a single molecule from a bacterial cell wall component can lead to anomalous behaviour in 100 million clotting molecules, which may be a major contributor to many diseases including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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Eye in the sky to fight #malaria #UPResearchMatters #remotesensing

In the fight to control malaria, researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control have turned to satellite data to get a heads-up on malaria outbreaks. #UPResearchMatters.

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Anti-malaria pesticides reduce fertility, cause birth defects in Limpopo region #UPResearchMatters

The use of DDT and other insecticides has contributed immensely to controlling malaria in South Africa. Researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control have been looking into the negative health effects of...

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Mobile apps help fight malaria #UPResearchMatters

As the fight against malaria intensifies, researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control are turning to digital platforms to control and monitor the disease...

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High-tech wall linings keep the mozzies away #UPResearchMatters

Researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control have developed insecticide-impregnated wall linings to protect residents in Vhembe, Limpopo. The wall linings have been so successful at reducing mosquito bites that...

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Can we eliminate #malaria in South Africa by 2018?

Malaria is a complex disease that has devastated Africa and parts of South Africa. Researchers at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control are combining research disciplines to understand and control malaria.

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High tech, high touch: technology enables a new community health platform

South Africa faces four epidemics - Infectious diseases (especially HIV/AIDS and TB), non-communicable diseases (especially diabetes and cardiovascular diseases), high levels of violence and injury, and mother and child illness and death...

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Sport, exercise medicine and lifestyle research to address a modern epidemic

Chronic diseases of lifestyle present the single most important current and future health threat to both developed and developing nations.

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Drowning: a very real risk

In South Africa drowning is one of the top five causes of unnatural death among children under 15 years of age and for every child that dies from drowning, five are left with permanent brain damage as a result of the prolonged lack of oxygen.

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Collaborating to save the survivors

The poaching of rhinos for their horns has resulted in the loss of many animals and it is particularly sad when pregnant rhinos or mothers with calves are poached.

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Improving the lives of families affected by HIV

HIV in South Africa is a prominent health concern and it is believed that the country has more people living with HIV than any other country in the world.

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Tap into tech for clean drinking water.

Despite the fact that access to clean and disease-free drinking water is a basic human right enshrined in South Africa’s constitution, utilities often find it difficult to produce safe drinking water as they have to deal with highly contaminated water...

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