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Research Chair tackles bird flu

The Research Chair in Poultry Health and Production, which was established jointly by the Southern African Poultry Association (SAPA) and the University of Pretoria (UP) in 2012, is taking the lead in research on poultry diseases.

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Research to benefit the poorest of the poor

Johanita Kruger, a nutritional scientist at the University of Pretoria’s Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW) has been looking into feasible ways of enriching the mineral nutritional quality of the diets of the poor in order to decrease morbidity and mortality rates.

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Researchers ranked on Brigham Young University Accounting Research Rankings

Prof Jean Myburgh, Acting Head of the Department of Accounting, Prof Stephen Coetzee, Ms Astrid Schmulian, Ms Cecile Janse van Rensburg and Ms Lizette Kotze, staff members in the Department of Accounting at the University of Pretoria, have been ranked on the Brigham Young Accounting Research Rankings for 2014.

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New research and teaching focus on Energy Resources

A new research and teaching focus on Energy Resources at the University of Pretoria will provide the ideal conditions to assist in the development of graduates for international petroleum and gas companies working regionally and across the continent.

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Seed Science research at UP

Seed Science research, such as seed health tests, general seed pathology, seed vigour and seed germination as determined by the International Seed Testing Association rules, is continuously performed by the University of Pretoria Seed Science Group.

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MRC Extramural Research Unit for Stem Cell Research and Therapy awarded to UP

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.

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Prof Martin Schwellnus to head new Sports, Exercise, Medicine and Lifestyle Research Institute at UP

As a first step towards the development of a Sports, Exercise, Medicine and Lifestyle Research Institute at the University of Pretoria (UP), the Faculty of Health Sciences has appointed Prof Martin Schwellnus as head of the new Institute.

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Research innovation at UP acknowledged in competitions

In the recent Accelerator Programme Innovation Competition, UP academics Dr Candice van Wyk, Dr Francien Botha and Prof Kobus Eloff were awarded top honours and received the sum of R300 000 for their innovative product called Candida-free Natural. They also came second in the GAP Biosciences category.

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'Tell and be heard'

A Centre staff project at the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at UP has led to the development of multilingual communication boards specifically aimed at helping individuals with complex communication needs to disclose victimization.

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Research on the influence of temperature on the vectors of African horse sickness conducted at UP

Research done at the University of Pretoria has found that the abundant occurrence of two species of midges that cause AHS could be due to their ability to withstand cold temperatures.

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PAIN MANAGEMENT OF CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY IN SCHOOL SETTINGS

Dr Margareta Adolfsson from the CHILD project at Jönköping University in Sweden visited the Centre for AAC on Monday, 17 November. Margareta, Ensa Johnson (CAAC), together with Dr. Stefan Nilsson (CHILD; Göthenburg University, Sweden) are doing research on how pain in children with cerebral palsy is managed and communicated in school settings.

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Energetics gives new insight into the decline of cheetahs

An acclaimed international study looking into new reasons behind the dwindling numbers of cheetah in southern Africa had its inception at the University of Pretoria.

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Giving the defenceless a voice in court

Crimes committed against people with disabilities remains largely unaddressed. Three large-scale studies currently under way at UP aims to change this.

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UP researcher finds ways to improve the well-being of wildlife

Dr Leith Meyer, Veterinary Sciences Pharmacology researcher at the University of Pretoria, is committed to finding solutions to improve the well-being of wild animals.

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Research published on challenges in South Africa’s rural education

An article about research partnerships in the South African rural education community, co-authored by four staff members in the Faculty of Education of at UP, will appear in the January 2015 edition of the acclaimed journal, Teaching and Teacher Education.

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Department of Informatics focusing on Mobile Empowerment

The Department of Informatics secured a partnership in MOSAIC2B – an EU FP7 Fire Project – in 2014.

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Sound scientific research to inform asset management decisions

The recently established Chair in Maintenance Engineering in the Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM) in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at UP, has received strong funding support from Weir Minerals Africa.

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UP’s Exceptional Young Researcher of 2014 delivers findings to an international audience

Prof Darryn Knobel is providing great insight into the control and foreseeable elimination of rabies.

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The power of ‘like’ – social networks analysis

International researcher Prof Holger Lütters, a professor from the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft in Berlin, Germany, presented an insightful guest lecture to the Marketing Management honours class on ‘The power of “like” – social networks analysis’.

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Breast cancer is not a death sentence

In South Africa, one in 29 women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

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