UP ISMC students to showcase their malaria research at annual Malaria Research Conference
Posted on July 21, 2022
Despite being fully preventable and treatable, malaria remains a challenging and very complex disease to eliminate.
Remarkable in red – Four new PhDs leaving their mark on malaria drug discovery
Posted on May 31, 2022
The rapid emergence of malaria parasite resistance towards current antimalarial drugs
UP EXPERT OPINION: Malaria elimination can be attained through transdisciplinary and sustained programmes – UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control
Posted on April 25, 2022
The UP ISMC focuses on the human, parasite and vector aspects when addressing malaria control and elimination challenges, and is already making tangible contributions towards mitigating malaria through several approaches.
Never let your fears stand in the way of your dreams
Posted on April 25, 2022
NAS Featured scientist: Dr Dina Coertzen
Senior Postdoctoral fellow: Malaria Parasite Biology and Drug Discovery laboratory (M2PL), Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology
How collaboration and new drugs could beat malaria
Posted on December 06, 2021
The world is making progress in its fight against malaria, averting 1.5 billion cases of the disease and preventing 7.6 million deaths since 2000. This is largely thanks to a combination of several vector control tools.
UP arts student and malaria institute collaborate on a project to impart health-focused messages
Posted on November 29, 2021
“The impact of art on a scientific topic is creating new opportunities to make research more accessible.” – Prof Tiaan de Jager of the UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control.
Grassroots research gives a voice to the plight of men at risk of a silent killer: prostate cancer
Posted on November 29, 2021
The Southern African Prostate Cancer Study, of which UP’s Prof Riana Bornman is clinical leader, uses a ‘grassroots to cloud’ approach to track the cause of prostate cancer in Southern African black men.
A UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control perspective on potential game changers to move the SADC region from malaria control to elimination
Posted on November 06, 2021
Malaria elimination in the SADC region by 2030 is possible by incorporating various innovative strategies along with existing control measures, and community participation, say UP's Prof Tiaan de Jager and Dr Taneshka Kruger.
UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control secures major funding grant to build capacity in Africa
Posted on November 04, 2021
The University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control has been awarded a R13m Bill & Melinda Gates foundation grant to develop and deliver a leadership and management training course to drive malaria eradication.
Postgraduate #WomenofUP researchers unravelling the complexities of malaria
Posted on August 30, 2021
Globally, women researchers are making huge contributions towards the sustainable control and elimination of malaria. At the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC), researchers look at malaria from a holistic point of view encompassing all components of the...
NAS Women: Be grateful for your opportunities; not many get them
Posted on August 18, 2021
Women's Month: Focus on Ms Meta Leshabane
Combating malaria through artificial intelligence and machine learning
Posted on August 11, 2021
With the rapid emergence of resistance towards current antimalarial drugs, the progress made in eliminating malaria has come under threat. This highlights the need for new antimalarial drugs with novel modes of action. However, the process of antimalarial drug discovery is time consuming and...
C2MA- Climate Change Malaria Action UK and SA Workshop
Posted on May 24, 2021
The British Council funded Researcher Links Climate Challenge Workshops are aimed at harnessing the power of people globally, particularly early career researchers (ECRs), and those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change
We’re a step closer to figuring out why mosquitoes bite some people and not others
Posted on May 18, 2021
Mosquitoes find themselves in complex environments filled with many different cues or stimuli. Locating their preferred host involves a series of behavioural steps. This starts with the mosquito becoming aware of the host.
Malaria control needs longer lasting repellents. We’re a step closer to finding one
Posted on May 16, 2021
Numerous repellent-based products, such as creams, roll-ons and sprays, are available on the market for outdoor protection. Most of these have a very short period of protection – a few hours. People need to be protected from mosquito bites for longer.
UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control marks 10 years of fighting the disease – Q&A with Health Sciences Dean
Posted on May 12, 2021
The University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) turns 10 on 12 May 2021. Primarashni Gower spoke to the institute’s Director, Professor Tiaan de Jager, who is also Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.
‘Researchers must collaborate in a transdisciplinary manner to achieve malaria elimination’
Posted on April 29, 2021
For a decade, the ethos of the University of Pretoria (UP) Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) has been to transcend disciplines to allow for transdisciplinary collaborations and translational applications towards malaria elimination, as outlined in a paper published in Malaria...
Learn from failure and continue to grow
Posted on April 25, 2021
Featuring a scientist in Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS):
Prof Lyn-Marie Birkholtz (Professor in Biochemistry and Director of the DST/NRF South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Sustainable Malaria Control. She also leads the Parasite Cluster in the UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria...
UP researcher’s team discovers new compounds with the potential to eliminate malaria
Posted on January 11, 2021
The discovery involves the identification of unique compounds that are able to kill several stages of the malaria-causing parasite and can block the transmission of the parasite between humans and mosquitoes.
UP raises the bar with Integrated Sustainable Development Report
Posted on December 15, 2020
“Universities are an integral part of society and our success is dependent on a society and world that is thriving, where human dignity and justice are paramount, all people are able to reach their full potential with nobody being left behind, and our development does not happen at the...