Prof Tiaan de Jager, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, was inaugurated as a new member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at its recent annual awards ceremony.
The DST/NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Sustainable Malaria Control at the University of Pretoria has just been approved for another five-year cycle. It has also been upgraded from the Tier 2 level to Tier 1.
The UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control is assisting in the design and testing of an innovative solar-powered trap to monitor mosquito populations, especially in areas where malaria and arboviruses require vector control.
Researchers from the Institute of Applied Materials and the UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control recently discovered a special blend of two repellents with improved mosquito repellent efficacy and persistence.
Dr Bianca Brider is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria. In 2014, her research on malaria drug discovery earned her a PhD in Biochemistry. She has been studying and working on the malaria parasite for over eight years.
An international collaborative effort, including researchers from UP, the University of Cape Town and partners, has resulted in the identification of a new chemical compound that can potentially eliminate malaria.
Each year, news reports of malaria cases and deaths in Gauteng result in panic. The UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control is working towards malaria control and eventual elimination, focusing on innovations for prevention.
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