The Faculty of Health Sciences is recognized nationally and internationally as an outstanding institution in terms of its education of health professionals, its research and its clinical service. Furthermore, it is an institution with a tradition of excellence and a proud history. A great health sciences institution, however, never rests comfortably on its past successes. A great health sciences institution does more than make history – it makes the future. The Faculty management is deeply committed and this has been translated into an action agenda which recognises the need for constant innovation and is dedicated to meet the health sciences challenges: those not yet conquered and those not yet known.
Students learn to make a life, make a living and make a difference. Graduates become community leaders that are distinct in their ability to think, communicate and contribute.
Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences has a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches.
Dr Candice van Wyk came second in the 4th annual SAB FOUNDATION SOCIAL INNOVATION AWARDS 2014 ceremony that was held at the South African Breweries head office in Sandton on the 30th of October 2014. This annual award, now in its fourth year, recognises and rewards innovators, enterprises, and organisations that address developmental issues in creative and sustainable ways. The SAB Foundation Innovation Awards is open to any innovation solution that offers a credible prospect of meeting a demonstrable social and/or economic need evidenced by the SABF’s target low-income beneficiary groups (women, the youth, persons with disabilities and persons in rural areas).
The 54th International Congress of the Federation of South African Societies of Pathology, which was proudly co-hosted by the University of Pretoria’s Department of Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, recently took place at the purpose-built CSIR International Convention Centre. The organising committee was mindful of the prestige of the conference and put together a superb programme for this forum and gathering of pathologists and scientists in laboratory medicine from both the public and the private sector.
Professor Anders Kallner, from the Karolinska institute, Stockholm, Sweden, ran a very successful statistics workshop at the Faculty of Health Sciences on 22-23 September 2014. The workshop was attended by registrars from all over the country, including as far afield as Cape Town and Durban and from all the institutions.
In South Africa, approximately 80 to 100 people die each year as a result of lightning strikes, and approximately seven times as many people are struck and survive. Dr Ryan Blumenthal, a senior specialist in the Department of Forensic Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has spent over ten years researching the effects of lightning on the human and the animal body and is very knowledgeable on the risks associated with this capricious and unpredictable natural phenomenon.
This year’s eagerly anticipated Faculty of Health Sciences’ Research Day at the University of Pretoria (UP) was an eclectic mix of research, education and innovation. The event afforded researchers, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students from UP the opportunity to present their research findings to the Faculty. Participants presented their endeavours in the form of oral and/or poster presentations.