Unlocking the genetic triggers for schizophrenia
Posted on 08 Oct 2014
‘Schizophrenia is a serious mental health disorder and has huge implications for sufferers and their families – some patients are unable to work or function in ordinary society. It is an umbrella term that may include different illnesses when we find the cause,’ says Prof Louw Roos of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria (UP). ‘We currently treat the symptoms, not the causes, and, depending on treatment compliance, sufferers may end up in care facilities for long periods of time.’
Faculty of Health Sciences Research Day
Posted on 19 Aug 2014
Our 2014 Faculty Research Day takes place on 19 and 20 August. The purpose of the Research Day is to give researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to present their research findings to the Faculty.
UP now has a satellite health research facility in Thohoyandou, Limpopo!
Posted on 29 Jul 2014
The Department of Urology and the School of Health Systems and Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP) have been performing human and environmental health research in the Vhembe district of the Limpopo province for the past twelve years. This National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded study is a collaborative effort between Prof Brenda Eskenazi, who is the Director of the Center for Children's Environmental Health Research at the University of California, Berkeley Campus, San Francisco, USA, and Prof Riana Bornman of the Department of Urology at UP.
Faculty of Health Sciences’ research in Limpopo paves the road for exciting collaborations on prostate cancer
Posted on 24 Jul 2014
The Department of Urology and School of Health Systems and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria (UP) have been instrumental in the health research being done in the Vhembe district in the Limpopo province for the past twelve years. The presence of UP in the Thohoyandou area has led to a collaborative partnership with a globally recognised access programme, PHAKAMISA, that aims to directly impact on the outcomes achieved with treating and caring for patients suffering from cancer and on the needs of those managing this dreaded disease. This will include support to health care providers as well as prostate cancer patients.
Journey to a world-class academic department
Posted on 17 Apr 2014
In the 70 years that The Department of Surgery at University of Pretoria has been in existence it has produced internationally sought after general medical doctors and generalist surgeons. The new focus of the department is to develop specialised specialist surgeons and academic clinician scientists while retaining its excellence in training general medical doctors and generalist surgeons.
Prof Tiaan de Jager gives an African perspective on environmental issues in Geneva
Posted on 15 Apr 2014
Prof Tiaan de Jager, Deputy Dean: Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control, is an expert on the effect of the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Africa. It was on account of this expertise that he was invited by the German Federal Government Environment Protection Agency and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to address them on the effect of pharmaceuticals on the environment in Africa.
Family Medicine Wins the “Excellent Teaching Team” Award
Faculty Marketing & Communication
Posted on 13 Feb 2014
The first ever award made to a team by the Council of Higher Education Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of South Africa “National Excellence in Teaching Award” project was won by Professor Jannie Hugo and his team. As head of the Department of Family Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences University of Pretoria (UP), Hugo and his team have created an innovative platform to serve the educational needs of undergraduate and postgraduate medical and clinical associate students in 21st century South Africa.
Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine receives NRF grant
Marketing: Faculty of Health Sciences
Posted on 22 Jan 2014
Stem cell research is progressing rapidly and several exciting new therapeutic opportunities are emerging. In the Faculty of Health Sciences, a research group in the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine, led by Professor Michael Pepper is working in the vanguard of this field and has been awarded funding for the purchase of a much-needed cell sorter.
Dr Kirstie Rendall-Mkosi awarded the inaugural Jakes Gerwel Award in Public Health
Posted on 17 Jan 2014
Dr Kirstie Rendall-Mkosi, a senior lecturer in the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, UP, is the proud recipient of the inaugural Jakes Gerwel Award in Public Health.
UP Prof appointed chairperson of Medical Research Council (MRC) Board
Posted on 19 Nov 2013
The Head of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Nuclear Medicine, Prof Mike Sathekge, has been appointed as chairperson of the MRC Board. Prof Sathekge has a wide range of academic research and professional roles, which have resulted in many national and international publications. The MRC chairperson is appointed by the national Minister of Health, and the MRC Board provides strategy for world-class collaborative research dedicated to finding cures for human disease, improving the health and well-being of South Africans.
UP Prof awarded prestigious MRC Flagship Award
Posted on 08 Nov 2013
Prof Michael Pepper, Director of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences, was awarded one of the prestigious University Flagship Project research grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC). The Flagship Project grants are the largest medical research grants of the MRC and aim to allocate funding to support clinical research in South Africa. The grant will provide about R16 million over a period of three years.
UP Appointed the First Professorial Chair in Philosophy and Psychiatry Outside Of Europe
Posted on 16 Nov 2009
Supported by the International Network of Philosophy and Psychiatry (INPP) and the World Psychiatric Association’s (WPA) Section for the Philosophy and History of Psychiatry, Professor Werdie van Staden has recenlty been appointed by the University of Pretoria as the First Professorial Chair in Philosophy & Psychiatry outside of Europe.