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UP part of African initiative to solve an African problem – malaria
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 04 Aug 2014

The African Consortium for Malaria Vaccine Research was established at a symposium on Malaria Vaccine Studies in Africa in Accra, Ghana on 25 July. The University of Pretoria (UP) is one of the founding members of the consortium and will start working on funding proposals with the other consortium members.

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UP research tackles ticks
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 04 Aug 2014

One hostile little creature is causing devastation to cattle farmers in all the major livestock-production provinces of South Africa. Dr Christine Maritz-Olivier of the Department of Genetics at the University of Pretoria (UP) is leading a group of postgraduate students who are achieving success with finding a solution to alleviate and hopefully eradicate the current problem of cattle ticks. Their work includes an advisory service offered to farmers on the selection of dipping agents to which resistance has not yet been established on their farms, as well as on vaccine development against the parasite. This combination has proved to be a powerful force in combating this parasite. This service not only benefits the farmer, but also enriches the group’s research data.

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UP is pioneer in ground-breaking conservation research
Myan Subrayan
Posted on 04 Aug 2014

The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Department of Library Services, in cooperation with South African National Parks (SANParks), held an insightful workshop in the Merensky 2 Library on 30 July 2014. The purpose was to present some of the valuable research being conducted at UP to assist with rhino and elephant conservation.

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UP vets receive Rhino Conservation Awards for their research
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 04 Aug 2014

On World Game Ranger Day, 31 July, the Game Ranger Association of Africa (GRAA) held its annual Rhino Conservation Awards Ceremony to acknowledge the committed efforts of individuals and organisations involved in the protection of our endangered species. Those honoured during the ceremony included Drs Gerhard Steenkamp and Johan Marais, two outstanding veterinarians from the University of Pretoria.

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GIBS and Primedia Unlimited Mall Division uncover shopping mall gold
GIBS News
Posted on 01 Aug 2014

The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and Primedia Unlimited’s Mall Division have joined forces to conduct a shopping mall survey to ascertain shopper behaviour and how it is impacted by advertising.

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IFNuW leads a national accreditation initiative and opens career paths for students
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 01 Aug 2014

The Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW) of the University of Pretoria (UP) is the driving force behind an important initiative aimed at ensuring the adequacy of food, not only in quantity but also in quality, that is available to the South African public.

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Commonwealth scholar at UP focuses on relationship between artwork and onlooker
Renee Conradie
Posted on 30 Jul 2014

Johan Thom, a prolific artist who has received numerous awards and is currently a lecturer in the University of Pretoria's Department of Fine Arts, will soon receive his PhD from the University College of London (UCL) through the Slade School of Art. Thom was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship by the Canon Collins Trust in 2008 and returned to South Africa last year, when he joined the staff at his alma mater as the coordinator for postgraduate students.

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Centre for Human Rights launches gender audit tool
Centre for Human Rights
Posted on 30 Jul 2014

The Centre for Human Rights recently launched a gender audit tool to investigate gender equality/inequality at higher education institutions in Africa. The tool, developed with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is designed to introspectively investigate the state of gender (in) equality at higher education institutions across Africa with a view to fostering greater gender parity.

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Lecturer in Science Education honoured by Mail & Guardian
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 30 Jul 2014

Ms Kgadi Mathabathe from the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education was named one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, in the category of Education.

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UP now has a satellite health research facility in Thohoyandou, Limpopo!
Faculty/Fakulteit
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.

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