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Taking the battle against disease into the family home
Department
Posted on 25 Aug 2014

The fight for the health and wellbeing of South Africans should be taken into the homes of the neediest individuals and families, believes Professor Jannie Hugo, Head of the Department of Family Medicine at UP.

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Ethical Research Workshop
Myan Subrayan
Posted on 25 Aug 2014

On 18 August 2014, Professor Stephanie Burton, Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education at UP, hosted a seminar focusing on ethically responsible research. The theme of the seminar was ‘Human research participants and the ethically responsible advancement of science’. A paper was presented at the event by Dr Felice J Levine, Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association.

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Two UP staff members elected to SABCP board
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 25 Aug 2014

Two staff members from UP’s Department of Pharmacology have been elected to the board of the South African Society for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (SASBCP). Prof Vanessa Steenkamp, who currently oversees the Phytomedicine unit in the department, was elected as Vice-President of the society and Dr André Marais, a senior lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology, was elected as treasurer.

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Is SA business ready for the 21st century?
Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti
Posted on 22 Aug 2014

Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti, the director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria, commented on the Corporate Governance Index 2014 recently released by the Centre in partnership with the Institute of Internal Auditors of South Africa, saying that it provides a worrying snapshot of the state of business performance in our country. The Index finds that the leadership skills, accountability and overall conduct of public and private corporations have worsened over the past year.

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‘SA is prepared for the Ebola virus,’ says UP alumna and aviation expert
DUR
Posted on 22 Aug 2014

According to Dr Lesego Bogatsu, Senior Manager of the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s Medical Department and a University of Pretoria alumna, the country is ready to deal with the Ebola virus if any cases are reported.

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UP food scientist receives international award for leadership in his field
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 21 Aug 2014

Dr Patrick Njage of the Department of Food Science at UP and postdoctoral fellow of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW), was a recipient of the International Union of Food Science and Technology's (IUFoST) Young Scientist Award for 2014. Alongside seven other outstanding young food scientists from across the world, Njage received the award at the IUFoST’s 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (World Food Congress), held in Montreal, Canada from 17 to 21 August.

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Celebrating 15 years of music therapy training at UP
Andeline dos Santos & Carol Lotter
Posted on 21 Aug 2014

On Saturday 16 August the Music Therapy Unit of the Department of Music hosted a vibrant celebration to showcase the work of current students, past graduates and staff members. This event was held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Music Therapy training at the University of Pretoria. The UP MMus (Music Therapy) training programme is the only master’s training programme of its kind on the African continent.

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UP PhD student receives prestigious award for best research in basic pharmacology
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 21 Aug 2014

Mr Werner Cordier, who is currently doing a PhD under the supervision of Prof Vanessa Steenkamp from the Department of Pharmacology at UP, was awarded the prestigious IPASA (Innovative Pharmaceutical Association of South Africa) award for best research in basic pharmacology for his research titled ‘An in vitro mechanistic evaluation of the hepatotoxic properties of Solanum aculeastrum’.

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UP wins first prize for best exhibition at Sasol Techno X
Rudi Horak
Posted on 21 Aug 2014

The University of Pretoria (UP) took first prize for the best exhibition in the University category at the annual Sasol Techno X career expo at the Sasol ChemCity Eco Industrial Park in Sasolburg in August. This year’s theme was ‘Today’s minds, tomorrow’s future’.

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Huge teaching development grant for UP
Renee Conradie
Posted on 19 Aug 2014

The Department of Higher Education and Training has granted funding of R8 million for the development of higher education based on a project plan put forward by the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town. The University of Pretoria (UP) will be coordinating this development that will focus on the establishment of a collaborative open educational resource term bank (OERTB) for higher education.

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