Doctoral Study Finds High Fat Diet Can Have Severe Consequences
Prolonged consumption of diets rich in high fat can have severe metabolic and reproductive health consequences for consumers and their ‘diet unexposed’ children. This was the finding of Nigerian-born Dr Adeyemi Esther who was awarded a PhD in Health Sciences (Physiology) from UKZN. Her study investigated the impact of... Read more
Funding to help SU cut industry costs of research proteins
Recently awarded funding from the University Technology Fund (UTF) and INNOVUS (University Industry Interaction and Innovation Company of Stellenbosch University) could help Stellenbosch University (SU) researchers to develop affordable recombinant proteins for academic and industrial research into providing possible solutions for pressing global health issues. In order to do... Read more
Top Scientists Unite to Launch Pan-African Disease Foundation
A consortium of African universities and research institutions led by the Walter Sisulu University from South Africa, today announced the founding of the Sisulu Foundation for African and Pandemic Disease Response (“The Sisulu Foundation”). The Foundation will establish a collaborative Pan-African platform for training, research and development in pandemics.... Read more
ARU extends mountain research across Africa
The Afromontane Research Unit (ARU) of the University of the Free State, based in Phuthaditjhaba South Africa, is partnering with several institutions of higher learning, relevant forums, foundations, and policy makers in Africa in an attempt to expand its alpine research. The research unit is joining forces with the... Read more
In May 2013 marine biologists were stunned by the news of the first ever sighting of a grey whale south of the equator, just off the coast of Namibia in Walvis Bay. Could this whale reflect a remnant of an Atlantic population long thought to be extinct – the... Read more
Rare honours and international recognition for UCT research managers
UCT staff members Natalie Le Roux (senior research manager in the Research Office) and Sidney Engelbrecht (manager: Research Ethics and Compliance in the Faculty of Health Sciences) both obtained Research Management Professional (RMP) status. The two received this honour during the first opportunity afforded to Africa’s research managers to receive this... Read more
UKZN begins research project with The Ocean Cleanup to tackle Umgeni River plastic pollution
The University of KwaZulu-Natal has teamed with The Ocean Cleanup – a Dutch non-profit developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic – to investigate the mechanisms of plastic pollution in the Umgeni River and its transportation through all seasons. ‘This is a project about mapping, trapping, collecting,... Read more
Eye tracker in UFS sensory laboratory provides world-class service to food industry
Some role players in the food industry believe the Sensory Laboratory at the University of the Free State (UFS) to be world-class. This is feedback received from companies that have recently visited and have first-hand experience of the services offered by the laboratory, situated in the Department of Sustainable... Read more
“Blesser-Blessee” Relationships Explored in Master’s Research
Understanding ‘blesser-blessee’ relationships through the perspectives and experiences of students was the subject of a study by Ms Nomazulu Singata who graduated with a Master of Arts degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). ‘Blesser-blessee’ relationships is a social phenomenon which sees wealthy men and poorer women linked for material gain. Singata... Read more
African Elephant Management in Research Spotlight
Having done her masters at UKZN – supervised by Professor Rob Slotow – on the costs and consequences of immunocontraception implementation in elephants, it was only natural that Dr Audrey Delsink continued with doctoral research at the same institution and with the same supervisor.  Now she has a PhD... Read more

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