Developing a vaccine for COVID-19
As COVID-19 infection and morbidity rates increase around the globe, a number of companies and academic institutions have entered the race to develop a vaccine to protect us from the lethal virus. Creating a vaccine for COVID-19 is, however, a complex process and could take several months, if not... Read more
Migration Linked to Mortality Rate in study
A collaborative study, recently published in the prestigious journal Plos Medicine and conducted amongst scientists from UKZN/Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), the United States and the United Kingdom has linked migration to a high rate of mortality amongst HIV positive women, up to a year after giving birth. The findings of... Read more
Developing a code of ethics for research with disabled people
Various institutions and organisations have developed a range of codes of ethics over many years to protect the rights of those who participate in their research. In some areas, however, there is still a long way to go. An example is research that involves disabled people. “There is a... Read more
Best paper award for UCT TB vaccine research
The International Society for Vaccines (ISV) has selected a publication in which the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Mark Hatherill, Professor Robert Wilkinson, Professor Tom Scriba, Dr Michèle Tameris and Dr Friedrich Thienemann (Faculty of Health Sciences) played a key role, as the best paper of the year for 2019.... Read more
CSET researcher driven by innovation
Dr Alex Kuvarega of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) is grateful that Unisa recognises the efforts of its researchers. Kuvarega was honoured as an NRF C-Rated Researcher (C2) and as a member of the Half Million Rand Club at the 2020 Research & Innovation Awards. Kuvarega is honoured... Read more
Stellar research in macroeconomics
Coming from Hong Kong, China, where she witnessed how the stock market had experienced phenomenal growth in the city,  Dr Sin-Yu Ho from Unisa’s College of Economic and Management Sciences (CEMS) was inspired to conduct research on identifying factors leading to stock market development in Hong Kong and other emerging... Read more
“Little Foot” skull reveals how this human ancestor lived
Micro-CT scanning of “Little Foot” skull reveals new aspects of the life of this more than 3-million year-old-human ancestor. “The morphology of the first cervical vertebra, or atlas, reflects multiple aspects of an organism’s life,” says Beaudet, the lead author of the study. “In particular, the nearly complete atlas... Read more
HSRC to host Social Sciences Research Conference at Sol Plaatje University
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will, together with their strategic partners, host an international conference from 26th – 28th October 2020 at SPU in Kimberley, South Africa. The event will bring together researchers and stakeholders from across the globe to consider anew the... Read more
International conference for women empowers female researchers
The 4th International Conference for Women in Science without Borders held in Brazil has enthused female academics at the University of Limpopo (UL) to advance in their respective research niche areas. The three-day event, hosted at the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in Rio De Janeiro last month, aimed to... Read more
Cutting-edge research can improve Africa: Dr Ocaya
With the Fourth Industrial Revolution becoming a reality, Dr Richard Ocaya’s research is receptive to the fact that Africa and the world need to re-imagine their research. His research focuses on electronic instrumentation design for scientific measurements, computational physics on atomic nano-atomic structures, and semiconducting organic compounds materials built on silicon... Read more