Unifying pathology and laboratory medicine in the era of P4 medicine

The 54th International Congress of the Federation of South African Societies of Pathology, which was proudly co-hosted by the University of Pretoria’s Department of Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, recently took place at the purpose-built CSIR International Convention Centre. The organising committee was mindful of the prestige of the conference and put together a superb programme for this forum and gathering of pathologists and scientists in laboratory medicine from both the public and the private sector.
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A peek into SA higher education's wallet

The university education system is set to grow from a head-count enrolment of 953 373 students in 2012 to approximately 1.1 million students in 2019, with the target of 1.6 million students in public universities to be reached by 2030 - with the help of an annual budget increase from R34.3 billion in 2013/14 to R36.9 billion for 2014/15 and R42 billion in 2016/17..
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It is not every day you get to build a heart

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Most SA study permits issued to African nationals

Stats SA reports that nine of the ten leading countries applying for study permits were from the Africa region. In its recent report on permits issued to foreigners to enter South Africa, Stats SA stated that the number of temporary residence permits (TRPs) approved decreased from 141 550 in 2012 to 101 910 in 2013, 15,1% or 15 378 of which were study permits..
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High-tech Medical Simulation Lab to support clinical education and training launched at UJ

Nursing, emergency care, biomedical and radiography education at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) will soon became a more interactive experience with a new Clinical Training Facility that stimulates real-time medical emergency situations..
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Nano-chip in a capsule identifies bacterial infections within minutes

A microbiologist and an electronic engineer from Stellenbosch University have developed a proof-of-concept nanowire biological sensor that can identify any of the major disease-causing bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Salmonella or Vibrio cholera within ten to fifteen minutes..
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DYNAMIC NEW ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT FOR WSU

The aesthetics of Walter Sisulu University’s (WSU) academic architecture are changing fast in rapid response to an ever-shifting scholastic design brought about by the University’s new divisional management system..
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Harnessing the power of the sun

Prof Ken Craig and his research group in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering are focusing on the sun and the energy it can provide us. Although the familiar domestic solar panels and solar geysers are becoming more widespread, these provide only local power or energy and are not suitable for large-scale power generation.
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Genetically engineered 'plantibodies' to halt Ebola

While little can be done to curb the current outbreak of Ebola in Africa, when the next outbreak happens, the world will be armed with cheap but powerful biologics made using plants, says UCT plant biotechnologist Professor Ed Rybicki..
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UP researcher finds ways to improve the well-being of wildlife

Although wild animals have been captured and chemically immobilised for years (by using a form of anaesthesia induced by drugs in a dart), very little is known about the short- and long-term consequences of capture and the effects of immobilising drugs on wild animals. Dr Leith Meyer, Veterinary Sciences Pharmacology researcher at the University of Pretoria, is committed to finding solutions to improve the well-being of wild animals.
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Low carbohydrate diets result in similar weight losses to recommended balanced diets

Low carbohydrate diets result in similar weight losses when compared to recommended balanced diets, according to researchers at Stellenbosch University..
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