GBV and Hypertension: A tragic link for SA’s young women

Research conducted by Nicole De Wet-Billings, Associate Professor in Demography and Population Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, and Motlatso Godongwana, Doctoral candidate in Demography and Population Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Perinatal HIV Research Unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, suggests that . . .

The Impact of the COVID-19 Lockdown on HIV Care

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on HIV outcomes in low- and middle-income countries are not well understood. As a result, it is difficult for policy-makers to implement and adjust interventions accordingly.

New Research Bodes Well for Radionuclide Treatment of Tumours

Auger electrons (AE) are low energy electrons emitted by radionuclides that decay by electron capture. The energy is deposited over a fraction of a distance (nano- to micrometre range) in a high energy linear transfer (LET), making them ideal in the treatment of certain cancers and other diseases due to their limited damage to normal, non-diseased tissue.

Space Travel and the Human Immune System                                                               

At the moment, space radiation is a potential showstopper for future manned space missions, since an astronaut on a mission to Mars would receive radiation doses up to 700 times higher than on Earth. A new study investigates the effects of space radiation on the human immune system.

Exploring the Intractability of Youth Unemployment in SA

Despite efforts by Government and other stakeholders, the youth (15 to 34 years) unemployment rate in South Africa remains high. This issue has a longstanding history. The 1996 National Census (carried out just after South Africa transitioned into a democracy) pegged the rate at 53.2%.

Vaccine Hesitancy in South Africa and the Fight Against COVID-19

The world is already contending with problems such as supply-related challenges and vaccine nationalism (where wealthier nations horde vaccine supplies to the detriment of poorer countries). Vaccine hesitancy simply makes an already difficult pandemic even harder to manage.

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Multimedia Gallery

Low-chilled apples

The webinar was hosted during the NSW 2021.

Presented by: Dr Zelda Bijzet

FameLab South Africa Final 2021

Watch the ten FameLab South Africa finalists’ talks and celebrate with us the announcement of the FameLab South Africa 2021 winner

Conservation and commercialization of Honeybush tea

The webinar was hosted during the NSW 2021.

Presented by: Dr Cecilia Bester

Upcoming Events

Natural Sciences Educators Workshop

1 – 3 February 2022

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (NRF-SAASTA), a business unit of National ResearchFoundation (NRF) in collaboration with South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) hereby wishes to invite the grade 4-7 educators to participate in a three 3 day online workshop on the subjectof  Natural Sciences. The focus area of the workshop will be various topics that form part of the theme Life and Living. The workshop will constitute of three sessions covering two topics each day.

Africa Women in Data Science

8 – 10 March 2022 

The Africa Women in Data Science event will be held to coincide with International Women’s Day 2022. This will also mark the 1 year anniversary of the publication of SARAO’s Women in Data Science report.

This free online event aims to build a thriving African community of female data scientists and promote skills development for women who are interested in a career in data science.

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