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Faculty promotes Family Medicine in Africa
The advancement of Family Medicine in Africa was the theme of a visit by a group of high-level delegates from Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) to Makerere University in Uganda and Kenyatta University in Kenya in February this year.
Campus takes a stand against rape Staff and students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences wore black on Friday 15 February to show their support for Black Friday a campaign to raise awareness about rape and violence against women and children. The campaign was launched after several violent rapes and murders took place in the Western Cape recently. "It is encouraging that so many staff members and students at the faculty show their support for this campaign against rape and violence against women and children," said Ronel Bester, Strategic Relations Manager at the faculty. "It is important that all South Africans make themselves heard in whatever way possible. As a faculty we strive to create an environment that is welcoming and where there is room for people to air their views," Bester said. "It is a small gesture to wear black, but it shows we care, and I hope it has a ripple effect," said Cheryl Faro, a fourth year MB,ChB student. Lindsay-Michelle Meyer, a project coordinator at Ukwanda Rural Health said that this is a very important issue for her as she has a young daughter herself. "I never want something like what happened to that girl in Bredasdorp to happen to my daughter." Erina van Wyk from Academic Administration said she is very unhappy about the high incidence of rape in the country and feels that rapists should receive harsher sentences. "The government should take stronger action against rapists," said Nelda Rousseau from ConsultUS. "I heard on a radio programme that the maximum punishment for rape in the country is 15 years imprisonment, but no rapist has ever received it. Victims of rape have to live with the trauma for the rest of their lives." Another fourth year MB,ChB student, Che Le Roux, said as a medical student she often sees victims of rape. "It is devastating, and it is wrong. We hope this campaign doesn't just raise awareness about rape, but also gives support to women who are affected by it." Bester expressed her appreciation towards those at the faculty who care for rape victims. "Many of our staff and students often have to deal with victims of violence and abuse, and we have great admiration for the empathy and dignity with which they support their patients," Bester said.
Parliament congratulates Ukwanda Rural Clinical School Stellenbosch University has been congratulated by the National Assembly on the first successes of its Ukwanda Rural Clinical School, an initiative to train doctors and other health professionals in rural settings and also recruit more students from rural areas. In a congratulatory letter which arrived during the holiday period, MrM Xaso, Acting Secretary to the National Assembly, informed Prof Hoffie Conradie, Director of the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, that the Assembly acknowledged that the philosophy of the school was, among other things, to recruit students from rural areas, to encourage future retention and to catalyse research in a rural context. Read more...
Students win prizes at oath taking ceremony An occasion that might be even more important than the graduation ceremony. This is how the oath taking ceremonies at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences were described on Monday, 10 Desember. Prof Jimmy Volmink, Dean of the Faculty, reminded graduates that they have made a public commitment to practice their craft in a way that will honour their vocation and their institution. Read more...
These Dietetics students are part of a group of 32, the biggest Dietetics group to graduate at Stellenbosch University. Photo: Pia Nänny
Princess Stephanie with nurse Lindiwe Melane, who runs the mobile TB and HIV counselling and testing centre in Nyanga. (Photo: Kim Cloete)
International recognition for top researcher
An internationally acclaimed expert in psychiatric disorders and head of the Department of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Stellenbosch University (SU) was recently awarded the Humboldt Research Award in Memory of Neville Alexander, an award to the value of 60 000 Euros. Read more...
2nd Novartis Clinical Science Workshop held at Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
The 2nd annual Clinical Science Workshop, sponsored by Novartis, was recently held at the Stellenbosch Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The workshop is an annual event that brings together postgraduate students, practicing clinicians and academic staff who are interested in the application of epidemiology, biostatistics, modelling and simulation in clinical research. Read more...
Urology staff members excel at the SAUA Congress
Four of the six prizes for excellence awarded at the congress of the South African Urological Association (SAUA) which took place from 15 to 18 November at Sun City were received by doctors from the Division of Urology, Stellenbosch University. Read more...
Desmond Tutu TB Centre wins major international award
The Desmond Tutu TB Centre at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University (SU) has won the 2012 Stop TB Partnership Kochon Prize for its ground-breaking research on childhood TB. The Centre was also honoured for pioneering community-based approaches to TB and HIV care. Read more... Photo: Prof Anneke Hesseling (right) from the DTTC receives the award. (Photo: Kim Cloete)
YouTube video: Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks about the epidemic of childhood TB and the award of the Stop TB Partnership Kochon Prize to the Desmond Tutu TB Centre. He is the patron of the centre. Click here...
South2South receives USAID grant
The South to South Programme for Comprehensive Family HIV Care & Treatment (South2South), based in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, has been awarded a $15 million grant by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in South Africa. The 5 year grant will fund the training and mentoring programme developed by South2South, focussing on paediatric and adolescent HIV, PMTCT, and psychosocial support. Read more...
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences trains more doctors for rural areas
The opening of the ultramodern building which houses Stellenbosch University’s Ukwanda Rural Clinical School (RCS) on the Worcester campus represents a significant milestone in rural health professional education in South Africa. “This site – the first of its kind in South Africa - will enable Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to train more health practitioners to help address the critical shortage of doctors and other health professionals in the country, especially in rural areas,” says Prof Jimmy Volmink, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
In 2011 the first eight medical doctors graduated from Stellenbosch University after completing their entire final year of clinical training at the Ukwanda Rural Clinical School. Currently a total of 22 final year medical students are busy with their clinical training on the rural clinical platform, but it is envisaged that the new facility will eventually be able to accommodate up to 30 final year students every year. In addition up to 600 students spend short clinical rotations in rural areas annually.
» Read more on the opening of the Ukwanda RSC facility » Click here for a video on Ukwanda RCS.
Photo: Prof Russel Botman, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University, Prof Jimmy Volmink, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ms Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape and Councillor Basil Kivedo, Executive Mayor of the Breedevallei Municipality, celebrating the opening of the Ukwanda RCS.
SU honours top students Stellenbosch University gave recognition to its top students at the annual Rector’s Awards for Excellent Achievement...
Faculty 2012 Sports Man / Woman of the Year announced
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences recently announced their 2012 Sports Man/Woman of the Year at the annual sports dinner at Tygerberg campus.
Sarah Cawood, a second year Physiotherapy student, was awarded 2012 Sports Woman of the Year. She received Protea colours for Polocrosse earlier this year. Other achievements include her leading as a 19-year old and captain the U/25 South African Invitational Team that participated in the U/25 Quadrangular. She is also part of the World Cup Polocrosse Squad due to play in the 2015 World Cup for Polocrosse.
The 2012 Sports Man of the Year was awarded for a consecutive year to Ray Meas, a third year MB,ChB student. Meas recently finished 6th in the finals of the Portugal Aerobics World Cup. He also participated in the World Championship in Bulgaria and received Protea colours.
The guest speaker at the event was Heerden Herman, a Matie swimmer that represented South Africa at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Photo: Ray Meas (left), Danie Roux (Sport organiser) and Sarah Cawood.
South2South awarded contract to develop national breastfeeding training material
The South to South Program for Comprehensive Family HIV Care and Treatment situated in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Stellenbosch University’'s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has been awarded the contract to develop national breastfeeding training material by the National Department of Health. Read more...
Faculty and Medi-Clinic renew partnership
The Faculty's longstanding partnership with Medi-Clinic was recently renewed when Prof Volmink and the CEO of Medi-Clinic, Mr Koert Pretorius, signed an agreement to set a 4th funding cycle in motion.
The agreement comprises two-year funding cycles, with Medi-Clinic committing R1m per year to use at the Faculty's discretion.
Over the years this funding has supported various Faculty entities and projects, amongst others the Unit for Infection Prevention and Control; Microbiology; Pharmacology; Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Haematology; Physiotherapy; Ukwanda; Paediatric Surgery and Neurosurgery.
In addition, Medi-Clinic also supports the work of Prof Anton van Niekerk of the Centre for Applied Ethics and sport activities of the Tyerberg Student Council.
Kumar and Clark visited the Faculty
Prof Parveen Kumar and Dr Michael Clark, the writers of the text book, Clinical Medicine, recently visited the Faculty and gave talks to lecturers, second, fourth and fifth year medical students. Clinical Medicine is used worldwide for undergraduate medical students. Photo: Prof Parveen Kumar (left), Dr Michael Clark and Prof Juanita Bezuidenhout (Centre for Health Professions Education). Visit www.sun.ac.za/chpe to download the podcasts of their talks.
Hippokrates Men and Ladies win National 'Sêr' Competition Stellenbosch University walked away with nearly all the prizes at the National 'Kleinsêr' Competition that was held in Bloemfontein this past weekend. Read more...
Hippokrates Men and Ladies win 2012 Kleinsêr competition Hippokrates residence on Tygerberg Campus had reason to celebrate on Saturday night when both the men and the ladies serenade groups won Stellenbosch University's 2012 Kleinsêr Competition. Read more...
Prof Gey van Pittius new deputy dean at Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has recently announced the appointment of Prof Nico Gey van Pittius as Deputy Dean: Research at the Faculty effective from 1 September 2012. The appointment is for a period of five years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further term. Prof Gey van Pittius joined the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) in 1998 as a researcher in the then division of Medical Biochemistry. He obtained his PhD degree in 2002 and stayed on at the faculty as a post-doctoral fellow. Read more...
Joint efforts needed to combat HIV/Aids Researchers and people working in community-based organisations must join forces to stop the spread of HIV/Aids. This was the gist of contributions at an HIV/Aids symposium hosted by Stellenbosch University (SU) at the Wallenberg Research Centre on the Stellenbosch campus on Friday, 17 August. The symposium, which formed part of SU’s bi-annual Science-meets-Society series, was organised by the Divisions for Research Development and Community Interaction at the University. Prof Jean Nachega of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at SU said a key element in the fight against HIV/Aids is adherence to antiretroviral medicine. Read more...
The Faculty's 56th Annual Academic Day was held on 15 and 16 August on Tygerberg Campus. Almost 300 abstracts on medical research were presented. This year, the guest speaker was Prof Salim Abdool Karim, the President of the South African Medical Research Council. Photo: Profs Jimmy Volmink (Dean), Salim Abdool Karim and Dr Bonga Chiliza (Chairperson of the Annual Academic Day committee)
Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Faculty and Netcare
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was recently signed between the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and Netcare Private Hospial Group (Netcare). The MOU signifies a shared vision to prepare for a future National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme in South Africa by addressing issues that are to the benefit of both Netcare and the Faculty. Future co-operation includes creating the framework for a Public Private Partnership between the Faculty and Netcare as well as to prepare for the training of professionals as part of the human resources plan of the NHI scheme. According to Prof Dion Du Plessis, Corporate Medical Director of Netcare, the goal of the MOU is to amongst others develop resources for South Africa and the coming NHI. "Netcare supports this project wholeheartedly and give its full cooperation." Photo: Profs Dion Du Plessis (left) and Jimmy Volmink (Dean of the Faculty) signs the MOU.
Inaugural speech: Prof Lee Wallis
Prof Lee Wallis, from the Division Emergency Medicine, recently delivered his inaugural speech entitled, "Healthcare in Africa: State of Emergency", at Tygerberg campus. Photo (from left to right): Proff Doug Rawlings (Stellenbosch Acting Vice-rector: Research), Lee Wallis and Jimmy Volmink (Dean Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences). Read more...
New TB Drug brings hope in fight against TB
Results of a clinical trial of a new combination of drugs to treat tuberculosis offer new hope to TB patients. Research, published in the Lancet and announced by the TB Alliance at the International Aids Conference in Washington DC, found that the new drug killed 99% of TB bacteria within two weeks and could be more effective than existing treatments. The principal investigator, Prof Andreas Diacon from Stellenbosch University Department of Biomedical Sciences said, “The results of this study give healthcare providers on the front lines of the TB epidemic hope for better, faster tools needed to stop this disease.” Read more...
Anti-retroviral drugs reduce tuberculosis infection in people with HIV HIV positive people in low and middle income countries who are taking anti-HIV drugs (antiretroviral therapy) are significantly less likely to develop tuberculosis compared to those who are not taking antiretroviral therapy. This is according to a study by a group of international researchers led by Dr Amitabh Suthar of the World Health Organisation, published in the open access journal PLoS Medicine. Read more...
Minister Motsoaledi visits KickTB at Aids Conference
Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi visited the KickTB exhibition at the International Aids Conference in Washington. This is the world's largest gathering on HIV and Aids and is expected to draw 25,000 people, including politicians, scientists, celebrities and activists. The Kick TB Campaign is a joined initiative by the National Department of Health and Stellenbosch University Desmond Tutu TB Centre. Photo: Dr Aaron Motsoaledi (left) with Kick TB National Project Manager, Mrs Wena Moelich. Read more...
Doctoral student wins prestigious prize
Marisa Klopper, doctoral student from the Department of Biomedical Sciences, is among 10 inspiring women scientists who have been named as winners of the 2012 L'Oréal-UNESCO Regional Fellowships For Women in Science (FWIS) in Sub-Saharan Africa. They have been awarded fellowships of US$20 000 to put towards their PhD research. Klopper's research describes the epidemiology of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in the Eastern Cape, and aims to investigate the molecular characteristics (genetics and proteins) of drug-resistant TB bacilli. Read more…
Mandela Day Celebration: Rector visits Tygerberg Children's Hospital
Prof Russel Botman, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, lend a hand at the Neonate and Kangaroo-mothercare Step-down Facility at the Tygerberg Children's Hospital from 08:00 -09:30 on July 18. Annually, some 100 000 outpatients visit this acclaimed facility, with 16 000 infants and children being admitted. This is the only children's hospital in the country that caters for the needs of mothers and their babies. The rector handed out bottles of milk to mothers and their newborn babies. His wife, Beryl, and daughter, Roxanne, accompanied him and handed out baby clothes to the mothers. Photo: Prof Botman with his daughter, Roxanne, giving baby clothes to one of the mothers. Click here for a video.
Medical student wins international essay competition
Mr. Jonas Bovijn, fifth year MB,ChB student of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, has won a prestigious invitation to the New England Journal of Medicine's symposium to celebrate its 200th Anniversary. Read more...
Faculty hosted MEPI workshop
Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences recently hosted the MEPI (Medical Education Partnership Initiative). The workshop with the theme "Linking Medical Education and Health Systems Strengthening" differed from other MEPI initiatives in the sense that this workshop focused exclusively on medical education. As a recipient of one of the MEPI funding awards, the Stellenbosch University Rural Medical Education Partnership Initiative (SURMEPI) receives $2,000,000 annually over a period of five year. Attendees of the workshop included (from left to right) Prof Wynand van der Merwe (Stellenbosch Acting Vice-Rector: Teaching), Dr Nelson Sewankambo (Uganda), Dr Myat Htoo Razak (NIH), Ms Diana Frymus (USAID), Dr Rafi Morales (HIV/AIDS Bureau, HRSA), Prof Marietjie de Villiers (Medicine and Health Sciences Deputy Dean: Teaching) and Dr Francis Omaswa (MEPI Coordinating Centre).
Derdejaar mediese studente presteer by die Portugal Aerobiese Wêreldbeker
Ray Meas, 'n derdejaar mediese student, het onlangs 6de geeïndig in die eindstryd van die Portugal Aerobiese Wêreldbeker. Hy moes vir die kompetisie tussendeur sy voltydse studies voorberei. Die voorbereiding het dikwels vereis dat hy tydens sy studies vir 'n oefening na Southfield, waar die klub geleë is, deurry. Lees meer...
Name change for the faculty The faculty's name change has been approved by the University Council. The faculty is now known as the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Motivation for the change of name was, primarily, based on two considerations. Read more...
Inaugural speech: Prof Jonathan Carr
Prof Jonathan Carr, from the Division Neurology, recently delivered his inaugural speech entitled Parkinson's Disease in 2012: So near, and yet so far, at Tygerberg Campus. Photo (back left): Proff Nico Gey van Pittius (Director: Research) and Marietjie de Villiers (Deputy dean: Teaching); (front left) Proff Wynand van der Merwe (Stellenbosch University Acting Vice-Rector: Teaching); Jonathan Carr and Jimmy Volmink (Dean).
HOPE Project success: Rector thanks SU staff It is the hard work of staff - academic and support services - that led to the success of Stellenbosch University's HOPE Project. "And for that I must thank you," said Prof Russel Botman, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, on Wednesday (11 April) at a celebration event held for staff. Read more...
Prof Jimmy Volmink (dean), showed his support by putting his hand print on a banner with the HOPE logo. Also in the photo is ms Jo-Ann Bate, Tygerberg Student Council member for Community Interaction.
Faculty addresses equality, diversity and transformation
Stellenbosch University (SU) must be serious in its efforts to make its institutional culture more multilingual, more inclusive and more welcoming towards everybody, said Professor Russel Botman, Rector, at the launch of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) strategy for "Making Equality, Diversity and Transformation happen" on Thursday 22 March. Read more...
Enthusiastic support for Tygerberg rugby team
Prof Jimmy Volmink, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), was amongst staff and students who supported the Tygerberg rugby team in a friendly match against University of Cape Town's Faculty of Health Sciences (UCT FHS). Tygerberg triumphed with a score of 38-7. This was one of two games scheduled. The next game will take place at UCT on 1 June 2012 as part of their Faculty's 100 year celebrations. Photo (fltr): Ms Jo-Ann Bate (Tygerberg Student Council member); Mr Ivando Maki (UCT representative); Prof Jimmy Volmink and Ms Mariechen Puchert (Tygerberg Student Council Chairperson).
A-rating for Professor in Paediatrics Prof Simon Schaaf, a clinical researcher, was recently awarded for his excellence in research in the field of childhood TB and MDR TB when he received an A-rating from the National Research Foundation. Schaaf is from the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences. He is only the second researcher in the Faculty of Health Sciences to receive an A-rating. Read more...
The Arch gets on his bike for Childhood TB awareness
Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, supports 15 doctors and researchers, mainly from the Faculty of Health Sciences' Desmond Tutu TB Centre, who are cycling together in the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour to raise awareness of childhood TB. Read more...
Encouraging new research on the treatment of HIV-infected babies Working in co-operation with international funding organisations, Prof Mark Cotton of Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and other South African researchers have now shown that infants who are treated with ART straightaway for one or two years and then given a break from treatment, were more likely to live and to be in good health by their 5th birthday than babies who received the standard therapy. Read more...
Pharmacology students receive bursaries from Janssen South Africa
Nine students, who enrolled for the 2-year part time postgraduate diploma course in Pharmaceutical Medicine at Stellenbosch University (SU), received bursaries to the total value of R200 000 from Janssen South Africa. The bursaries were handed over during a function held on Friday, 17 February 2012. Read more...
Photo (fltr): Prof Bernd Rosenkranz, Mr Nkgoehle Solomon Mokonyne, (student), with Ms Yolisa Xuza (student) and Ms Abeda Williams (Medical Director: Janssen South Africa).
Relationships strengthened with UMC Utrecht
Delegates of the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMC), in the Netherlands, recently visited Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Health Sciences in order to renew and expand the current student exchange programme agreement.
The delegates took part in various strategic discussions with Faculty management and staff members from participating academic divisions and departments. Topics such as possible future collaboration in education and research, the structure and content of the medical curriculum and the quality of the clinical internships were addressed during these discussions. Read more...
Photo: Utrecht delegates with Faculty Management
First year students took part in a 'trollie' event at the Faculty of Health Sciences. On the photo is Meerhoff Res students preparing for the race against the other hostels.
First years arrived on campus!
The welcoming week of the faculty kicked off with a gathering for parents and students in the TSS sport hall. After proceedings, the first years took part in an 'Amazing Race'. They had to find 20 places on campus that will be regularly used during their training. These places included the Morphology museum, Clinical Skills Laboratory and library. Photos to be viewed on the Stellenbosch University Facebook page. Click here to view the YouTube video.
Ten medical doctors passed their degrees with distinction This year, the Faculty had ten medical doctors who passed their degrees with distinction - the most ever in the Faculty's history. Photo: Anton Jordaan, SCPS
First eight MB, ChB students who did their clinical rotations on a rural platform Among Tuesday's graduates were the first nine MB, ChB students who did their clinical rotations at SU's recently established Ukwanda Rural Clinical School in Worcester, thereby completing their sixth year successfully on a rural platform. Photo: Anton Jordaan, SCPS
MB, ChB Prize Winners These students were awarded for hard work and excellence. Photo: Anton Jordaan, SCPS
Oath Taking at Faculty of Health Sciences
Graduands of degree programmes B in Occupational Therapy, BSc in Dietetics, BSc in Physiotherapy and B in Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy pledged the Oath of Graduands at the annual ceremony of the FHS. This is an important part of the graduation process at Health Sciences. Prof Jimmy Volmink, the dean, explained that "Participation in this ceremony confirms that students have taken the Oath of Graduands personally and have entered their names into the Annals of the Faculty. Taking of the Oath of Graduands is undoubtedly one of the most important events in the life of a student at the Faculty of Health Sciences. We trust that this Oath will be the norm on which the whole of their professional career will be based."
On the photo are all the prize winners of the various degree programmes with the dean, Prof Jimmy Volmink, and the programme coordinator for Allied Health Sciences, Prof Usuf Chikte. Photo: Anton Jordaan, SCPS
Faculty of Health Sciences boasts two new Centres of Excellence
Prof Jimmy Volmink, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences is pictured here with all of the learners.
The Faculty of Health Sciences recently invited 70 selected learners to the Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg Campus to expose them to the faculty's facilities, support services and campus life from Wednesday 5 October to Friday 7 October 2011. These 70 learners included 55 learners who were selected to study the MB ChB programme in 2012, 7 learners for the B of Occupational Therapy programme, 6 for the BSc in Dietetics programme and 2 learners who were selected to study Physiotherapy at Stellenbosch University.
(Back row ltr): Dr Blanche Pretorius, Dr Prem Govender, Dr Beyene Ademe, Mrs Margaret Ellis, Mrs Adri Labuschagne, Mr Thabo Molebatsi (Middle row ltr): Adv Jamwell Maswanganyi, Dr Ronell Leech, Dr Geremew Tsegaye, Dr Tina Malan, Mrs Jane Nabbuto, Mrs Sabina Luputa (Front row ltr): Dr Andra le Roux-Kemp - ARESA Coordinator, Prof Keymanthri Moodley - Principal Investigator ARESA, Prof Stuart Rennie - Co-Principal Investigator ARESA.
The first intake of the ARESA trainees enrolled for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Ethics on 10 October. This is the first of three compulsory contact sessions planned for the 2011 - 2012 academic year. The postgraduate diploma is a new (soon to be DoE accredited) academic programme that forms part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded ARESA project. This project is a comprehensive collaborative project of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law (Stellenbosch University) and the Center of Bioethics (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill). One of the objectives of this project is to advance capacity development via research ethics training in Southern Africa. The ten selected ARESA trainees include representatives from South Africa, Zambia, Ethiopia and Uganda. There are also participants attending the module as a short course.
First research results
On the photo are fltr: Dr Jan Gossage, University of New Mexico, Prof Jimmy Volmink, Stellenbosch University, Prof Phil May, University of New Mexico, Prof Charles Parry, Medical Research Council, Prof Willie Pienaar, Stellenbosch University, Prof Cudore Snell, Howard University School of Social Work, Mr Robert McDonald, Ministry of Social Development, Western Cape, Prof Colleen Adnams, University of Cape Town, Prof Soraya Seedat, Stellenbosch University
The first research results of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention Study - that has been conducted over the past 4 years in the towns of Wellington, Bonnievale, Robertson, Ashton and Montagu - have been released recently to the stakeholders and media at an information day held at the Bellville Campus. This is a collaborative study involving the Universities of New Mexico, Stellenbosch and Cape Town and the Medical Research Council of South Africa.
First group of social workers who completed their training
Photo: (Back and centre) Social workers with (front row ltr) Ms Loren Human (Trainer), Prof Bob Mash (Head: Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care), Mr Dick Smith (Head: Substance abuse programme, Department of Social Development), Ms Nosisa Mayosi (Co-ordinator, Department of Social Development).
With the ongoing problem of alcohol and substance abuse in the Western Cape, the Department of Social Development has contracted with the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care to train their social workers in motivational interviewing to counsel clients. The first group of social workers completed their training and received their certificates on the 16th September 2011.
55th Annual Academic day 2011
On the photo from left to right: Prof Nico Gey van Pittius (Director: Research), Dr Therese Fish (Deputy dean: Community Service and Interaction), Prof Valerie Corfield, guest speaker who's topic was - The Science Communication Scene in South Africa: what's happening and who really cares? and Prof Jimmy Volmink (Dean).
The Faculty's 55th Annual Academic Day was held on the 17th and 18th August. For more information regarding the prize winners of the various categories please click on the link below.
On the photo from ltr: Ms Naqita Alexander (student), Prof Jimmy Volmink (Dean), Minister Theuns Botha (Minister of Health: Western Cape) and Mr Sheldon Marais (Chairperson: TSC). Mr Theuns Botha was invited by the Tygerberg Student Council to attend a function on 19 August. During the function Minister Botha emphasised the importance to final year students of their presence here in South Africa and especially in the rural areas. He also mentioned exciting projects regarding new hospitals and the upgrading of excisting facilities.
Photo: Tygersig Primary School teacher, Ms Anthea Geswindt and her Grade 5 Learners.
Mass clean-up campaign - 'TB Free Kids' Children from seven schools in Uitsig near Parow collected 1,800 bags of rubbish within two hours. The mass clean-up campain was organized jointly by the seven schools in the area and "TB Free Kids", an organization run by Desmond Tutu TB Centre. The learners in this area, which has very high levels of TB, participated enthusiastically in the clean-up campaign, arranged as part of Madiba Day celebrations.
Occupational Therapy's 50th Anniversary Occupational Therapy celebrated their 50th anniversary during 14 -16 July with a number of functions. Pictured on the photo (second from left) is Mrs Susan Beukes, head of the division Occupational Therapy together with 3 former heads of the division; (left) Mrs Betty Strydom; (2nd from right) Mrs Ann O'Shea, presently residing in England and (far right) Prof Ruth Watson.
Prestigious prize for Dalene de Swardt Ms Dalene de Swardt, from the division Medical Virology and who is currently completing a PhD in Medical Virology, is one of three PhD students from Stellenbosch University among 10 women who have been named as winners of the 2011 LOréal-UNESCO Regional Fellowships For Women in Science (FWIS) in Sub-Saharan Africa. They were awarded fellowships of US$20 000.
NOMA Master's Degree students start training in South Africa
Students enrolled for the NOMA Master's Degree Module in Nutrition, Human Rights and Governance received a special welcome from Prof Russel Botman, Rector of the Stellenbosch University, and staff members of the Division of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Health Sciences during a launch, held at the Faculty on 8 June 2011. Read more...
Conversations on disability must change, says visiting theologian Communities and churches must talk differently about disability, said Professor Thomas Reynolds of Emmanuel College, Toronto, Ontario, on Thursday (19 May). He was the keynote speaker on the second day of the Conference on Theology, Disability and Human dignity, jointly hosted by the Faculty of Theology and the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University (SU). Read more...
Health Sciences introduce new dean to stakeholders "We're gathered here tonight to celebrate - a celebration in honour of a new leader in our midst." These were the words of Prof Russel Botman, Rector of Stellenbosch University, during the toast he proposed on the new dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Prof Jimmy Volmink, at the Celebration dinner held at Wallenberg Centre, STIAS in Stellenbosch on 12 April 2011. Read more... Photo (fltr): Profs Russel Botman; Jimmy Volmink and Wynand van der Merwe (former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences)
FHS Dean socializes with students
Prof Jimmy Volmink, Dean of the Faculty, recently strengthened his relationship with Faculty students by socializing with them at informal get-togethers at their various hostels / private organisations. Prof Volmink thanked the students for showing commitment to their studies as well as the Faculty. Photo: Prof Jimmy Volmink (middle) with PSO Osler (private student organisation) house committee members. Click here for photos of the various get-togethers.
Show support for TB research
Dr Santiago Ramon, a postdoctoral and tuberculosis researcher, from the Department of Microbiology of the University of British Columbia, applied for research funding from the Grand Challenges Canada for a collaborative TB research project with Prof Andreas Diacon (Faculty of Health Sciences Division of Medical Physiology). Click here for a 2 minute, non-technical video describing the project. Funding applications are judged partially on how effectively the scientist can engage the public. The public engagement of this video will be measured by the number of people who click on the "Like" button on the right-hand side of the video, and this will impact the overall funding decisions.
The textbook Clinical Gynaecology, now in its fourth edition, was recently launched at a function at the Stellenbosch Faculty of Health Sciences. The book, published by Juta, was first published in English during 1993 with most of the authors from Stellenbosch University. With the current issue authors from all the medical schools in South Africa have contributed. It is accepted as the leading textbook in its subject area and has become well known throughout South Africa. Read more...
Clinical Genetics & Genetic Counselling opened
The offices of the Clinical Genetics and Genetic Counselling group were officially opened at a function held on 7 February. This adds a clinical and counselling component to the Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, and will allow for such services to be offered to patients with an increasing range of genetic disorders and birth defects. The offices are situated on the 3rd floor of the Fisan Building and clinical and other queries can be addressed to Dr Michael Urban (firstname.lastname@example.org). Photo (from left to right): Prof Paul van Helden (Head Division Molecular Biology and Human Genetics); Dr Michael Urban and Prof Greetje de Jong.
Archbishop Tutu 'Kicks TB' in Gugulethu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu attended a specially arranged 'Kick TB' activation at the Andile Primary School in Gugulethu on 25 January 2011. 650 learners each received a Kick TB soccer ball and internalised the TB messaging as never before! The tone was set when Archbishop Tutu, Prof Russel Botman (Rector of Stellenbosch University), Dr Alberta Mayberry (U.S. Consul General) and Mr David Mametja (National Department of Health) physically kicked soccer balls at a goal post, demonstrating how the TB symptoms must be 'kicked' out of Gugulethu. The Kick TB Campaign is a joined initiative by the National Department of Health and Stellenbosch University Desmond Tutu TB Centre. » Click here for the video clip