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PSSA Conference 2017

The 2017 PSSA conference is scheduled to be a little different from previous years. We have extended this year’s program to incorporate UP’s annual Neuroscience Day. Both these conferences are characterized by their diversity of topics and multidisciplinary nature – aiming to showcase a spectrum of research related to both physiology and neuroscience. We looking forward to sharing in all of your expertise & knowledge, knowing we will leave this conference with an enriched vigour to take back with us. Read more about the PSSA Conference...

PSSA Strategic Council Meeting – May 2016

A strategic council meeting was held on the 16th May 2016 in Stellenbosch, with participation from all council members. This meeting was geared to discuss key aspects around strengthening, growing and positioning of the society in a changing and competitive educational/research landscape. The meeting centered on the strategic plan adopted three years ago and key aims were: a) to assess progress with implementation and b) determine whether additional initiatives should be launched. After presentations by the President (Prof. Faadiel Essop) and the Treasurer/Secretary (Dr. Ben Loos) the council agreed that very good progress has been made with implementation of the strategic plan. After detailed discussions it was agreed to sustain this momentum and pay particular attention to: a) the enhancement of visibility of the PSSA (e.g. via website and newsletter); b) increase membership by targeting more southern African institutions – emphasis on redress; c) continue to support students from institutions that are less equipped and/or funded (e.g. by travel bursaries, exchanges) (emphasis on redress); d) stronger positioning of the PSSA to ensure it becomes the ‘’go to’’ congress for physiologists in the region and the rest of Africa; e) enhanced networking with the southern African institutions (e.g. identifying key contact persons in each region); and f) further build links with African countries and societies (e.g. AAPS) and the rest of the world. Taken together, the vision is to further grow the impact and relevance of the PSSA in the region and the rest of Africa to thereby strengthen the discipline and contribute towards the development of students/academics and contributing to the overall well-being of...

Professor Barbara Huisamen

Prof. Huisamen is the chief specialist scientist with the Sa MRC in the Biomedical research and innovation platform and is an associate professor in the Biomedical Sciences department, division of medical physiology of the faculty of medicine and health Sciences at the Stellenbosch university.

Professor Vivienne Russell

Prof. Russell is in the department of human Biology at the university of cape town, and is also a fractional professor in the School of laboratory medicine and medical Science at the college of health Sciences, university of Kwazulu-natal. her research field is neuroscience in which she focuses on animal models of brain disorders.

Human embryology: implantation barrier overcome?

Human embryology: implantation barrier overcome?

A proper understanding of early human development is important for improving reproductive health and research on regenerative medicine. However, anyone who ever tried doing research in thisa field will agree that it is all but easy. Even if you can get hold of human embryos, research has to adhere to extremely strict ethical and legal regulations.

Wearable sweat sensor paves way for real-time analysis of body chemistry

Apparently you can learn a lot about a person from his/her sweat! Sweat contains a great number of electrolytes and metabolites and although normal values for many of these components in sweat are not available, it may simply be because sweat has never been considered as a body fluid that can be used as a diagnostic tool.

Ebola Virus Vaccine Trial

In the wake of the Ebola virus outbreak being declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO), the vesicular stomatitis virus Ebola Consortium (VEBCON) was established (under auspices of WHO) in August 2014. Here the aim was to initiate phase 1 testing of the replication-competent recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus (rVSV)–vectored Zaire ebolavirus (rVSV-ZEBOV) candidate vaccine.

US Public approves gene editing to improve health

US Public approves gene editing to improve health

During December 2015, an International Summit on Human Gene Editing was co-hosted by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The organizing committee requested an ongoing international forum to gather the perspectives of various stakeholders, which included members of the general public.