PCDDP News

Top scientists unite to launch Pan-African Disease Foundation

A consortium of African universities and research institutions led by the Walter Sisulu University from South Africa, today announced the founding of the Sisulu Foundation for African and Pandemic Disease Response ("The Sisulu Foundation").

The Foundation will…

University collaboration reaches promising Covid-19 vaccine results

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and the North-West University (NWU) jointly announced "very promising first results" from preclinical trials on a new Covid-19 vaccine candidate on Tuesday, 8 June. 

The WSU Medical School has a rich history of producing quality medical doctors and nurses for the South African and international health…

Evaluating the potential of South African medicinal plants as a treatment for depression

North-West University (NWU) academic Dr Makhotso Lekhooa is investigating the possibility that an indigenous plant can be used to treat depression.

This research is very applicable as the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that 4,4% of…

Rose Hayeshi – a rising star at the BioAfrica Convention

A researcher from the North-West University (NWU) and one of the rising stars in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), is taking part in this year’s BioAfrica Convention that is taking place from 24 to 26 August.

Prof Rose Hayeshi, director of and associate professor at the DSI/NWU Preclinical Drug Development…

NWU to validate new Covid-19 test

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc locally and internationally, NWU’s experts have been roped in to assist with the validation of a new test in the fight against it.

The new test is being developed by a wholly owned South African pharmaceutical company, Austell Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd. It is anticipated that this…

When hard work pays off …

One of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) young researchers, Prof Rose Hayeshi from the Faculty of Health Sciences, was recently honoured by the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) when she was inducted as one of their newest members.

This academy is the voice of young scientists in South Africa and aims to contribute…

Easier treatment on the way for diabetes and some cancers

Imagine a world where diabetics no longer have to inject themselves and where radio-pharmaceutical drugs against certain types of cancer can be administered orally. These are some of envisaged outcomes of research at the North-West University’s Department of Science and Technology (DST)/NWU Pre-Clinical Drug Development Platform (PCDDP).…

First publishers acknowledged

A total of 40 staff members of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom Campus received recognition for their first publication of a research article.

This event is held annually to welcome staff members into the ranks of research publishers.

Prof Susan Visser, Vice-Rector: Research and Planning, said that everyone is…

NWU scientists among the best in the world

The North-West University (NWU) has once again showed why it’s a scientific force to be reckoned with, when it walked away with a special achievement at the annual South African Science Forum.

The NWU’s Preclinical Drug Development Platform received the award for the best exhibition which was recently held at the Council for…