Iso Lomso

Investigating novel treatment options for heart attacks - Fellows' seminar by Mazin Sirry

Investigating novel treatment options for heart attacks – Fellows’ seminar by Mazin Sirry

“There is a huge need to develop technologies that can be used in less-resourced settings. This treatment should not require a sophisticated surgical setting. It should also be cheaper than other treatments,” said Mazin Sirry of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan. Sirry, who is a STIAS Iso … [Read more]

Iso Lomso Fellowship call now open - apply by 15 October 2019

Iso Lomso Fellowship call now open – apply by 15 October 2019

Early career African researchers who have completed their doctoral studies during the preceding seven years are invited to apply for the Iso Lomso fellowship. For the 2019 call up to seven candidates will be awarded a three-year fellowship. Iso Lomso, meaning “the Eye of Tomorrow” in isiXhosa, was launched in 2016 and aims to boost … [Read more]

Fighting for the conservation of even the less-charismatic species - Fellows' seminar by Tatenda Dalu

Fighting for the conservation of even the less-charismatic species – Fellows’ seminar by Tatenda Dalu

“Tourists don’t pay to see a crab,” said Tatenda Dalu of the Department of Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Venda. “Charismatic animals – like the big five – tend to receive the focus of conservation activities due to the tourist dollars they attract. Often the vital ecological role of the smaller organisms … [Read more]

Framing me, framing you: Acting gender in South Africa - Fellows' seminar by Debra Shepherd

Framing me, framing you: Acting gender in South Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Debra Shepherd

“A gender-conforming man in South Africa has an expected employment rate of 48%. Gender non-conforming men have an 11% lower probability of being employed, gender non-conforming women 16% and gender-conforming women 12%. So all of these groups face a lowered probability of employment compared to gender-conforming men,” said Debra Shepherd. “Gender-conforming men are also more … [Read more]

Disability is sexy: examining the ‘hidden’ issue of disability and sexuality in the African context - Fellows' seminar by John Ganle

Disability is sexy: examining the ‘hidden’ issue of disability and sexuality in the African context – Fellows’ seminar by John Ganle

“What does it mean to have a physical disability as a woman and to want to be loved, to have sex, to be in a fulfilling sexual relationship, to be married, to reproduce and have children in a context like Ghana? What social and health-system constraints do disabled women face in realising their sexual and … [Read more]

Bolder action needed for health in Africa - policy brief on prevention of non-communicable diseases

Bolder action needed for health in Africa – policy brief on prevention of non-communicable diseases

“To prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) we need to build systems for health not just health systems,” said Tolu Oni, Public Health Physician and Clinical Senior Research Associate at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge; Honorary Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town; STIAS Iso Lomso fellow … [Read more]

Third Iso Lomso cohort of fellows announced

Third Iso Lomso cohort of fellows announced

STIAS today announced its third cohort of Iso Lomso fellows for applications submitted during its last call. The STIAS Research and Fellowship Programme Committee recently concluded its selection of the Iso Lomso cohort of fellows for 2019. Seven candidates were offered the prestigious three-year fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. They join the … [Read more]

Are we bound to violence? Looking at depictions of toxic queer masculinities in South African films - Fellows’ seminar by Gibson Ncube

Are we bound to violence? Looking at depictions of toxic queer masculinities in South African films – Fellows’ seminar by Gibson Ncube

“Two South African films Skoonheid and Inxeba, in spite of their diametrically opposed socio-racial contexts, broach violent and toxic queer masculinities. Framed against post-apartheid South Africa, the films present male protagonists who negotiate their sexuality in very conservative societies, Afrikaner in the case of Skoonheid and Xhosa in Inxeba,” said Gibson Ncube of the Department … [Read more]

Examining an African perspective on legal, human rights and governance issues - visiting scholars, Nkatha Kabira and Elifuraha Isaya Laltaika, highlight their projects

Examining an African perspective on legal, human rights and governance issues – visiting scholars, Nkatha Kabira and Elifuraha Isaya Laltaika, highlight their projects

The law of commissions – a comparative study of the place of commissions in law and governance “Commissions have come to occupy a central place in law and governance particularly in Africa. However, they are often seen as an indication that the government has no intention of doing anything about the problem and wishes to … [Read more]

We need to think about health, cities and healthy cities differently - Fellows' seminar by Tolu Oni

We need to think about health, cities and healthy cities differently – Fellows’ seminar by Tolu Oni

“We need a greater focus on prevention strategies that act on the upstream determinants of health in African cities. Such interventions should target the physical and policy environments, and societal norms that shape the conditions in which people live and work. This requires co-ordination across health and non-health sectors given that the majority of exposures … [Read more]

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