2019

Falsified Medicines. What the public says and professionals know – knowledge exchange providing a basis for actions

The project focuses on falsified medicines – a growing health problem affecting both developed and developing countries. Falsified medicines range from mixtures of toxic substances to ineffective products. They may be adulterated with corn starch, heavy metals, brick powder, amphetamines, ink or wall colour. Some drugs look so similar to the genuine product that they … [Read more]

Archaeology of a Hungry Mind

Why and how did we (Homo sapiens) evolve into a species that is dependent on its ‘brains’ rather than its ‘brawn’ for our survival and successful spread across the globe? This is an old question, but recent archaeological and palaeoanthropological finds in sub-Saharan Africa, together with breakthroughs in ancient-DNA and palaeo-neurology, are dramatically changing what … [Read more]

Interrogating Blackness, Locating ‘Africanness’: Call-and-Response in the (literary) works of Toni Morrison and Zoë Wicomb, NoViolet Bulawayo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Taiye Selasi

This project offers a fresh, comparative, transatlantic and transnational analysis of leading African-American author, Toni Morrison’s, work on blackness through the diasporic lens of contemporary female writers of the African diaspora, Zoë Wicomb, NoViolet Bulawayo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Taiye Selasi. The project explores how a selection of their texts speak (back) to, in order … [Read more]

The public sphere in African political thought

This research project aim is to contribute to the quest for a viable political philosophy for contemporary Africa. The goal in this regard is to develop alternative ways of making political ideas and values of traditional Africa relevant for modern times. Specifically, aiming to critically reconstruct the ideas embedded in the conceptual metaphors for the … [Read more]

Comparative computational study of thrombosis in cerebral and abdominal aortic Aneurysms

Thrombosis is closely linked to aneurysm evolution. In some cases, the presence of a clot can accelerate the time to aneurysm rupture while in others, it can stabilise the aneurysm and prevent rupture. The few computational models that simulate aneurysm thrombosis have focused on either cerebral aneurysms or on abdominal aortic aneurysms. The aim of … [Read more]

Disability and reproduction in Africa: A multi-methods investigation to identify, describe and determine the sexual, reproductive and maternal healthcare needs and challenges of women with disability in Ghana

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) constitute 15% of the world’s population. PWDs are however one of the most marginalised groups, especially in many low-income settings of Africa. This disadvantage transcends several spheres: PWDs have generally poorer health, lower education, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty. Women with disability are particularly more likely to be … [Read more]

“Dementia: a growing problem in South Africa and the world”

Prosperous people live longer and old age carries a high risk of dementia, a condition that is so far neither preventable nor curable. The trend of incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, is increasing all over the world. When AD is consolidated with other dementias with similar clinical profiles, it … [Read more]

Jazz Life

This is a book in progress replete with personal incident and an appreciation of South African jazz history and culture, musicians and the music played. We worked together promoting jazz and jazz education from 1983 to 2006, almost a quarter of a century. One of the pillars of UKZN’s international status was the establishment in … [Read more]

DOHaD and SDGs: Moving towards Early Implementation

The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease & Sustainable Development Goals: Moving Towards Early Implementation The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) paradigm provides us with a new and exciting way to think about causation of illness while at the same time providing us with both personal and population-level instruments for avoiding harm and … [Read more]