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CSIR female researchers at the forefront of health research

Publication Date: 
Friday, August 24, 2018

Media advisory

Female researchers from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will brief the media on some of the ground-breaking research they are working on to improve the lives of South Africans.

The briefing, scheduled to take place at the CSIR campus in Pretoria, on Wednesday, 29 August 2018, will focus on some of the research breakthroughs in health sciences aimed at improving the state of health care in the country.

Contact Person

David Mandaha

+12 841 3654/ 072 126 8910

dmandaha@csir.co.za

Media advisory

Female researchers from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will brief the media on some of the ground-breaking research they are working on to improve the lives of South Africans.

The briefing, scheduled to take place at the CSIR campus in Pretoria, on Wednesday, 29 August 2018, will focus on some of the research breakthroughs in health sciences aimed at improving the state of health care in the country.

Senior researcher, Ghaneshree Moodley, will brief the media on the development of probiotics for use in the production of broiler chickens, dusky-cob and abalone. This will assist the country in the production of natural animal products, free of antibiotics, chemicals and growth stimulants.

Product development technician, Vivey Pasha, will focus on the development of skin care products, particularly the safety of ingredients that go into cosmetic products, such as lotions and soaps.

Emerging researcher, Valentine Saasa, will talk about the breath analyser nanotechnologies for disease detection. Saasa is one of the researchers who are working on a new device to detect acetone to monitor blood glucose levels without having to use needles and blood.

Dr Janine Scholefield, a senior researcher in synthetic biology, will give a status update on stem cell research. Dr Scholefield is using induced pluripotent stem cell models to study other African diseases, such as those caused by HIV, by looking at people with different susceptibility to the virus, including elite controllers.

Media is invited as follow:

Date: 29 August 2018
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Venue: Meiring Naude Road, CSIR, South Gate, Building 43, Meraka Auditorium.

NB: Please bring proof of identification and allow 10 minutes for registration at reception.

RSVP: Kgauhelo Dioka on 012 841 2972/073 398 8633 or email kdioka@csir.co.za

For enquiries:

David Mandaha: CSIR Media Relations Manager
Tel: +12 841 3654/ 072 126 8910
Email: dmandaha@csir.co.za

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