The Department of
Physiological Sciences undertakes investigative research to better
understand the health challenges facing South Africa. We have
several research groupings – headed up by excellent principal
investigators - that tackle a variety of disease states. Here the
rationale is to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying
mechanisms that drive the onset of pathophysiologic states, with the
ultimate aim of designing novel therapeutic interventions.
are arguably the best equipped in our field within the South African
context. For example, during the last few years we successfully
established two Central Analytical Facility (CAF) units within our
department, i.e. fluorescent microscopy and flow cytometry. The
animal housing facility is also located within our precinct and is
successfully managed by highly qualified members of our department.
We have recently been awarded an NRF Research Niche Area (RNA) for
the investigation of skeletal muscle biology. Moreover, we are
members of the MRC Interuniversity Heart Research Group that also
includes researchers at the University of Cape Town and the
Stellenbosch University’s medical campus.
outlook means that we have successfully developed collaborative
projects with several laboratories within South Africa and abroad.
Together this comprehensive strategic approach ensures the
generation of first-class research outputs and the nurturing and
development of human resources (students and staff), thereby further
strengthening our national and international image within the