Epidemiology and clinically related research studies

Dr A Vorster acts as faculty advisor for an international undergraduate Neurology journal (IMPULSE). The UFS team currently comprises Phase II and III medical students. Cooperation with the Department of Dietetics continues and a new study on motherly malnutrition and the impact on chronic lifestyle diseases, in conjunction with the Department of Dietetics, Haematology and Cell Biology, as well as Genetics, is being planned.

Discipline-related research:  Physiology

Research on non-communicable diseases
  • Project title: Chronic diseases of lifestyle: a risk assessment and health promotion framework for a rural and urban primary health care setting in the Free State Province
    Researcher: Dr S van Zyl (PhD)
  • Project title: The effect of various combinations of different classes of Anticancer drugs and Tyrosine kinase inhibitors on the human MCF-7 and triple negative MDA-MB331 breast carcinoma cell lines
    Researcher: B Abrahams (PhD)  

Interdepartmental research group

  • Project title: Future Impact Today (FIT) study. The department, in cooperation with the Department Nutrition and Dietetics, focuses on the risk factors and biomarkers for chronic lifestyle diseases, inflammation and growth.
    Researchers: Prof C Walsh, Dr S van Zyl, Dr C Ntsapi, Dr A Landman and Ms A Nel.

Departmental research group

  • Project title: A systematic review to determine whether following a low carbohydrate, high fat diet for at least 12 months, has any long term effects on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors
    Researchers: Drs A Gerber and A Vorster 
Neuro-endocrine research
  • Project title: Mitochondrial catastrophe during doxorubicin induced cardiotoxicity: An evaluation of the protective role of melatonin
    Researcher: Dr Y Govender (PhD)
  • Project title: Risk factors for falls and subsequent fractures of the distal radius in women presenting at Pelonomi Tertiary Hospital, Bloemfontein
    Researcher: Dr A Vorster (MSc) 
  • Project title: Non-invasive biomarkers for the autonomic nervous system: correlation between heart rate variability and salivary measures
    Researcher: M du Toit (MSc) 
  • Project title: The effect of receiving mobile text messages on salivary cortisol levels in Physiology students at the University of the Free State
    Researcher: FP Venter (MSc completed in 2019)

Student research group

  • Impulse group: Neuroscience undergraduate journal review group. Faculty advisor: Dr A Vorster

Discipline-related research: Anatomy

Anthropology research
  • Project title: Variation of the African face: Analysis of face masks using geometric morphometrics
    Researcher: T Ramphaleng (PhD)
  • Project title: Effectiveness and efficiency of maceration using household detergents
    Researcher: S Pillay (MSc)
  • Project title: Osteometric assessment of sexual dimorphism of the glenohumeral joint
    Researcher: Amanda Smal (MSc student)

Departmental research group

  • Project title: Anthropological research on the skeletal collection of the department of basic medical sciences, University of the Free State
    Anthropology research group: Dr P Maass, Dr S Van Zyl, Dr H Potgieter and TK Ramphaleng

Departmental research group

  • Project title: Anatomy students’ use and need of skeletons for studying osteology in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, University of the Free State
    Researchers: Dr A Mostert and A Nel
Clinical anatomy research
  • Project title: The association between lumbosacral transitional vertebrae (LSTV) and surgery, in patients with low back problems
    Researcher: Dr C Vorster 
  • Project title: Anatomical changes of the anterior cranial fossa in three types of cranio-synostosis
    Researcher: A Kalicharan (PhD)
  • Project title: Re-Angiography: outcomes of CABG surgery in a South African population
    Researcher: S Singh (PhD)
  • Project title: The anatomical basis of frontoethmoidal encephalocoeles in a select south african population: A retrospective study
    Researcher: S Govender (PhD)
  • Project title: Controversy regarding Da Vinci’s gut feeling
    Researcher: Dr C Vorster, A Nel

Departmental research group

  • Project title: Anatomical research on cadavers available in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, University of the Free State
    Researchers: Drs P Maass, C Vorster, S Van Zyl, H Potgieter, and Ms TK Ramphaleng
Education-related research
  • Project title: Guidelines for student self-efficacy in teaching and learning environment of the undergraduate Natural Sciences
    Researcher: R Vorster De Wet (PhD)
  • Project title: Quality of life and academic performance of University of the Free State first-year health sciences students
    Researcher: Dr A Mostert (MH Prof Edu completed in 2019)

Departmental research group

  • Project title: Investigating innovative and interactive assessment approaches for first- and second-year anatomy students at the University of the Free State
    Anthropology research group: Dr P Maass, Dr S Van Zyl, Dr H Potgieter, and TK Ramphaleng
Departmental research group
  • Project title: The association between substance use and academic performance amongst Health Sciences students of the University of the Free State
    Researchers: Drs A Gerber, A Vorster, S van Zyl, and L van der Merwe

Departmental research group

  • Project title: An interferential comparison between the capabilities and achievements of first-year medical and first-year nursing students studying at the University of the Free State, South Africa
    Researchers: Drs AM Gerber, A Vorster, and Mr R Botes
Education-related research: Community-related


Departmental research group

  • Project title: A cohort study of Bloemfontein elderly to determine health-related quality of life and functioning
    Researchers: Drs A Gerber, A Vorster, A Mostert, and Mr R Botes


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