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

Project title: Future Impact Today (FIT) study. The department, in cooperation with the Department of 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

Project tilte: A Dose-Volume Effect study in acute reacting mouse jejunum: Underlying physiological and molecular mechanisms. Researchers: Dr W Shaw; Dr Y Govender, Dr S van Zyl

Project title: Application pharmacogenetics to reduce drug resistance in prostate cancer treatment. Researchers: Mr Abrahams, Dr Sekhoacha; Dr Nyaga

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-MB231 breast carcinomer cell lines. Researchers: Mr Abrahams

Project title: The relationship between obesity, leptin, adiponectin and the components of the metabolic syndrome in urban African women in the Frees State Province.  Researchers: Dr S van Zyl, Dr L van der Merwe, Prof C Walsh

Project Title: Anticancer and antimicrobial activity of Moringa oleifera, bioactive compounds and their synthesised nanoparticles. Reserachers: Dr C Tiloke, Dr K Anand, Prof AA Chuturgoon

Project title: Testing and cortisol levels. Researchers: Dr FP Venter, Dr AM Gerber, Ms PC De Wet Vorster

Discipline-related research: Anatomy

Anthropology research

Project title: Anthropological research on the skeletal collection of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, University of the Free State. Researchers: Dr P Maass, Dr H Potgieter, Dr S van Zyl, Ms T Ramphaleng

Project title: Evaluation of sacral osteometry for anthropological stature estimation. Researchers: Ms L Malangeni, Dr P Maass

Project title: Assessing the sexual dimorphism of the upper limb in a Free State skeletal population using univariate measurements. Researchers: A Smal, Dr P Maass, Dr H Potgieter

Project title: Variation of the African face: analysis of face masks using geometric morphometrics. Researcher: Ms T Ramphaleng (PhD)

Clinical anatomy research

Project title: Re- angiography: outcomes of CABG in a South African population. Researcher: Ms S Singh (PhD)

Project title: Anatomical changes of the anterior cranial fossa in three types of craniosynostosis. Researcher: Ms A Kalicharan (PhD)

Project title: The association between lumbosacral transitional vertebrae (LSTV) and surgery, in patients with low back problems
Researcher: Dr C Vorster 

Project title: Controversy regarding Da Vinci’s gut feeling
Researcher: Dr C Vorster, A Nel

Education-related research

Project title: Investigating innovative & interactive assessment approaches for first- and second-year anatomy students at the University of the Free State. Researchers: Dr P Maass, Dr H Potgieter, Dr S van Zyl, Ms T Ramphaleng, Dr A Vorster, Dr A Mostert

Project title: Anatomy students’ use and need of skeletons for studying osteology in the department of Basic Medical Sciences, UFS. Researchers: Dr A Mostert, Dr D Raubenheimer, Ms A Nel

Project title: Capabilities and functioning of 1-3 year medical and nursing students. Researchers: Dr AM Gerber, Dr R Botes, Dr A Vorster

Project title: Quality of life and academic performance of the University of the Free State Health Sciences students. Researchers: Dr A Mostert

Project title: Guidelines for student self-efficacy in teaching and learning environment of undergraduate Natural Sciences. Researchers: Ms PC De Wet Vorster

Project title: Self-reported alcohol and drug use and academic performance among a group of nursing students. Researchers: Dr AM Gerber, Dr A Vorster, Dr L van der Merwe, Dr S van Zyl

Project title: 2nd and 3rd-year medical students self-reported alcohol, substance use and academic performance: an observational, descriptive, cross-sectional study. Researchers: Dr AM Gerber, Dr A Vorster, Dr L van der Merwe, Dr S van Zyl

MSc physiology student projects:

Project Title: An investigation into the inflammatory properties of Tenofovir in HepG2 human liver cells. Researcher: Mr. S. Vazi 

Project Title: The hepatoprotective effect of Moringa oleifera against antiretroviral induced cytotoxicity in HepG₂ cells. Researcher: Ms. M. Saki

Project Title: The antiproliferative effect of Moringa oleifera aqueous leaf extract in MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Researcher: Ms M.M. Moremane 

Project Title: The in vitro effects of Moringa oleifera on chaperone-mediated autophagy in HepG2 human cells. Researcher: Mr M.A. Bopape

Student research group

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




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