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Message from the Vice-Dean, Professor Joyce Tsoka-Gwegweni

Welcome to the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Division. In line with the UFS vision of being a research-led institution, the purpose of the Research Division is to provide research leadership by promoting and supporting research activities to ensure that the Faculty achieves excellence in research, scholarship and innovation. 

Achievements and global recognition

As a Faculty we pride ourselves in our research achievements and global recognition which include the following:

  • Significant increase and quality of our research outputs in the past five years. 
  • We enjoy growth in the number of research masters and doctoral students recruited locally and internationally.
  • National and international recognition of our researchers:
    • The School of Nursing is well known for research on wound care.
    • School of Clinical Medicine, Pharmacology Department has put the Faculty on the global stage in terms of its cutting edge research in Indigenous Knowledge Systems particularly its research on effect of marijuana on major diseases like cancer, malaria and diabetes.
    • The RWM Frater Cardiovascular Research Centre, provides an interdisciplinary training and research platform for scientists and clinicians from different backgrounds to develop as researchers and collaborators in the cardiovascular and thoracic surgery and related domains.
  • Increase in the number of NRF-rated researchers
  • State of the art research and clinical teaching and learning facilities:
    • Our Clinical Skills Simulation Laboratories are well-equipped and the best in the South Africa and Africa.
    • The National Control Laboratory for Biological Products: An ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited and Good Manufacturing Practice compliant laboratory. It is one of twelve World Health Organisation recognised vaccine testing laboratories worldwide and is a full member of the global WHO NCL Network for Biologicals.  It performs local lot release testing of vaccines for the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority, performs testing for regulatory authorities in Africa on request and performs quality testing on vaccines from Brazil, India, Russia, China and Indonesia for the WHO.
Research leadership

We provide research leadership by promoting and supporting research activities to ensure that the Faculty achieves excellence in research, scholarship and innovation. The Faculty of Health Sciences aims to continue to produce high quality research to increase contribution to local, regional and global knowledge in the health sciences arena, as well as make a significant and acknowledged positive impact on the health of people and in South Africa, Africa and beyond regional borders

Research Administration
  • Provide research support through academic development initiatives
  • Facilitate research process through efficient administration and management
  • Promote and guide research by supplying relevant and updated policies and regulations Ensure easy access to internal and external research support tools and resources
  • Provide relevant and timely advice on research related activities, processes and systems
Medical Writing/Editing
  • Our main role is to assist authors to get their research formatted and edited according to the journal’s author guidelines with the aim to publish. This is done by the means of;
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication according to the specific journal's guidelines and instructions for authors.
  • Perform language editing of manuscripts (spelling, grammar and syntax; medical terminology
  • Perform technical editing of manuscripts:
  • format text;
  • format tables;
  • convert data into graphs, if required;
  • conversion of images when required in a specific format
  • Check references to ensure accuracy (including references from journals, books and Internet) and obtain the digital object identifiers (DOIs) when required
  • Write cover letters to accompany manuscripts when required by specific journals and not provided by the author(s).
  • Check that journal suggested by author(s) is accredited.
  • Provide assistance with revision of manuscripts received back from reviewers


The Research Committees and chairs in the faculty are:

Events and Conferences
  • Annual Faculty Research Forum which attracts high quality research presentations. The Faculty Research Forum has been going on for more than 50 years. The Francois Retief Lecture is presented at the opening of the Forum by a high profile national and global expert.
  • Annual Free State Health Research Day
  • Staff development Workshops. For more information contact Mojalefa Buti
    • Grant Writing  
    • Scoping review
    • Scientific Writing
    • Writing retreat (2 days)
    • Qualitative data Analysis
    • Research ethics
    • Writing retreat

Internal documents on research outputs, funding opportunities, funding calendar and the research calendar of the faculty is available to staff members on the faculty intranet.

Collaboration links
Research at the UFS



Prof JM Tsoka-Gwegweni
Office Manager:
Lerato Mokuoane 
T: +27 51 401 3781
Research Administration

Mojalefa Buti 
T: +27 51 401 2848
Monica Fleischman 
T: +27 51 401 7501

Medical Writers

Daleen Struwig
Theanette Mulder

The Ethics Committee of the faculty is an independent entity. The chairpersons or members of the committees cannot be influenced, forced or intimidated by personnel of the UFS or outside institutions to change decisions.













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