Academic speaks at African Diabetes Congress

 

The Head of the Biomedical Sciences Department, Prof Tandi Matsha, recently joined diabetes researchers from across the country and the rest of the continent in Cameroon for the Third African Diabetes Congress.

Matsha said she was invited to speak on the topic of diabetes and epigenetics.

“The reason for my invitation was that our group (the Cardiometabolic Health Research Unit) has published the first studies on epigenetics in an African population,” says Matsha.

Matsha, who is the founder and lead researcher of the unit, said the research has been published in three journals: Clinical Biochemistry, The International Journal of Endocrinology and the Journal of Diabetes Research.

Matsha also visited Norway recently after a two-year grant was received from the UTFORSK partnership programme.

This would enable three CPUT students to travel to Norway later this year as part of their Work Integrated Learning experience.

The three students are on the BHSc: Medical Laboratory Sciences Programme and will spend three months in Norway.

The project would also seek to establish research collaborations between CPUT’s Biomedical Sciences Department and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

The UTFORSK Partnership Programme supports project cooperation between higher education institutions in Norway and higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia and South Africa.