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Research objectives

img oxidative 3Medicinal Plant Research

  • To study the bio-activity of indigenous herbals on certain disease conditions where oxidative stress plays an important role and its relationship to health and disease prevention – elucidating mechanisms
  • To clinically evaluate the value of indigenous South African herbal teas such as rooibos and honeybush and other indigenous medicinal plants in human health promotion

Experimental Biology Research

  • Establishing experimentally induced oxidative stress in vitro and in vivo animal and cell models. Such studies may potentially provide important information which could be tested and evaluated in clinical trials

Biomarker Development Research

  • To develop biomarkers of exposure to indigenous herbal teas and other medicinal plants.

Nutritional & Chronic Disease Research

  • To evaluate the potential role of nutrient supplementation in animal and human subjects

Analytical and Postgraduate Laboratory

  • To provide an analytical support service to the various oxidative stress research disciplines in all the Faculties and to any other stakeholder
  • Serve as analytical training facility to postgraduates