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Drug research priorities at odds with global disease toll

16 March 2018

Alfredo Yegros et al.

COMMENT: Large pharmaceutical companies do not target their scientific efforts on the deadliest diseases.

Network seeks to lift African research integrity

23 February 2018

Munyaradzi Makoni

A regional alliance of researchers is giving voice to a neglected community.

The perils of perpetuating postcolonial biases in research

5 February 2018

Munyaradzi Makoni

A proliferation of partnerships between academics and development practitioners pose ethical and practical concerns.

China leads BRICS university rankings

23 November 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

7 out of the top 10 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2018 are in the east-Asian nation.

Research partnership improves life for vulnerable women

9 February 2017

Linda Nordling

A social welfare programme for women at risk of HIV has built trust between this vulnerable group and scientists seeking new treatments and a cure.

A beacon in the bush becomes an astronomy powerhouse

13 October 2016

Linda Nordling

South Africa's University of the Western Cape has exceeded expectations. 

Emerging hotspots for physical sciences

16 August 2016

Tim Hornyak

Less prominent research nations are carving out a niche.

Swapping burgers for beans: an unusual experiment reveals another pitfall of Western diets

11 July 2016

Linda Nordling

A ground breaking colon cancer experiment that swapped the burgers-and-fries diet of African Americans with the traditional fare of rural South Africans was sparked by a chance encounter.

South African research hits hard economic times

14 June 2016

Linda Nordling

Can international research funding help South Africa maintain its stellar performance in the index?