SASBCP Annual Congress 2017 – Call for Abstracts

The South African Annual Pharmacology Conference (SAPHARM-2017)


  • Authors are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation at SAPHARM-2017.
  • Submissionsmust be by email as indicated on the registration form (see conference brochure at society website).
  • Guideline: All abstracts must be prepared according to the instructions and the sample abstract provided.


  • Abstract submission opened = 18th May 2017
  • Deadline for abstract submission for bursary consideration = 30th June 2017
  • Deadline for all abstract submissions  =  31st August 2017

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First Anouncement SASBCP Congress 2017



The Annual Pharmacology Conference, 2017

The Faculty of health sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein

2nd – 4th October 2017 (tentative)

Theme: ‘Advances in Pharmacological Sciences’

The 2017-annual conference of the South African Society for Basic and Clinical pharmacology (SASBCP) will be held on 2-4th October 2017 at the Faculty of health sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. The conference will cover a wide range of topical issues, thereby exposing participants to the latest developments in pharmacology and related fields, hence the theme ‘Advances in pharmacological sciences’. The topics include herbal or traditional medicine, drug metabolism and Transport, Drug regulation, pharmacovigilance, pharmaco-epidemiology, pharmaco-economics, pharmacology education, tropical medicine, non-communicable disease/disorders, infectious disease, bioinformatics, pharmacogenetics, toxicology, neuropsychopharmacology, general basic and clinical pharmacology, analytical pharmacology, and special topics in pharmacy and pharmaceutics.

The conference opens on the evening of 01st October 2017 with inaugural lecture. It will be preceded by two workshops on the same day; one on “LCMS method-optimization and analysis of therapeutic proteins (biological medicines)”, and another on “WHO/TDR Quality Practices in Biomedical Research”. We encourage young scientists to attend these learning activities. There will also be the young competition award and others that will be announced later.

Lastly, we delighted to welcome you to Bloemfontein, the city of Roses, and hope that you and your family can enjoy the many tourist attractions at arm’s length from the venue.

Organizing committee:

  • A. Walubo (Chair)
  • G. Matsabisa (vice chair)
  • PM van Zyl
  • Mammello Sekhoacha
  • Rollien Smith
  • Riana van Wyk
  • Zanelle Bekker
  • Gerbrecht Cilliers

Postdoctoral Fellowship position available at UCT

Division of Clinical Pharmacology Postdoctoral Fellowship


The Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Cape Town invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship commencing in January 2017

The fellowship will be awarded for research to be conducted as part of an NIH-funded project on Plasmodium haem detoxification probes. The research activities will include in vitro culturing of Plasmodium falciparum, cell fractionation of P. falciparum trophozoites to separate undigested haemoglobin, exchangeable or free haem and haemozoin. Haem will be measured in these fractions using a pyridine-based assay. Flow cytometry will be used for cell counting. The technique will be applied to a range of experimental compounds believed to inhibit haemozoin and effects of haem and other porphyrins on trophozoites will also be investigated.

Conditions of Award:

  • Eligible candidates will have obtained the PhD degree in Pharmacology within the past 5 years.  Candidates with a PhD degree in biological sciences will also be considered, however such applicants should have a keen interest and background in the proposed research field. Candidates who are familiar with measurement of cellular haem, haem chemistry and Plasmodium parasite biology are preferred.
  • Applicants may not have previously held any permanent full-time professional or academic posts.
  • As part of the successful candidate’s professional development, limited mentorship and training of postgraduate students will be required.
  • A good command of English, passion about scientific research and the ability to work within a team is essential.
  • The successful candidate will be required to comply with the University of Cape Town’s approved policies, procedures and practises for the postdoctoral sector.


Value and Tenure:

The fellowship is valued at between R250 000 – R350 000 per annum, depending on the experience of the applicant and availability of funding, and is tenable for one year. Renewal for a further year is possible, but this will depend on satisfactory academic progress and the availability of funds.


Application Requirements:

  • Suitable candidates are required to submit the following:
  • A letter of interest in which the candidate motivates why s/he is suitable for the award of the fellowship;
  • A CV which includes details of conferences presentations and all publications;
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts, and
  • The names and email addresses of at least two academics who have agreed to stand as referees on behalf of the applicant (or such letters of reference may be submitted by the referees directly to and

Complete applications and all enquiries must be submitted to and

By no later than



25 November 2016

Selection Process:

Eligible and complete applications will be considered by a committee chaired by the head of Division of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Cape Town.


The University of Cape Town reserves the right to make no awards at all, to cancel the award if the conditions are not met, and to effect changes to the conditions of the award. The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications.


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