The IDM has curated a go-to range of reliable information to guide and assist staff and students during this time of crisis. We are continuously updating the various COVID-19 resources listed on our webpage below.
Who can forget that first lockdown announcement in March 2020? For many, it meant the dining room would be converted into an office space; for others (depending on the sector), the shutdown meant little to no work at all. But for a select few, working behind the scenes to understand SARS-CoV-2, its transmissibility and its effects on the immune system, working from home was not an option. Their research into the virus during a time when very little was known about it was absolutely crucial.
Dr Lizelle Lubbe, a postdoctoral research fellow in structural biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), hopes that her academic journey and research will help inspire other young Africans to pursue a career in science.
The lungs are one of the organs hardest hit by COVID-19, and in some cases the effects of the disease remain long after the patient has recovered. The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Keertan Dheda discusses long COVID and its impact on the lungs.
Transmission, infection, disease is the successive cycle driven by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) – the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). However, the mechanisms behind the successful transmission of the bacterium have been poorly researched, mainly due to an inability to capture and identify live M. tb in the exhaled breath of TB patients. This is changing – guided by collaborative efforts from researchers at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM).