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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.
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Sunday, 24 January 2021
Using bacterial shape to understand TB gene function

In order to better understand individual gene function, and to help predict the mechanisms of action of certain tuberculosis (TB) drugs, a team of researchers at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences studied the various factors that can impact the cell shape of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb), which causes TB. The paper was recently published in eLife.

Publication Date:
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 - 08:15
Democratizing Imaging for Infectious Disease Research in Africa: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative award for UCT postdoc

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced an Imaging Scientist award to Dr Caron Jacobs, postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) and the Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa (CIDRI-Africa) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), for her programme “Democratizing Imaging for Infectious Disease Research in Africa”.

Publication Date:
Fri, 04 Dec 2020 - 12:30
Lockdown limits safe spaces for abused women

Lockdown has had myriad consequences, including an increase in crimes against women in South Africa and the world. As 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is being commemorated, researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are working collaboratively with national entities invested in the alleviation of this abuse.

Publication Date:
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 - 14:00
UCT observes World AIDS Day

Locating the three million unaccounted for and untreated South Africans living with HIV and initiating antiretroviral treatment (ART) is critical for their well-being and will reveal the true benefit of ART. But it may require alternative and “unusual” techniques to find them.

Publication Date:
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 - 09:00