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Fezile Khumalo receives TOYP Award
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 - 15:00

This Women’s Month the Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) celebrates the recent announcement of Post-Doctoral Fellow Fezile Khumalo’s accolade. She received one of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) South Africa and Brand South Africa Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Awards at a ceremony held in Durban in late July.

Malaria drug less effective in malnourished children
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 - 12:30

Researchers have found that the most-prescribed antimalarial drug is less effective in severely malnourished children than in those that are adequately nourished. The study calls for further research into optimising treatment for undernourished children – who are particularly vulnerable to contracting malaria and dying from the disease.

EDCTP Senior Research Fellowship awarded to Dr Georgia Schäfer
Mon, 12 Aug 2019 - 09:30

This Women's Month the IDM celebrates the recent announcement of the Institute's third recipient of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnerships (EDCTP) Senior Research Fellowship.

The heart doctor: On preventing the preventable
Tue, 06 Aug 2019 - 11:45
Academic and Clinical Scientist Liesl Zühlke is an Associate Professor. She’s based in the Department of Paediatric Cardiology at the University of Cape Town, is an Affiliate Member of the University’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine and is an NRF-rated scientist. Zühlke is a leading researcher in Rheumatic Fever (RF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). A disease which, while preventable, had an estimated global burden of 33.4 million cases and a death toll of 319 400 in one year. This, according to a study looking at case estimates in 2015, which also noted 10.5 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALY). DALY is a measurement of the gap between current health status and an ideal health situation where the entire population lives to an advanced age, free of disease and disability.
Mayosi: a leader who lifted as he rose
Tue, 30 Jul 2019 - 09:45

The late Professor Bongani Mayosi, former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT), is remembered as a humble servant leader who lifted as he rose.

Serendipitous meeting leads PhD candidate back to UCT
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 - 09:45

It was a serendipitous meeting with a University of Cape Town (UCT) professor in a Mother City shopping mall that set the wheels in motion for Sue Dennis’s PhD research.

Is Ebola fuelling a measles outbreak in the DRC?
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 - 10:45

Forty-five years ago, the World Health Organisation launched the Expanded Programme on Immunisation. It covered six diseases – measles, tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. Since then, anti-measles vaccines have been distributed to millions of children across the world, leading to a massive reduction in illness and death. For example, between 2000 and 2017, it was estimated that global deaths from measles had reduced by about 80% due to vaccination.

Prof Stein wins lifetime achievement award
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 - 12:00

Professor Dan Stein, head of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT), was recently honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 14th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry. He looks back at the roles that cross-disciplinarity, curiosity and collaboration have played in his career to date.

Three UCT researchers awarded ‘Science Oscars’
Wed, 03 Jul 2019 - 13:30

In recognition of their outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa, UCT's Professor Alison Lewis, Dr Hlumani Ndlovu, Professor Martine Visser all received awards at the NSTF-South32 event yesterday evening.


Multimillion rand boost for Africa medicines research
Thu, 27 Jun 2019 - 10:45
Many University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus and former chairman and chief executive of Coca-Cola Neville Isdell has donated $1 242 160 (about R18 million) towards research into the discovery of new medicines for infectious diseases at the university's Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D).
Disseminated HIV-associated tuberculosis is deadly: Can treatment for this condition be improved?
Mon, 24 Jun 2019 - 13:45

Prof. Graeme Meintjes’ receives Wellcome Senior Research Fellowship - awarded for five years. Together with his team he will evaluate several possible treatments in an attempt to answer the question of whether the standard treatment used in pulmonary TB is adequate for treating disseminated HIV-associated TB.

Prof Mizrahi awarded Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship
Fri, 07 Jun 2019 - 13:30

Africa’s premier research fellowship has been awarded to Professor Mizrahi, director of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The award recognises Mizrahi as a preeminent scholar who has made an internationally significant contribution to the field of microbiology and tuberculosis (TB) research.