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UCT researchers honoured by ASSAf & SAYAS
Fri, 11 Oct 2019 - 11:45

Three University of Cape Town (UCT) professors have been elected to stand among South Africa’s leading scholars and scientists as members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), while a UCT associate professor joined the ranks of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).

SA’s 92% mental health treatment gap
Fri, 11 Oct 2019 - 08:30

South Africa has taken steps towards strengthening mental health care in the last 20 years. These include reforming the Mental Health Care Act 2002 and developing a National Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Plan 2013–2020.

Status epilepticus: New research on failing meds
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 - 08:45

A new paper by University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers and their international co-authors has explained why patients experiencing unrelenting epileptic seizures, or status epilepticus, stop responding to first-line medication benzodiazepine.

Decoding genomes to improve Africa’s health
Tue, 01 Oct 2019 - 11:45

No two people are alike, so why should their medication be? This is the question that drives the work being done by Professor Collet Dandara and his Pharmacogenomics and Drug Metabolism Research Group (PharmGx) at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Women taking science to the streets
Tue, 01 Oct 2019 - 11:00

On Saturday, 28 September, visitors to the V&A Waterfront passing through the Pier Head square were treated to a truly intriguing sight: a diverse array of dynamic women in white lab coats sharing their scientific research with passers-by

Clinic for staff opens on campus
Mon, 30 Sep 2019 - 09:30

The KaeloClinic has officially opened its doors to University of Cape Town (UCT) staff in pay classes two to six, providing an accessible, on-site facility for all members of the universityʼs KaeloHealth Primary Healthcare medical product.

Social Responsiveness Award nominations
Mon, 30 Sep 2019 - 09:00

Staff at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are encouraged to play an active development role in our cultural, economic, political, scientific and social environments. The UCT Social Responsiveness Award was established in 2009 to recognise those university staff members who demonstrate how this type of social engagement can enhance the teaching and learning, and research processes.

UCT shares expertise to boost search for new drugs
Mon, 30 Sep 2019 - 09:00

Eight innovators from seven African countries have been announced as the inaugural awardees of the Grand Challenges (GC) Africa drug discovery programme. They will be involved in research that will advance the discovery of new drugs to prevent, treat and cure diseases endemic to Africa.

mGenAfrica: Introducing learners to careers in STEM
Wed, 25 Sep 2019 - 10:45

Ask any high school learner for their opinion on the life sciences and you’re bound to get a less than enthusiastic response. An innovative online platform and mobile app has, however, slowly but surely been changing this perspective by bringing an element of fun to these subjects.

Soapbox Science 2019 Cape Town
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 - 11:15

Five University of Cape Town (UCT) female scientists are included in the local organising team that will bring Soapbox Science to Cape Town for the first time on 28 September, at the V&A Waterfront.

Seven A-rated researchers for UCT
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 - 14:15

The University of Cape Town (UCT) welcomes the A-rating of seven of its researchers by the country’s National Research Foundation (NRF). The ratings were formally awarded at the NRF awards on Thursday, 12 September 2019.

New Associate Member Dr Suraj Parihar
Q&A with new Associate Member Dr Suraj Parihar
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 - 10:30

Producing world-class excellence at the IDM is a collaborative effort. Here we're highlighting those who have had a notable impact on our work by upholding the values of the Institute.