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The latest news about research at the IDM is published below. 

International-level research at Postgrad Awards
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 - 08:45

The Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) hosted the award ceremony for the annual Postgraduate Student Publication Competition this week. The applications were judged by representatives of the International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC).

Collaboration pushes frontiers of anti-malaria drug regimes
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 - 08:30

More than 200 million people around the world suffered from malaria in 2017. Over 400,000 died. The vast majority – around 90% – were in Africa, where many are all too familiar with the devastating impact of the disease. Young children and pregnant women are the most vulnerable.

Tackling HIV: one haircut at a time
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 - 08:30

Launched in July this year, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation’s Amajita Tutu Truck gave 50 men in Philippi free HIV tests on International Men’s Day on 19 November – and complimentary haircuts, thanks to a collaboration with Legends Barbershop.

Open Day – A new world revealed
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 - 09:45

Earlier this year saw the 10th Anniversary of the Human Genetics and 6th Joint Human Genetics, IMBS and Cell Biology Grade 11 Learners’ Open Day.

Brain gain
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 - 10:15

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Neuroscience Institute is designed to be comprehensive in nature and cross-cutting in function. This distinguishes it from similar institutes in the global north and makes it possible for experts in a range of fields to come together to better understand African challenges: the interplay between the brain and conditions like trauma or infection, and its consequences for brain development and function.

PET-CT scanner heralds new era in TB research
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 - 15:00

The Cape Universities Body Imaging Centre (CUBIC) launched its Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) Core Research Facility on Wednesday, 13 November, bolstering capacity in cutting-edge research on tuberculosis (TB), oncology, neurocognitive disorders, cardiovascular and other diseases.

UCT researchers excel at L’Oréal-UNESCO awards
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 - 14:30

Four women researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) were among the seven recognised by the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South African National Programme for their excellent contributions to science.

Q&A with new Associate Member Professor Emile Chimusa
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 - 13:30

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. 

Umthombo 4: a spotlight on neuroscience
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 - 08:30

The latest issue of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) research magazine, Umthombo, was launched at the annual research function last night, along with the year’s Research and Innovation Highlights. The function, hosted by the UCT Research Office and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Sue Harrison, is a celebration of the year’s research achievements and the people behind them.

Excellent, loyal, nurturers of a new generation
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 - 10:00

Thanks to the invaluable role of its National Research Foundation (NRF) A-rated scholars, the University of Cape Town (UCT) can face the future with confidence, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said at the annual celebration of the institutionʼs top scholars.

UCT’s 2020 Mandela Rhodes scholars
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 - 10:00

Seven University of Cape Town (UCT) students have been honoured among the Mandela Rhodes Foundation (MRF) Class of 2020, joining another 47 inspirational young leaders from across Africa.

Division of Immunology Outreach Day 2019
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 - 14:15

The Division of Immunology hosted a full day of outreach on Friday 1st November 2019 for high school learners; 93 pupils attended from Retreat, Lavender Hill, Joe Slovo and Khayelitsha. The outreach team was led by Associate Professor Reto Guler who organised a day of interactive science and learning.