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First real hope for a TB vaccine in 100 years
Thu, 31 Oct 2019 - 08:30

The final analysis of a multi-site medical trial involving the University of Cape Town (UCT) has produced the first signal of a potentially effective vaccine against tuberculosis (TB) in almost 100 years.

Langdon, Zilla join College of Fellows ‘elders’
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 - 11:15

Two new Fellows were inducted into the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) prestigious College of Fellows at the annual fellows dinner held at Smuts Hall this week. In addition, six College of Fellows Young Researcher Awards were made.

Medicines for Africans by Africans
Fri, 18 Oct 2019 - 09:15

Africa accounts for 15% of the global population and 25% of the global disease burden, yet the discovery and development of medicines that end up in Africa has historically only happened in the global north. It is time for the situation to change, says Professor Kelly Chibale, director and founder of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D.

Breaking barriers to a cure for HIV
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 - 07:45

An international, collaborative study involving University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers has revealed an unexpected finding that could lead to better therapies towards reducing the HIV reservoir, a major barrier to developing a cure for HIV. The reservoir consists of viral DNA that survives hidden in the body even after indefinite treatment with antiretrovirals.

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.