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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
This year, nine University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers, in a total of 14 categories, have made it to the final round of the NSTF-South32 Awards, which the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) considers the ‘Science Oscars’. The NSTF-South32 Awards are held annually to celebrate South Africans who make outstanding contributions in science, engineering and technology.
Mothers can transfer lifelong protection against infection to their infants by breastfeeding, says a new study by an international team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Researchers on the continent are facing the kinds of struggles that become predictable in under-resourced institutions. This was one of the topics addressed at this month’s Africa Day Mini-Symposium held at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM). The Institute is based within the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
The recent acquisition of a porfolio of key life sciences patents, promises to push cancer biotechnology research at the University of Cape Town (UCT) to new heights under the leadership of Professor Stefan Bath.
CIDRI-Africa clinician-scientist PhD fellows Elsa du Bruyn and Ashley Jacobs were recently awarded further support for their research by the Harry Crossley Foundation. Both will be researching aspects of tuberculosis (TB) infection in the context of HIV infection.