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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. 

Masters Student Kirsty Winkler nabs Acid Fast Club win
Thu, 29 Aug 2019 - 12:45

This Women’s Month the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) celebrates Master’s student Kirsty Winkler, who was recently awarded Best Blitz Presentation at the Acid Fast Club (AFC). 

Award encourages African academics to lead
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 - 07:45

The recent announcement of the Crick African Network’s African Career Accelerator (CAN ACA) Fellowships has named two University of Cape Town (UCT) recipients, Doctors Ursula Rohlwink and Suraj Parihar.

UCT medical research on the world stage
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 - 07:30

Three researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) recently hosted an IdeasLab on innovative research into infectious diseases at the World Economic Forum’s 13th Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019 in Dalian, China.

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.