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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.