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The IDM has curated a go-to range of reliable information to guide and assist staff and students during this time of crisis. We are continuously updating the various COVID-19 resources listed on our webpage below.
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Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Paper offers insights into cobalamin’s role in mycobacterial physiology and pathogenicity

In a paper recently published in the Journal of Bacteriology, researchers at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) at the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences show that Mycobacterium smegmatis, a soil-dwelling model for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb), produces its own cobalamin, a form of vitamin B12 which is required in a number of central metabolic pathways. The paper also describes the conditions under which this bacterium efficiently takes up the vitamer from growth media.

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Fri, 26 Mar 2021 - 10:00
TB research must continue in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

On the 24th of March the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), an independent, transdisciplinary scientific research institute based in KwaZulu-Natal and the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), an international centre of excellence where world-class scientists collaborate to tackle diseases of major importance in Africa, hosted a joint, virtual World Tuberculosis (TB) Day mini-symposium in recognition of the day. The IDM is based at the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

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Thu, 25 Mar 2021 - 12:15
Combining anti-TB drugs for new treatment approach

Tuberculosis (TB) is the top infectious disease killer in the world, with one in four people estimated to be infected by TB bacteria. As TB Awareness Month is commemorated globally in March, researchers at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) have published a paper in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a leading journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Wed, 24 Mar 2021 - 08:15
Postdoctoral fellow shares research highs and lows under lockdown

Who can forget that first lockdown announcement in March 2020? For many, it meant the dining room would be converted into an office space; for others (depending on the sector), the shutdown meant little to no work at all. But for a select few, working behind the scenes to understand SARS-CoV-2, its transmissibility and its effects on the immune system, working from home was not an option. Their research into the virus during a time when very little was known about it was absolutely crucial.

Publication Date:
Thu, 18 Mar 2021 - 13:30