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Weekly COVID-19 clinician-based webinars
On Wednesdays, join our weekly COVID-19 clinician-based webinars on the ECHO ZOOM platform, featuring both international and national clinicians and researchers. Prof Graeme Meintjes, Deputy Head of the Department of Medicine, hosts  a panel of infectious disease specialists, respiratory physicians and critical care specialists on COVID-19 topics of special interest, followed by a  question and answer session. Recordings of these webinars are made available within 3 days of the meeting having been held.


 The Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, is producing educational video material for use on digital platforms and in multiple languages. The information contained in the videos is authenticated and endorsed by the team of experts based in the Department of Medicine. Many of the recommendations are based on current best evidence and are aligned to provincial, national and international guidelines. (View videos below)

Mask Safety

Intro, do's and don'ts
Personal Protective Equipment
Flattening the Curve


Friday, 29 May 2020
Production of safe, affordable bottle spacers ramped up

With lung and respiratory health front of mind as the province’s COVID-19 cases rise, comes good news from a University of Cape Town (UCT) team of biomedical engineering alumni. They have designed a rig to ramp up safe production of the bottle spacers that administer metred dosages of medicine to asthmatics and those with shortness of breath.

Publication Date:
Wed, 13 May 2020 - 13:45
Investigating microbiome in men with STIs

A paper recently published in BMC Microbiology provides insight into the connection between microbiome and two sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – human papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV infections – among South African men. The paper is authored by Dr Harris Onywera, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Pathology, in collaboration with the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain.  

Publication Date:
Wed, 13 May 2020 - 12:00
Four of UCT’s best now 2020 FLAIR fellows

Four young researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been selected to form part of the 2020 cohort of Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) fellows. These fellowships are awarded to talented African early-career researchers whose work is focused on solving the needs of the continent.

Publication Date:
Mon, 11 May 2020 - 14:15
‘Our bodies love rhythm and routine’: Why sleep is your bestie

If you’ve never thought about the quality of your sleep and its deeper implications, Dr Dale Rae’s research offers compelling glimpses into how sleep affects health, mental health – and even performance among sportspeople and competitive computer gamers. Rae heads the Chronobiology and Sleep Laboratory in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She spoke with Helen Swingler about her work and why sleep is our best friend in anxious times.

Publication Date:
Fri, 08 May 2020 - 13:30