Researchers from the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative, the universities of Stanford, Oxford and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, have shown that a blood test usually used to detect tuberculosis infection in adults, can predict the onset of tuberculosis disease in young children. This article features in the latest Lancet: Respiratory Medicine.
The Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT began a process of engagement between students, staff and management in 2016, which was at times tumultuous. Central to this engagement were a set of demands put forward by undergraduate students.
UCT medical students recently completed a research study on the nature and burden of food insecurity among attendees of the Vanguard Community Health Centre.
UCT’s Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine is finding out whether the genetic effects of altitude training can be used to isolate cases of doping in sport.
South Africa has some of the best laws guaranteeing women’s rights to safe abortions, but poor implementation is putting many women and girls at risk.
A UCT-led study used a new DNA-based test and a mobile van to detect an additional 50% of undiagnosed TB cases.
TB researchers suggest that urgent action, including rapid diagnosis, wider access to newer and repurposed drugs, and bolstering home-based care and building long term community stay facilities for patients are pivotal in addressing the rising transmission and infection rates of incurable TB.
A recent randomized controlled trial revealed that 53% more patients initiated therapy for tuberculosis (TB) after a new diagnostic tool (GeneXpert MTB/RIF) was used to screen for TB in more than 2 261 individuals in the community.
Former Durban man Kiran Mani is making waves in Cape Town, snapping up, among other awards, first prize for the best final-year results in medicine at UCT.
The world's first international research centre for tackling fungal infections, which kill around 1.3 million people globally every year, has been set up in South Africa by the University of Aberdeen in conjunction with UCT.
As 2016 draws to a close, we can be proud of the sterling work that continues to define our Faculty. It goes without saying that the engine room for this is in our offices, classrooms, clinics and laboratories. I am most appreciative of the calibre of colleagues and students we have in this Faculty, without whom we would not be able to achieve the level of excellence, innovation and impact that we have become associated with.
On Tuesday the 6th of December 2016 the Faculty bid ‘au revoir’ to a record 37 retirees who had over 700 combined years of service, one of whom had worked for UCT for 44 years. We thank them for their collective contributions to the work of the Faculty, and wish them all well in their new journey.