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UCT first university to adopt global ethics code
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 - 11:45

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Senate has adopted the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC). The code, which is directed at all research disciplines from bioscience to zoology, emphasises close collaboration between partners in the global north and south through all stages of research. It was developed over the past four years by TRUST, a collaborative EU-funded project, with UCT as a key partner.

Gary Maartens awarded NRF A-rating
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 - 10:00

Professor Gary Maartens is both head of clinical pharmacology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a chief specialist physician at Groote Schuur Hospital. Earlier this year, South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) recognised his contribution to the field by awarding him an A rating.

SATVI wins Social Responsiveness Award
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 - 13:00

Established in 2001, the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) was presented with the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) 2018 Social Responsiveness Award at the Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony on Saturday, 13 April.

Common contraceptive could raise TB risk
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 - 11:00

A breakthrough study conducted by Professor Keertan Dheda and Dr Michele Tomasicchio, at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity, has revealed that one of South Africa’s most commonly-used injectable contraceptives could increase women’s chances of contracting tuberculosis (TB).

Cultivating a health-conscious community
Fri, 29 Mar 2019 - 14:15

The Gugulethu Sports Complex was a hive of activity yesterday as community members streamed in to participate in a fair with a difference – a first-of-its-kind Health and Wellness Fair, hosted by the people for the people.

Early-Career Researchers Showcase TB Work
Fri, 29 Mar 2019 - 10:45

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top 10 causes of death, globally. The World Health organisation’s (WHO) Global Tuberculosis Report released last year, estimates that in 2017, TB caused 1.3 million deaths among HIV-negative people, and there were an additional 300 000 deaths from TB among HIV-positive people.

SATVI: World TB Day 3 Peaks Challenge
Thu, 28 Mar 2019 - 11:00

For World TB Day 2019 (24 March 2019) the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) team tackled the World TB Day Three Peaks Challenge which entailed ascending up Devils Peak, Platteklip Gorge and Lions Head in one day, in a bid to raise awareness about Tuberculosis.

Miss SA helps break the TB stigma
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 - 14:15

Six months after revealing that she had beaten tuberculosis (TB), current Miss South Africa (SA) Tamaryn Green returned to the place where it all began: the University of Cape Town (UCT).

C-section risk 50 times higher for mothers in Africa
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 - 12:15

The maternal mortality rate following a C-section (caesarean section) in Africa may be 50 times higher than that in high-income countries, according to an observational study of more than 3 500 mothers from 22 African countries, published in The Lancet Global Health.

Community health workers critical in HIV battle
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 - 11:15

South Africa introduced a community-based primary health care programme in 2012. The aim of the programme, which includes a large HIV component, is to improve access to health care.

Inspiring the neurologists of tomorrow
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 - 11:15

“Our brains are the seat of our memory, of our past, our present and our future. They enable us to communicate with and understand the world, and to live life as sentient beings.”

Tackling TB one breath at a time
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 - 13:00

What roles do talking and breathing play in the spread of tuberculosis (TB)? How quickly does treatment prevent transmission of the infection? A University of Cape Town (UCT) research team has been awarded funding to answer these questions and in turn benefit the communities most affected by the disease.