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Genetic detective: case of the neural crest
Fri, 18 Oct 2019 - 12:00

A new paper published by Dr Dorit Hockman, a developmental biologist based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), uses the most primitive living vertebrate – the lamprey – as a genetic time machine.

Medicines for Africans by Africans
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 - 14:30

Africa accounts for 15% of the global population and 25% of the global disease burden, yet the discovery and development of medicines that end up in Africa has historically only happened in the global north. It is time for the situation to change, says Professor Kelly Chibale, director and founder of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D.

Scrub Run raises over R200 000
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 - 14:15

The 10-kilometre peace run in aid of the Weekend Waiting List Initiative at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital has raised more than R200 000 for the worthy programme, far surpassing the target of R150 000.

Breaking barriers to a cure for HIV
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 - 14:30

An international, collaborative study involving University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers has revealed an unexpected finding that could lead to better therapies towards reducing the HIV reservoir, a major barrier to developing a cure for HIV. The reservoir consists of viral DNA that survives hidden in the body even after indefinite treatment with antiretrovirals.

UCT researchers honoured by ASSAf & SAYAS
Fri, 11 Oct 2019 - 12:45

Three University of Cape Town (UCT) professors have been elected to stand among South Africa’s leading scholars and scientists as members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), while a UCT associate professor joined the ranks of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).

SA’s 92% mental health treatment gap
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 - 15:00

South Africa has taken steps towards strengthening mental health care in the last 20 years. These include reforming the Mental Health Care Act 2002 and developing a National Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Plan 2013–2020.

Status epilepticus: New research on failing meds
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 - 13:30

A new paper by University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers and their international co-authors has explained why patients experiencing unrelenting epileptic seizures, or status epilepticus, stop responding to first-line medication benzodiazepine.

We did the sums on South Africa’s mental health spend. They’re not pretty
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 - 14:45

South Africa has taken steps towards strengthening mental health care in the last 20 years. These include reforming the Mental Health Care Act 2002 and developing a National Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Plan 2013–2020.

UCT hosts Sign Language seminar
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 - 14:30

The 2019 South African Sign Language Interpreting in Higher Education Seminar hosted by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Office for Inclusivity and Change (OIC) and Disability Service will take place on campus this month.

The Silent Tutor- Donating your body for science
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 - 13:45

Although 3D programmes are fantastic for studying anatomy, it doesn't replace the real thing, the students need to deconstruct the body - hold and explore - that is the best way for them to learn.

Women taking science to the streets
Tue, 01 Oct 2019 - 12:15

On Saturday, 28 September, visitors to the V&A Waterfront passing through the Pier Head square were treated to a truly intriguing sight: a diverse array of dynamic women in white lab coats sharing their scientific research with passers-by.

Decoding genomes to improve Africa’s health
Mon, 30 Sep 2019 - 14:15

No two people are alike, so why should their medication be? This is the question that drives the work being done by Professor Collet Dandara and his Pharmacogenomics and Drug Metabolism Research Group (PharmGx) at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

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