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CANSA Shavathon
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 12:45

Every year UCT medical students shave or spray their hair to raise awareness for cancer research and those living with the disease. This year the annual Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) Shavathon took place in the CANSA-funded laboratory in the Faculty of Health Sciences on Thursday, 1 March. Robyn Walker was there to capture the colourful event.

Shave or spray in solidarity
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 11:15

The Health Sciences campus will, once more, play host to the annual CANSA Shavathon. The 2018 theme, Loud in Colour, is a clarion call for South Africans to either shave, spray or donate to show solidarity with those affected by cancer.

SHAWCO: 75 years of giving back
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 11:15

The Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO) turns 75 this July. In recognition of this milestone, the organisation has launched a fundraising drive to continue its efforts to promote the health and education of the community.

Press release: Results from innovative tuberculosis vaccine trial show potential
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 11:45

Results from innovative tuberculosis vaccine trial show potential for new BCG revaccination strategies and hope for subunit vaccines.

Grant drives genomic research
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:30

The African Academy of Sciences is awarding US$11 million to four leading African researchers to accelerate the use of genomics to better understand how the environment and human genes influence the susceptibility of Africans to certain diseases and their response to treatment.

UCT scientists drive genomics research in tackling diseases endemic to Africa
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 08:45

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Hearing Impairment Genetics Studies in Africa has been awarded grant funding by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) for cutting-edge research. The research offers the potential to identify genes that cause non-syndromic hearing loss – loss of hearing that is not associated with other signs and symptoms.

Why do brains seize?
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 15:15

Dr Joseph Raimondo was a recipient of the 2017 Claude Leon Merit Award. The prize recognises his work in understanding the mechanisms that prevent seizures from stopping on their own.

Open up access to advance healthcare
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 09:00

Within a context categorised by an already small emergency medicine research output, one in six African emergency care publications is inaccessible to African researchers.

Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UCT FHS and University of Antananarivo (UA), Faculty of Medicine
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 09:30

On 30 January, 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding between UCT FHS and University of Antananarivo (UA), was signed. The MOU focuses on continued collaboration in the development of under and postgraduate Occupational Therapy education in Madagascar.

Prioritizing cancer
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 14:15

The University of Cape Town will be hosting Prioritizing Cancer: The UCT Cancer Research Symposium on Saturday, 17 February.

Tackling the continent’s paediatrician deficit
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 14:15

UCT’s African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP), an initiative of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, was featured on CNN’s special feature Inside Africa in January 2018.

Newly-discovered TB blood signal provides early warning for at-risk patients
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 11:45

Tuberculosis can be detected in people infected with HIV via a unique blood signal before symptoms appear, according to a new study.