News & Publications




Potential harm in acting before there’s ‘good science’
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 - 14:00

An international team of doctors and researchers recently responded to a preprint study on the use of hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019). The response identifies multiple issues with the study’s design and data. One of the co-authors of the response is the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Kate Webb.

Creating a comfortable home workspace
Tue, 07 Apr 2020 - 14:45

Sitting on a lumpy cushion working at your coffee table during lockdown? At the kitchen counter or on your bed? Suzanne Key, occupational health nurse practitioner at the University of Cape Town’s Safety, Health and Environmental unit in Properties and Services, has assisted with a guide to set up your workspace at home and avoid the hunchback syndrome. It’s about simple health and safety routines and practical ergonomics.

COVID-19 101: Q&A with Prof Ed Rybicki
Mon, 06 Apr 2020 - 15:30

In times of crisis, the human imagination tends to fluctuate between two extremes: being employed as a powerful tool for survival or wielded as a toxic weapon of destruction. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the globe, leaving economic and social c

Developing a vaccine for COVID-19
Mon, 06 Apr 2020 - 14:30

As COVID-19 infection and morbidity rates increase around the globe, a number of companies and academic institutions have entered the race to develop a vaccine to protect us from the lethal virus. Creating a vaccine is, however, a complex process and could take several months, if not years.

SA to start enrolling patients in landmark Covid-19 trial
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 - 14:30

South African researchers are poised to start enrolling patients in an international clinical trial launched by the World Health Organisation which will compare the safety and effectiveness of four different drugs or drug combinations against COVID-19.

‘Overwhelming’ student response to man COVID-19 hotline
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 - 14:30

Over 100 student members of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences student societies have volunteered to man the COVID-19 hotline at the Tygerberg Hospital Disaster Management Centre.

SHAWCO’s COVID-19 info and soap outreach
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 - 12:00

The health division of the Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO) was hard at work disseminating COVID-19 information pamphlets and soap in local townships before the 21-day lockdown – with an aim to curb the rise of coronavirus infections – began at midnight on 26 March.

UCT condemns fake WhatsApp message
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 - 14:00

The University of Cape Town distances itself from misleading audio messages about the COVID-19 pandemic which have been circulating on WhatsApp.

COVID-19 and how to manage your mental health
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 - 11:15

As a result of the global outbreak of COVID-19, many are struggling to adjust to what will be our “new normal” for the foreseeable future: social distancing (or social solidarity), self-isolation, quarantine and, following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent address, a 21-day nationwide lockdown.

Lessons from the HIV and AIDS pandemic
Tue, 24 Mar 2020 - 18:15

Ralph Kretzen, who died on 26 August 1982, and Pieter Daniël (Charles) Steyn, who died on 1 January 1983, were the first two people officially recognised as dying of AIDS in South Africa.

Career Development Workshop a success
Tue, 24 Mar 2020 - 13:00

Hosted earlier this month the workshop offered postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to engage with industry experts on preparing for the working world. For a good start to this year  a Career Development Workshop was hosted between the 5th and 6th of March. 

Best paper award for UCT TB vaccine research
Tue, 24 Mar 2020 - 12:15

The International Society for Vaccines (ISV) has selected a publication in which the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Mark Hatherill, Professor Robert Wilkinson, Professor Tom Scriba, Dr Michèle Tameris and Dr Friedrich Thienemann (Faculty of Health Sciences) played a key role, as the best paper of the year for 2019.