News & Publications




UCT researcher’s COVID-19 dashboard expands globally
Thu, 28 May 2020 - 08:45

When confronted with crisis, it is often the simple solutions that resonate most deeply with people. Leen Remmelzwaal, a PhD candidate in computational neuroscience at the University of Cape Town (UCT), discovered this first-hand when a dashboard he designed to offer South Africans a comprehensive overview of the latest coronavirus statistics started gaining international traction.

A smartphone app to improve engagement in HIV care
Wed, 27 May 2020 - 08:45

With more than seven million HIV-infected citizens, South Africa has one of the largest and arguably most successful antiretroviral therapy programmes in the world. Continuous involvement in this programme has the potential to increase the life expectancy of those living with HIV by more than a decade. However, sustaining engagement along the HIV care continuum has proven challenging and there is the risk that many may disengage and be lost to follow-up care.

UCT’s two 2020 WEF Young Scientists
Tue, 26 May 2020 - 08:45

Every year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) selects an elite group of researchers under the age of 40 to participate in their Young Scientists programme. This year, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is represented by two brilliant women scientists. 

New multi-functional TB blood test validated
Mon, 25 May 2020 - 15:15

Researchers from the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), the Center for Global Infectious Disease Research – Seattle in the United States, and a large consortium of collaborators have developed a validated a new, simple blood-based test that has the potential to serve multiple functions in the fight against TB.

UCT celebrates Africa Day
Mon, 25 May 2020 - 11:00

“The evolution of humanity says that Africa reaffirms that she is continuing her rise from the ashes. Whatever the setbacks of the moment, nothing can stop us now! Whatever the difficulties, Africa shall be at peace.” – President Thabo Mbeki.

Phased return to campus planned
Tue, 19 May 2020 - 11:15

The University of Cape Townʼs (UCT) chief operating officer, Dr Reno Morar, has assured staff members that their return to work on campus will be done in a phased process that will be very organised and controlled.

COVID-19: a ‘teachable’ moment
Mon, 18 May 2020 - 11:15

As the University of Cape Town (UCT) enters the third week of emergency remote teaching and learning, the executive has committed to supporting both academics and students adapt to the new temporary learning methodology. 

Funding, return to labs critical to research
Mon, 18 May 2020 - 11:00

Research funding and a return of students to laboratories and studios were central to Professor Sue Harrison’s message during the online special assembly hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng on 14 May. Harrison is Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

SA’s Covid-19 response is hurting other health priorities
Sun, 17 May 2020 - 10:45

As a result of lockdown restrictions, children are suffering increasingly from preventable infectious diseases, including TB and measles, due to missed vaccinations.

COVID-19 could cancel 28 million surgeries
Fri, 15 May 2020 - 14:00

More than 28 million elective surgeries across the globe could be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to patients facing a lengthy wait for their health issues to be resolved. That is according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and including the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Three student groups to return to campus in phased approach
Fri, 15 May 2020 - 09:45

Three groups of students – final-year medical students, academically vulnerable students and those needing to access campus labs to complete their 2020 studies – will be the first to return to campus in a phased process, Professor Loretta Feris said during yesterday’s online special assembly hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng.

‘Let science be in service of society’
Thu, 14 May 2020 - 13:00

Keep calm and wash your hands. Cover your cough. Stay home. These essential tips are critical to stave off the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and have also been included in a range of COVID-19 resources, produced by the Knowledge Translation Unit (KTU) at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Lung Institute, in a collective effort to educate low- and middle-income communities on COVID-19.