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UCT’s academic reputation best on the continent
Wed, 19 Jun 2019 - 12:00

The University of Cape Town (UCT) remains the top university in Africa, according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings which saw UCT move up two places to 198th position, placing the institution among the top 20% of universities worldwide.

Tackling non-communicable diseases in Africa
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 - 12:15

Non-communicable diseases are the current leading cause of death worldwide. And the burden is increasingly shifting from developed to developing countries

SA ‘falling short’ on HIV prevention goals
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 13:30

South Africa’s struggle to meet its HIV treatment coverage goals, combined with strong evidence of reduced condom use, is key to the slow progress in achieving reduced HIV incidence, according to a new study released by the University of Cape Town (UCT) yesterday.

Tackling child safety on SA’s roads
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 - 14:00

Two University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers have joined forces, combining their diverse expertise in a bid to reduce child injuries and fatalities on South Africa’s roads.

Prof Mizrahi awarded Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship
Fri, 07 Jun 2019 - 12:30

Africa’s premier research fellowship has been awarded to Professor Mizrahi, director of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The award recognises Mizrahi as a preeminent scholar who has made an internationally significant contribution to the field of microbiology and tuberculosis (TB) research.

New ‘fully funded’ scholarship for top young researchers
Thu, 06 Jun 2019 - 14:45

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) new Vice-Chancellor Research Scholarship will fully support and develop the institution’s top young researchers to position them at the forefront of research into society’s most pressing challenges.

Professor Sebastian van As awarded 2018 Alan Pifer Award
Tue, 04 Jun 2019 - 12:15

Professor Sebastian van As, head of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trauma Unit, has won the 2018 Alan Pifer Research Award. The award recognises the important research Professor van As has conducted over the past 20 years into child safety in South Africa.

Africa Day: Collaboration key for research on the continent
Thu, 30 May 2019 - 14:45

Researchers on the continent are facing the kinds of struggles that become predictable in under-resourced institutions. This was one of the topics addressed at this month’s Africa Day Mini-Symposium held at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM). The Institute is based within the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Young UCT scientist selected for international leadership initiative
Wed, 29 May 2019 - 13:45

“Who knew a boy from rural Mansa, Zambia could come this far, stand a chance and become successful at opportunities like this?” These are the words of Dickson Mambwe, a University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD student working in the field of drug discovery, after recently being selected for the 2019 CAS Future Leaders Program.

Benefits of breastfeeding can last a lifetime
Wed, 29 May 2019 - 12:30

Mothers can transfer lifelong protection against infection to their infants by breastfeeding, says a new study by an international team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

The case against e-cigarettes
Tue, 28 May 2019 - 08:15

E-cigarettes are heavily promoted as a ‘healthy’ alternative to smoking tobacco, but they are potentially just as dangerous. Not only are they a gateway to real smoking, but their apologists make inaccurate claims and attempt to denigrate World Health Organisation research on the issue.

Celebrating Africa Month
Thu, 23 May 2019 - 08:30

On Africa Day, which is commemorated on 25 May each year, we are encouraged to celebrate our diverse and exuberant continent. The day marks the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, which became the African Union (AU) in July 2002.