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Growing Africa’s genetic ‘library of life’
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 - 12:00

The untapped potential of DNA technology to significantly boost healthcare in Africa, including the acceleration of diagnosis and treatment of threats like HIV and tuberculosis, substantiates the urgent need for focused investment in genomics.

Out-of-the-box thinker wins a Premier’s Award
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 - 11:00

The year was 1986. South Africa was in a State of Emergency – strikes, mass protests and school boycotts in solidarity with the struggle for liberation were common. Against this turbulent backdrop, a young black woman from Benoni on the East Rand had made the cut to study medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and was on her way to the Mother City.

How DNA technology can provide immediate benefits for healthcare in Africa
Tue, 12 Mar 2019 - 08:00

Although there is increasing evidence of participation of African scientists in genomics research, there is little evidence of its major impact in practice.

International Women's day: Prof. Karen Sliwa, putting maternal health on the global scale
Fri, 08 Mar 2019 - 13:45

Prof. Karen Sliwa, president World Heart Federation and director Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa  puts maternal health on the global scale.

Austrian honour for renowned UCT heart surgeon
Fri, 01 Mar 2019 - 09:45

Professor Peter Zilla, head of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Chris Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, has been awarded Austria’s highest national accolade, the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.

UCT back in top 10 for development studies
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 - 12:45

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has moved up two places to reclaim its position in the top 10 in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject – placing among the top 100 universities in a total nine disciplines.

Art, science and psyche meet at UCT
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 - 09:00

Contemporary Cape Town artist and University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Natasja de Wet will exhibit a selection of her latest body of work, Melancholia (2017), at the Pathology Learning Centre from 9 to 30 March.

Pioneering ‘new science’ in Masiphumelele
Mon, 25 Feb 2019 - 11:30

At the age of five, 20% of children in Masiphumelele are already infected with tuberculosis (TB). When these children enter high school, about half are infected with TB. By the time they become young adults, the infection rate has increased to roughly 80%.

Health care in Malawi should include a focus on men
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 - 12:45

Policymakers, donors and international agencies have, for decades, emphasised the need to prioritise women’s health services – for their own health as well as their children’s. While there is an increasing awareness of – and concern about – the fact that men’s health has been neglected, global money, international and national priorities continue to focus on the health of women and children.

Breaking down silos to optimise health care
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 - 12:45

Imagine bringing the best of all academic disciplines, artistic creations, activist experience and health care knowledge to bear on understanding and addressing current health care concerns. Rather than silos of people working in their specific areas of interest, imagine collaborations committed to listening and learning from all participants.

SAX Appeal 2019
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 - 07:45

Staying true to the University of Cape Town (UCT) tradition, first-year student volunteers took to the streets of Cape Town yesterday to sell the 86th edition of the SAX Appeal magazine. All funds raised from magazine sales go to swell the charity coffers of the Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO), which focuses on improving health and education in disadvantaged areas of greater Cape Town. 

Women making their mark in science
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 - 07:45

Each year on February 11, the United Nations marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. It’s a chance to reflect on how the situation has improved for women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and how much remains to be done.