On 30 July 2020, the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) will host its 22nd annual awards event in partnership with South32. This year, six researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are among the finalists.
While reliable communication around COVID-19 is vital to curbing its spread, many people without ready access to data have been excluded from this knowledge – which could be instrumental in saving lives. This inspired Professor Salome Maswime, head of the Division of Global Surgery at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and her team to intervene with accessible digital solutions.
One way of viewing a crisis is as an opportunity to pursue and contribute to a better future. For Associate Professor Sudesh Sivarasu and his team of biomedical engineers at the University of Cape Town (UCT), COVID-19 has brought just that: the opportunity to serve the greater good through collaboration and sharing of knowledge.
Newly isolated strains of vaginal Lactobacillus bacteria perform better than those currently used in South African vaginal probiotics. This is according to recent research published by an international team led by the University of Cape Town (UCT). The findings could mean more effective treatment for bacterial vaginosis, and a lowered risk of adverse outcomes for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
COVID-19 has disrupted our lives. And while this is one of those rare and historical events that directly affect everyone around the globe, each person’s experiences and circumstances during these times are different. These snapshots chronicle our experiences of the pandemic.
Published today, the Center for World University Rankings’ (CWUR) list for 2020/21, which assesses 20 000 institutions globally, has ranked the University of Cape Town (UCT) as top on the continent, as well as 268th overall. This places UCT among the top 1.4% of universities globally.
When Dr Colleen O’Ryan embarked on an ambitious project to research the genes associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a cohort of South African children, she hardly expected the study to lead her right back to the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Chemical Pathology laboratory where her academic career started thirty years ago.
In less than a week, members of the Faculty, under the leadership of the Deanery, were tasked with rapidly developing a COVID- 19 preparedness course to prepare final year medical students for return to the clinical platform.