News & Publications
HIV and TB testing sites start COVID-19 research
Wed, 17 Jun 2020 - 13:00

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) in association with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre (DTHC), an accredited research centre at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), has been working to accommodate and incorporate COVID-19 research and trials at its existing HIV and tuberculosis (TB) research sites.

Preparations for phased return to campuses progressing well
Mon, 15 Jun 2020 - 11:45

From Friday, 27 March 2020, university campuses in South Africa have been largely deserted, but in the wake of lockdown Level 3, some students and staff are being allowed back, with certain provisos.

COVID-19’s interaction with HIV and TB investigated
Mon, 15 Jun 2020 - 11:15

The HIATUS study, a research programme being launched by the Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa (CIDRI-Africa) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), will investigate the interaction between the COVID-19 pandemic and common endemic infectious diseases in the South African context.

Six UCT researchers are ‘Science Oscars’ finalists
Fri, 12 Jun 2020 - 08:30

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.

Ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 info
Thu, 11 Jun 2020 - 13:45

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.

When crisis cultivates collaboration
Wed, 10 Jun 2020 - 11:45

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.

Better probiotics for vaginal health
Tue, 09 Jun 2020 - 10:00

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: Collective experiences during a global pandemic
Mon, 08 Jun 2020 - 12:45

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.

UCT ranked among top 1.4% globally
Mon, 08 Jun 2020 - 11:00

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.

Epigenetic autism study breaks new ground
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 - 10:30

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.

Family Medicine Registrar making a difference in Manenberg
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 - 09:45

Supporting the Manenberg community in Cape Town, South Africa, amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

Return of final year medical students to clinical platform
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 - 09:15

 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.