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A chemical attraction
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 - 13:30

“I see molecules everywhere – in hair, in clothes, in everything. It  fascinates me that you can look at a molecule’s chemical structure and modify the bonds and structures to modify the properties of molecules. Then those new structures can be used for something terrible, like bombs, or for something wonderful, like foods and medicines.”

UCT student makes history in genetics
Wed, 04 Dec 2019 - 14:45

At the age of 27, University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD student Malebo Malope made history as the first black genetics counsellor in South Africa.

SA a world leader in HIV research
Wed, 04 Dec 2019 - 10:30

A new report charting global trends in HIV/AIDS research has identified South Africa as one of the global leaders in the field. The University of Cape Town (UCT) was also revealed to be the most influential institution, based on its global field-weighted citation impact.

The Oliver Tambo Fellowship Programme (OTF), a South African health leadership and management development programme, celebrates 25 years!
Mon, 02 Dec 2019 - 12:00

The Oliver Tambo Fellowship Programme (commonly known as the OTF), celebrates 25 years of contributing to capacity development of health management and leadership in the health sector. This milestone was celebrated at a gathering of alumni, partners, colleagues and friends and current and past OTF staff at a celebration to mark this special event in November 2019. 

Healthcare for all is possible
Fri, 29 Nov 2019 - 14:30

South Africa faces “enormous challenges”, but attaining widespread access to quality healthcare is not unrealistic – provided solid short-to-medium and long-term plans are enforced effectively. But not before deliberating a set of serious questions and coming up with solutions to them first.

Brain injury and infection in children
Thu, 28 Nov 2019 - 14:30

Dr Ursula Rohlwink joined the University of Cape Town (UCT) Division of Neurosurgery in 2009. Since then, her work has focused on children with traumatic brain injury and the neuro-infection tuberculous (TB) meningitis, which comes about when the TB bacterium infects the central nervous system’s membranes.

HIV factor in kidney transplants: research sheds new light on risks
Wed, 27 Nov 2019 - 14:00

South Africa has one of the highest incidences of HIV in the world. More than 7 million people in the country are living with HIV. This high prevalence rate has led scientists in the country to explore solutions for a wide range of clinical problems that HIV-positive patients face, including end stage kidney failure.

UCT – A global leader in HIV research
Wed, 27 Nov 2019 - 11:45

The global information analytics business, Elsevier, has released a report “based on global field-weighted citation impact” that has the University of Cape Town (UCT) coming out tops.

Inside growing brains
Fri, 22 Nov 2019 - 14:15

Recent growth in availability of safe and non-invasive techniques for visualising the brain has had a huge impact on how we study children’s brains. UCT researchers Professor Kirsty Donald and Professor Ernesta Meintjes explain what they have learnt about how young brains develop in high-risk contexts.

Women in Global Health
Fri, 22 Nov 2019 - 13:15

Silindile Ngcobo, a PhD candidate in biomaterials at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Cardiovascular Research Unit in the Department of Surgery, recently took part in the 2019 Women in Global Health Conference (WLGH) in Rwanda.

The dead teach in a universal language
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 - 14:30

MC was not much older than Joseph Lichtman when they met. Still muscular, he’d been a powerful man once. Later, Lichtman noticed the callused ridges between his palms and fingers and the nicotine-stained fingertips. Among his tattoos were the signatures of prison life.

Tackling HIV: one haircut at a time
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 - 12:15

Launched in July this year, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation’s Amajita Tutu Truck gave 50 men in Philippi free HIV tests on International Men’s Day on 19 November – and complimentary haircuts, thanks to a collaboration with Legends Barbershop.