News & Publications
50th anniversary of the first human heart transplant
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 08:00

This weekend UCT celebrates the 50th anniversary of the world’s first human heart transplant, which took place at Groote Schuur Hospital.

Your body is just your coat
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 16:00

Steven Williams is not what you’d expect from an anatomy teacher. In life he was a fireman, with stories to tell: babies brought out of burning shacks and climbing ladders eight storeys high to rescue fire victims. Even in death he found a way to give, donating his body to the medical school where he’s been teaching second- and third-year students the rudiments of anatomy.

Invest in children for sustainable development
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:45

Most of South Africa’s children are surviving, but too many are failing to achieve their full potential, which is costing the economy billions. Investing in children – particularly in violence prevention, networks of care, nutrition, education and inclusive services – would drive the next wave of social and economic transformation, boost gross domestic product, and secure a more sustainable future for everyone.

Mr South Africa launches new book
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 09:45

UCT alumnus, sports scientist and reigning Mr South Africa, Dr Habib Noorbhai, has published his first book, Heart, a guide to inspire people to live empowered, socially conscious lives. The book will be launched on 27 November.

Prof. Karen Sliwa receives Honorary Doctoral degree from Paris Diderot University
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 09:00

On the 18 October 2017, Prof. Karen Sliwa was awarded an Honorary Doctoral degree by Paris Diderot, Sorbonne University in recognition of the extensive work that she has done in South Africa, Africa and the world at large predominantly in the fields of Clinical and Pathophysiological research in Cardiovascular disease in pregnancy and post-partum.

UCT scientists strike blow against tuberculosis
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 11:45

Researchers have uncovered a sequence of biological processes that occur in humans infected with the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis as the infection progresses to pulmonary tuberculosis, according to new research published in the PLOS Pathogens Journal.

Heather Zar named 2018 Woman in Science Laureate
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:15

Professor Heather Zar has been announced as the 2018 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for Africa and the Arab States, in recognition of her wide-ranging contributions to child health, which have improved – and saved – children’s lives across the globe, as well as helping to shape international policy.

Health Sciences 24/7 study area
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:00

The Health Sciences Library will be creating a 24/7 study facility for 60 Health Sciences students with the space doubling up as a fully equipped training and event space during the day.

Top accolades for UCT researchers
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 09:15

Professor Valerie Mizrahi and Professor Carolyn Williamson have been awarded platinum and gold medals respectively by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).

Fogarty HIV-TB Training Program awarded to UCT with partners Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt Universities
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:00

The Fogarty HIV-associated Tuberculosis Training Program has been established at the University of Cape Town in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in the US. The Program is funded by a 5-year grant from the Fogarty International Center of the US National Institutes of Health.

CPUT Bulletin: Opticianry students get to grips with subject matter
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 14:15

In a first for both institutions, CPUT students studying towards a National Diploma in Optical Dispensing recently undertook a field trip to UCT’s Department of Human Biology.

Human cell researcher gets funding boost
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 14:00

Professor Musa Mhlanga has received a grant for funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to contribute to a global project to map all the cells in the human body.