On Africa Day, which is commemorated on 25 May each year, we are encouraged to celebrate our diverse and exuberant continent. The day marks the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, which became the African Union (AU) in July 2002.
The recent acquisition of a portfolio of key life sciences patents, promises to push cancer biotechnology research at the University of Cape Town (UCT) to new heights under the leadership of Professor Stefan Barth.
The formation of the Patient Partner Programme, an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to addressing several gaps in the health sciences communication curriculum, has made significant headway with its “dynamic” approach to teaching and learning.
This is a stressful time of year for many students, and finding a balance between studying and self-care will go some way towards easing your worries. However, if you need help to cope with the stress, it is available in the form of 24/7 phone counselling and at the various walk-in centres on campus.
On Saturday 4 May 2019, UCT hosted its annual Open Day. The event saw thousands of eager high school learners accompanied by teachers, guardians and parents, mill around UCT’s Upper campus to see what UCT had to offer. The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) was a popular choice.
The father of the nation, former president Nelson Mandela, once described South Africa’s fight for liberation as “the titanic effort” that helped to ensure the “liberation of Africa”. As the continent observes Africa Month in May, and Africa Day on 25 May, Africans across the spectrum will mark this long battle for freedom, not just for South Africa, but for all of Africa.
The exorbitant costs of cancer drugs make it difficult for public and private health care systems to provide the latest treatments to patients. If this trend continues it will become increasingly difficult for patients to access basic cancer treatment, let alone the new generation of immunotherapy drugs.
With a growing disease burden, economic volatility and the potential of people living past 200 years of age, there is no doubt that global healthcare is entering uncharted territory. A new initiative by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Surgical Society is offering students from across faculties the opportunity to join forces to help plot a new course for South Africa’s healthcare system by coming up with innovative solutions to some of the deeply-entrenched systemic problems.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Senate has adopted the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC). The code, which is directed at all research disciplines from bioscience to zoology, emphasises close collaboration between partners in the global north and south through all stages of research. It was developed over the past four years by TRUST, a collaborative EU-funded project, with UCT as a key partner.
Professor Gary Maartens is both head of clinical pharmacology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a chief specialist physician at Groote Schuur Hospital. Earlier this year, South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) recognised his contribution to the field by awarding him an A rating.