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Celebrating Africa Month
Thu, 23 May 2019 - 08:30

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.

Laying foundations for precision cancer medicine
Wed, 22 May 2019 - 08:30

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.

Reshaping healthcare communication
Tue, 21 May 2019 - 11:30

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.

Breaking the exam stress cycle
Thu, 16 May 2019 - 11:15

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.

UCT Open Day 2019
Tue, 14 May 2019 - 14:00

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.

UCT graduates ‘highly sought after’
Mon, 13 May 2019 - 13:45

More than 50% of the University of Cape Townʼs (UCT) 2018–2019 graduate cohort are employed in South Africa’s private sector, with over 20% earning more than R20 000 a month.

Celebrating Africa’s Independence
Fri, 03 May 2019 - 12:30

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.

Tackling lupus from the ‘cathedral of science’
Tue, 30 Apr 2019 - 12:45

The Department of Paediatrics & Child Health’s Dr Kate Webb is the second recipient from the University of Cape Town (UCT) to be selected for the prestigious Crick African Network’s African Career Accelerator (CAN ACA) awards. During her two-year fellowship, Webb will explore ways to tackle lupus within African populations and contribute to the global knowledge base about the disease.

For developing countries in Africa immunotherapy solutions is important given the high cost of cancer drugs. Shutterstock
How we are developing immunotherapies relevant to Africa
Tue, 30 Apr 2019 - 09:30

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.

Students accelerating healthcare solutions
Mon, 29 Apr 2019 - 13:00

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.

UCT first university to adopt global ethics code
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 - 11:45

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.

Gary Maartens awarded NRF A-rating
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 - 10:00

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.