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Three student groups to return to campus in phased approach
Fri, 15 May 2020 - 09:45

Three groups of students – final-year medical students, academically vulnerable students and those needing to access campus labs to complete their 2020 studies – will be the first to return to campus in a phased process, Professor Loretta Feris said during yesterday’s online special assembly hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng.

‘Let science be in service of society’
Thu, 14 May 2020 - 13:00

Keep calm and wash your hands. Cover your cough. Stay home. These essential tips are critical to stave off the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and have also been included in a range of COVID-19 resources, produced by the Knowledge Translation Unit (KTU) at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Lung Institute, in a collective effort to educate low- and middle-income communities on COVID-19. 

Production of safe, affordable bottle spacers ramped up
Wed, 13 May 2020 - 13:45

With lung and respiratory health front of mind as the province’s COVID-19 cases rise, comes good news from a University of Cape Town (UCT) team of biomedical engineering alumni. They have designed a rig to ramp up safe production of the bottle spacers that administer metred dosages of medicine to asthmatics and those with shortness of breath.

Investigating microbiome in men with STIs
Wed, 13 May 2020 - 12:00

A paper recently published in BMC Microbiology provides insight into the connection between microbiome and two sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – human papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV infections – among South African men. The paper is authored by Dr Harris Onywera, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Pathology, in collaboration with the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain.  

Four of UCT’s best now 2020 FLAIR fellows
Mon, 11 May 2020 - 14:15

Four young researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been selected to form part of the 2020 cohort of Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) fellows. These fellowships are awarded to talented African early-career researchers whose work is focused on solving the needs of the continent.

‘Our bodies love rhythm and routine’: Why sleep is your bestie
Fri, 08 May 2020 - 15:00

If you’ve never thought about the quality of your sleep and its deeper implications, Dr Dale Rae’s research offers compelling glimpses into how sleep affects health, mental health – and even performance among sportspeople and competitive computer gamers. Rae heads the Chronobiology and Sleep Laboratory in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She spoke with Helen Swingler about her work and why sleep is our best friend in anxious times.

‘Our bodies love rhythm and routine’: Why sleep is your bestie
Fri, 08 May 2020 - 13:30

If you’ve never thought about the quality of your sleep and its deeper implications, Dr Dale Rae’s research offers compelling glimpses into how sleep affects health, mental health – and even performance among sportspeople and competitive computer gamers. Rae heads the Chronobiology and Sleep Laboratory in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She spoke with Helen Swingler about her work and why sleep is our best friend in anxious times.

Royal Society recognises fungal infection researcher
Thu, 07 May 2020 - 13:15

The Royal Society, the oldest observed scientific academy, is an expansive Fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists. And Adjunct Member of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), Prof Gordon Brown, has been elected as a Fellow.

 

COVID-19: Considerations, controversies and challenges in South Africa
Wed, 06 May 2020 - 14:45

Celebrated University of Cape Town (UCT) researcher Professor Keertan Dheda recently co-authored an article on the approaches, techniques and controversies associated with the diagnosis of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Why Africa is making masks mandatory
Wed, 06 May 2020 - 13:00

Many countries, including South Africa and Nigeria in Africa, are moving to make it mandatory to wear non-medical cloth masks when people are outside their homes. The move is seen as a vital additional measure to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19.

COVID-19: Help a click away for struggling young moms
Mon, 04 May 2020 - 14:30

Enforced isolation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded already high rates of perinatal depression and anxiety among many new and young mothers in low- and middle-income communities. But the recently launched platform Messages for Mothers (M4M) by the Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) , based at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, is changing that.

SHAWCO Health serving communities
Fri, 01 May 2020 - 09:30

Despite the regular activities of SHAWCO Health being curtailed as a result of the pandemic, the student-led organisation has used this as an opportunity to assist communities. SHAWCO President Sana Salduker said, “SHAWCO has a history of being present and useful during difficult times, and we hope to continue this during the national lockdown”.

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