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Milestones and highlights from 2013 - November
09 December 2013
Prof Ed Sturrock
UCT scientists feature prominently in the Medical Research Council's merit awards: Emer Prof Eric Bateman (Lung Institute), receives a lifetime achievement award; Prof Keertan Dheda, (pulmonology) wins a gold medal; and Prof Kelly Chibale (chemistry) and Assoc Prof Graeme Meintjes (medicine) receive MRC Young Scientist Awards (silver medal).
UCT researchers working with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research devise an innovative solution for uninterrupted video streaming on mobile devices in Africa, touted to change the face of mobile usage across the continent. Algorithms adjust quality to match available bandwidth.
Oceanographer Dr Isabelle Ansorge is part of an international team that deploys deep-sea data collection instruments in the Atlantic Ocean to tell oceanographers how ice-cap melt is affecting the nature and flow of water between the North and South Atlantic Oceans.
A group of fourth-year medical students completes a study on the dangers of the hookah pipe, or hubbly bubbly. They find that the hookah masks a toxic cocktail of compounds (lead, arsenic, etc) and that sharing the pipe exposes users to herpes simplex, hepatitis and TB.
Biomedical engineer Dr Sudesh Sivarasu develops a 'smart glove' to help leprosy patients in India protect their digits and hands from injury as a result of nerve damage and sensory loss. Globally there are 232 000 new leprosy cases annually.
UCT alumni Devin de Vries and Chris Kind's free FindMyWay app is launched for smartphones, condensing information (route maps, departures, fares) about every mode of public transport in six major South African cities into one mahala application.
Two new UCT Fellows are welcomed: Profs Carolyn Williamson and Ed Sturrock (both of clinical laboratory sciences), as well as four recipients of the College of Fellows; Young Researcher Awards: Dr Andrew Hamilton (physics); Assoc Prof Landon Myer (infectious diseases epidemiology); Amanda Tiffin (jazz); and Dr Digby Warner (infectious disease and molecular medicine).