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Candidate tuberculosis (TB) vaccine can prevent active pulmonary TB in HIV-negative adults in phase II study
The New England Journal of Medicine this week published the primary results of an ongoing phase IIb clinical trial testing the candidate tuberculosis vaccine M72/AS01E. This analysis shows that M72/AS01E significantly reduced the incidence of pulmonary tuberculosis disease in HIV-negative adults who were already infected with latent TB at the time of vaccination. The results demonstrate an overall vaccine efficacy of 54%, with varied response rates observed in different demographic sub-groups. The candidate vaccine had an acceptable safety and reactogenicity profile.
28 Sep 2018
UCT's d-school is one of eight global pioneers in design thinking
The Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has been recognised together with eight other global institutions as pioneers of design thinking, for doing things differently and for moving education forward in innovative, interesting and important ways.
28 Sep 2018
Sarah Baartman sculpture reignites art dialogue at UCT
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is running an exhibition as part of an ongoing process and dialogue about the display of artworks at the university, with the intention of creating a more open and inclusive space. The Sarah Baartman sculpture by Willie Bester is being exhibited alongside a sound installation featuring a poem by Diana Ferrus, images and other artwork in an exhibition entitled Sarah
27 Sep 2018
UCT climbs 15 places to remain top African institution in the THE rankings
The University of Cape Town (UCT) remains Africa's top institution after climbing 15 places in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
26 Sep 2018
UCT researcher questions when predictable patterns in stock markets can imply profitability
New research argues that although there are similar and repeated patterns of information detectable in both low and high-frequency financial market data in South African markets, predictability does easily imply profitability without large-scale asymmetric market access.
26 Sep 2018
UCT team helping to build a solar powered house for international competition
Three University of Cape Town (UCT) lecturers are part of the only team representing sub Saharan Africa in an international competition to design and build a fully functional, modular, net-zero-energy house in Stellenbosch. The competition, Solar Decathlon, takes place in Morroco next year.
25 Sep 2018
Using computers to improve lives
A digital communication project that empowers previously disadvantaged women to create their own maternal health educational content, then share it among one another has won a University of Cape Town (UCT) academic and her international peers the prestigious National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Challenge grant.
17 Sep 2018
UCT's new policy puts sharp focus on sexual diversity
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has officially launched its Inclusivity Policy for Sexual Orientation. The policy promotes UCT's commitment towards a culture that has zero-tolerance towards all forms of discrimination and aims to ensure consistent engagement between students and staff and create an environment that respects and celebrates inclusion of sexually diverse staff and students on campus.
07 Sep 2018
New UCT study shows that coal sector is in a state of crisis
A new University of Cape Town (UCT) study into the coal transition in South Africa has revealed that the country's coal sector, both coal mining and coal-fired electricity, is in a state of crisis. Rising input costs and energy insecurity have made coal increasingly less competitive for electricity generation and could place thousands of jobs at risk.
05 Sep 2018
UCT academic bags special national award for outstanding contribution to science in South Africa
Professor Renee Kraan-Korteweg flew the flag with distinction for the University of Cape Town (UCT) when she won the Minister's Special Award at the South African Women in Science Awards (SAWISA) 2018. Each year the national Department of Science and Technology honours women who make a significant contribution to science and research.
04 Sep 2018
Mental illness and economic factors linked to violence against pregnant women in low-income settings - UCT study
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in South Africa is a silent public health epidemic and is often referred to as the
03 Sep 2018