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Climate change played major role in UCT’s April 2021 wildfire - study
Climate change was largely responsible in weather conditions that contributed to the devastating runaway wildfire that gutted large parts of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) upper campus almost two years ago. And as global temperatures soar, wildfire weather conditions as severe as those seen on that fateful day are now 90% more likely to reoccur.
28 Feb 2023
UCT researcher honoured with two prestigious mental health global awards
Professor Petrus de Vries, from the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT) recently received two prestigious international awards for global research and capacity-building in child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health.
24 Feb 2023
Spatiality is critical for human development - study
Spatiality is a potential dimension of human development that needs to be incorporated into the traditional Human Development Index (HDI) because where one resides will most likely determine his or her human development outcomes, a University of Cape Town (UCT) study has found.
23 Feb 2023
Domestic violence during pregnancy linked to structural brain changes in babies
Domestic abuse against women during pregnancy can potentially have a significant impact on how the unborn baby’s brain develops, according to a new study.
21 Feb 2023
National Budget Speech 2023 - UCT expert list
The following academics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) can be contacted by the media for comment on the Budget Speech.
20 Feb 2023
Invite: UCT to host cutting edge human genetics research forum
The African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG) in partnership with the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Division of Human Genetic, Department of Pathology and the Wellcome Connecting Sciences Global Training Programme , is hosting a Young Investigators Research Forum (YIF) in human genetics where researchers in these fields from around the world will present their cutting-edge research as oral presentations and poster presentations.
20 Feb 2023
Breast cancer project provides lifeline for patients by fast-tracking treatment
A cancer project established to plug the gap by providing hope and care to cancer patients finding themselves in long public healthcare system queues, provides a life-saving service with a catch-up surgery programme that operates on Saturdays when theatre spaces are normally not used at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH). Clinicians are also providing their services pro bono.
17 Feb 2023
Access to vital form of contraception received by only 50% of women in Cape Town health facilities
Many women receiving antenatal care in public health services in Cape Town choose bilateral tubal ligation as their preferred method of postpartum contraception during their antenatal course. If the sterilisation does not occur immediately, these women are discharged on an alternative form of contraception and, ideally, an interval date for bilateral tubal ligation is arranged.
16 Feb 2023
Peri-urban Cape Town youth with HIV face social challenges contributing to increased risk of obesity
More than two fifths (41%) of adolescents and youth living with HIV (AYLHIV) across peri-urban Cape Town were found to have abdominal obesity, compared to rates for young people in the general South African population (13.7–22.1%). Various factors ranging from the food and built environment, community, family and individual level factors were found to be associated with abdominal obesity in this population.
15 Feb 2023
UCT expands executive short courses to bridge skills gap in labour market
The University of Cape Town (UCT) aims to help the workforce obtain relevant skills by expanding its more than 200 executive education short courses and open up further opportunities for study to school-leavers and recent graduates, as well as to drive continuous development among working professionals.
13 Feb 2023
Study shines spotlight on protecting mental health of elite cricketers
We don’t like cricket. We love it. This love for the sport though, comes at a price. Cricket is one of the world’s most demanding sport. Extensive travel and time away from home, different formats, and constant pressure to improve match statistics. The demands and challenges within cricket expose players to the risk of mental-ill health – specifically, anxiety and depression.
13 Feb 2023
Large-scale research provides analysis into SA’s socio-economic problems
The conclusion of the Research Project on Employment, Income Distribution and Inclusive Growth (REDI3X3) – a large-scale, multi-year research undertaking led by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) – provides an in-depth analysis of some of South Africa’s most pressing challenges; and how to fix them.
09 Feb 2023
New digital tools to enable UCT scientists prepare for malaria outbreaks in southern Africa
The Wellcome foundation has provided approximately R487-million to support global research to address urgent health threats brought about by climate change. This funding provides for 24 research teams in 12 countries around the world to develop innovative digital tools to model the relationship between climate change and infectious disease.
07 Feb 2023
UCT research directed at focusing on care for the elderly
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Elena Moore has been awarded a prestigious Wellcome Career Development Award that will bolster a unique five-year research programme that places older people in southern Africa at the top of its priority list.
02 Feb 2023
UCT researchers contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is currently in its Sixth Assessment cycle , during which the IPCC will produce the assessment reports of its three Working Groups, three special reports, a refinement to the methodology report and the synthesis report.
28 Feb 2022
UCT honours country’s top matriculants and first-year scholarship recipients
The University of Cape Town (UCT) recently rolled out the blue carpet when Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng honoured 17 of the country’s top matriculants, now UCT first-year students. Each has earned a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for their stellar results.
25 Feb 2022
Efficacious COVID-19 vaccines increase uptake, new global study finds
Despite the unprecedented progress in developing COVID-19 vaccines, global vaccination levels needed to reach herd immunity remain a distant target while new variants keep emerging. According to a new global study, this will change if efficacious vaccines are offered.
24 Feb 2022
An academic by day and actress by night - finance lecturer gets full professorship
To most people, drama and accounting may seem like two poles at opposite ends of the academic spectrum. However, for Professor Gizelle Willows the pursuit of both these passions has led to finding a niche in behavioural finance as well as attaining a number of career highlights. Most recently, she was promoted ad hominem to full professor at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) College of Accounting.
22 Feb 2022