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UCT young researchers selected for prestigious fellowship to contribute to Science in Africa
Four young researchers from 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.
15 May 2020
COVID-19 disruption will lead to 28 million surgeries being cancelled worldwide – 146 000 in South Africa
Over 28 million elective surgeries across the globe could be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – leading to patients facing a lengthy wait for their health issues to be resolved, a new study reveals.
14 May 2020
Racist social media remarks by UCT staff member unacceptable
The University of Cape Town notes and firmly condemns a series of social media remarks by a staff member of the institution. UCT deplores in the strongest way possible any act, conduct or statement of a racist nature by a university staff member or student. The university has a zero-tolerance stance towards racism and emphasises that racism– like all other forms of discrimination – has no place in the UCT community or anywhere else in our society.
13 May 2020
Discovery of rhodoliths: coral-like structures that offer food and shelter for marine animals
A team of scientists, including a group from UCT, have discovered a bed of rhodoliths – free-living, coral-like structures that offer food, shelter and nursery space for marine animals – in the newly proclaimed Amathole Offshore Marine Protected Area off South Africa’s east coast. This underwater environment is the first of its kind found in South Africa’s ocean.
13 May 2020
UCT student’s smart UVC sanitiser has multi applications
UCT electrical engineering student Rowyn Naidoo is finalising the design of an affordable, smart short-wavelength ultraviolet-C light system that disinfects surfaces, the air and large rooms – and even face masks, making them reusable. The research is in response to Professor Amit Mishra’s challenge to engineering students to design devices to help counter COVID-19.
12 May 2020
Inclusive new economy must prioritise citizens with disabilities
When President Cyril Ramaphosa detailed a R500 billion relief package for the nation under threat of COVID-19, he also said that government would take the opportunity to build an inclusive new economy. Riding on this are the hopes of thousands of citizens with disabilities – 7.5% of the population.
11 May 2020
The lockdown effects on sleep patterns and cognitive function
A consortium of researchers from UCT, Wits and Rhodes universities are investigating the effects of the lockdown on daily routine as it relates to lifestyle behavioural factors (sleep, physical activity, work, meal timing, screen time, etc) and associations with anxiety and depression.
11 May 2020
UCT’s contribution to expansion of South Africa’s social assistance programme during COVID-19
A University of Cape Town research into the socio-economic conditions of poor and vulnerable South Africans during the COVID-19 pandemic has been instrumental in convincing the government to expand the current social protection system.
07 May 2020
Buy the Baxter a cup of coffee – a fundraising campaign
The Baxter Theatre based at UCT has had to stop operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown.
06 May 2020
How stokvels manage their activities outside courts, UCT study finds
The South African stokvel sector is massive and controls vast financial resources. It holds an estimated R49.5 billion in member savings and has some 11.6 million participants. Stokvels are part of the informal economy and as such are largely beyond the reach of the law.
06 May 2020
Platform launched to help young mothers struggling during COVID-19
The Messages for Mothers platform launched by the Perinatal Mental Health Project is a one-stop online resource developed in response to COVID-19 and the lack of targeted messaging for vulnerable mothers who are concerned for their children, families and themselves.
05 May 2020
Inspiring young scientist selected for international leadership initiative
A University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD student working in the field of drug discovery has been selected for the 2019 CAS Future Leaders Program, one of the most prestigious and fiercely contested leadership programmes in the world.
31 May 2019
Collaboration is key for research on the African continent
Researchers on the African continent are facing the kinds of struggles that become predictable in under-resourced institutions, an Africa Day Mini-Symposium held recently at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences heard. The symposium focused on the opportunities and challenges in capacity-development experienced by researchers on the continent.
31 May 2019
Birds prefer to live in luxury than in poor areas, study finds
A unique study of birdlife in South African cities has found that birds prefer wealthy areas to poorer ones but will move out if things get too cramped. The study was conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Turin, Italy and the Universities of Cape Town (UCT) and the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Their findings were published this week in the international journal of Global Change Biology.
31 May 2019
Immunity against infection extends beyond breastfeeding period - new study
Mothers can transfer life-long protection against infection to their infants by breastfeeding. This was the finding from new research in mice by an international team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
29 May 2019
Online platform launched to improve legal research in Africa
An online platform that is aimed at improving access to case law in Africa has been launched by the African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII) and the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The online research platform searches case law across 14 African jurisdictions and 250 000 cases, offering a machine learning generated summary and a graphical representation of the links between judgements.
29 May 2019
UCT granted first-of-its-kind full membership on global cybersecurity body
The University of Cape Town's (UCT) focus on cybersecurity has seen the institution being honoured as the first academic institution in Africa to be granted full membership of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the recognised global leader in incident response.
28 May 2019
UCT spearheads new technologies for life-saving cancer treatment
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has acquired a portfolio of key life sciences patents to develop innovative treatments for human cancers.
27 May 2019