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Scaled up bioinformatics training to help scientists tackle continent’s urgent health challenges
Bioinformatics training is being delivered on an unprecedented scale throughout Africa to help scientists tackle some of the continent’s most urgent health challenges, thanks to a new collaboration between Wellcome Connecting Science and H3ABioNet , the Pan African Bioinformatics Network for the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa).
07 May 2021
UCT professor highlights the needs of autistic people in Africa
Founding director of the Centre for Autism Research in Africa (CARA) based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Professor Petrus de Vries, has called for autism researchers worldwide to work in closer partnership with families and communities and to build more capacity for autism research in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).
07 May 2021
Sub-Saharan Africa in desperate need of clinical haematologists
Sub-Saharan Africa faces a shortage of clinical haematologists. This urgently necessitates that more medical professionals embrace this branch of medicine and receive adequate training to specialise in this scarce skills area.
06 May 2021
Lessons from the pandemic in the words of Nobel Laureate Professor Abhijit Banerjee
With a pandemic underway, the daunting outlook of economic contraction on the horizon and rampant climate change, the world is facing hard times. What can economics teach us about recovery?
03 May 2021
One in five expectant women and new mothers in peri-urban areas experience suicidal thoughts, study reveals
One in five pregnant women and new mothers living in peri-urban areas investigated in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drakenstein Child Health Study (DCHS) are likely to experience suicidal thoughts. The study findings were recently published online in the Archives of Women's Mental Health , an international journal dedicated to female psychological health.
29 Apr 2021
Nobel laureate Prof Abhijit Banerjee to discuss how economics can be harnessed for the common good
In a lecture titled “Good Economics for Hard Times”, Professor Abhijit Banerjee, the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak on economic recovery in light of the ongoing pandemic.
26 Apr 2021
Response options should be at the center of climate risk assessment and management
A team of researchers from the Africa Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) led a global team of 21 climate risk scholars to better understand and inform decision making around climate change risks in Africa and globally by examining how the drivers of risk interact.
23 Apr 2021
UCT condemns fake fee statement shared on Twitter
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has noted a photoshopped image of what is claimed to be a university fee statement shared on Twitter. UCT confirms that this is fake.
22 Apr 2021
UCT among top 200 in world university impact rankings against United Nations SDGs
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been placed in the top 101–200 band of the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, which – unlike other such international rankings – aims to assess the impact of higher education institutions against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
21 Apr 2021
UCT planning return of students to residences
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is planning for the return of students to university accommodation now that the fire that affected large parts of the Rondebosch campus on Sunday, 18 April is under control.
21 Apr 2021
UCT suspends academic programme till Friday
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has suspended the academic programme by a further three days until Friday, 23 April 2021.
20 Apr 2021
UCT assisting students affected by the fire on campus
The University of Cape Town has put emergency measures in place in order to respond to the fire on the Rondebosch campus on Sunday, 18 April.
18 Apr 2021
Update on Rhodes Memorial fire
All University of Cape Town (UCT) students are being evacuated from campus by emergency services support staff. They are being taken to pre-determined locations.
18 Apr 2021
Intestinal worm infections increases severity of STIs in females — research finds
New research has found that intestinal worm infections may put sub-Saharan Africa women at increased risk of sexually transmitted viral infections (STIs). The findings were published this week in the Cell Host and Microbe journal.
16 Apr 2021
Antibiotic resistance - ‘a faceless pandemic’, UCT scientist warns
The rapid increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria in South Africa and across the globe is driven by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in humans and food-producing animals, and poses a huge threat to modern medicine, warns University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Marc Mendelson, head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital.
15 Apr 2021
A blood test to find those at high risk of tuberculosis in people living with HIV
A new study has reported findings of a host blood test that can find those at high risk of tuberculosis (TB) in people living with HIV. The blood mRNA biomarker differentiated between people living with HIV who had active TB from those without TB and predicted which individuals would develop TB within 15 months.
14 Apr 2021
UCT professor appointed to head Law and Society Association’s global portfolio
University of Cape Town (UCT) law expert Professor Dee Smythe – a “pioneer in the field of law and society in Africa” – has been appointed as the Law and Society Association’s (LSA) inaugural coordinator of global activities (CGA).
14 Apr 2021
Response to the Sunday Independent’s article on the passing of a student
An article in The Sunday Independent (“Emergency council meeting as UCT crisis deepens”, 12 April 2021) attempts to draw a connection between the tragedy of a student’s death in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and a series of recent, unrelated events at the executive level of the University of Cape Town (UCT). In effect, a personal tragedy was hijacked to present a distorted view of the wider management landscape at UCT.
14 Apr 2021