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New TB drug combination trial could lead to shorter treatment
A visit by the Bavarian State Chancellery and the Western Cape Government to the University of Cape Town’s Lung Institute (UCTLI) has highlighted a new trial involving BTZ-043 (benzothiazinone DprE1 blocker), a novel TB drug candidate.
24 May 2022
UCT Parasport Club hosts inaugural blind football workshop
For both seasoned and non-professional football players, getting a ball in the back of the net is no mean feat. It requires skill, agility and awareness of what’s going on around you – making it especially difficult for aspiring footballers with visual impairments to participate in the sport they love.
19 May 2022
UCT’s response to anonymous tweets
The University of Cape Town (UCT) notes with serious concern an alleged sexual assault incident raised through a series of anonymous tweets.
18 May 2022
Innovative student trio create giant fabric ‘intestine’ to promote recycling culture
A group of environmentally conscious University of Cape Town (UCT) students have created a giant 90 m sculpture on UCT’s upper campus plaza in a unique effort to increase awareness on the benefits of recycling and to inspire positive change among the campus community.
16 May 2022
UCT students among global young leaders in Antarctica Expedition tackling climate change
A sudden hailstorm at sea in the Antarctic while studying glaciers from a Zodiac inflatable would unnerve any adventurer. For the unseasoned visitor, rapid weather changes in the south polar region can be especially alarming, said University of Cape Town (UCT) humanities student Madina Mothupi.
16 May 2022
UCT part of global parenting initiative awarded more than R200 million by LEGO Foundation
The LEGO Foundation is awarding a £11 million (̴ R218 million) five-year grant to international research aimed at developing and providing free, evidence-based, playful parenting support to every parent all over the world.
13 May 2022
UCT to host World Conference on Research Integrity: Fostering research integrity in an unequal society
To optimally serve society, scientific research needs to be built on trust. The field of research integrity exists to ensure responsible research practices, so that society can trust the outcomes of research and researchers can trust each other to build upon existing research.
12 May 2022
Invite: Leveraging community and stakeholder perspectives on solutions to disaster risk management in the Cape Flats
The Future Water Institute at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is collaborating with three vulnerable Cape Flats communities (Delft, Overcome Heights and Sweet Home Farm), local and international academic institutions and non-profit organisations to address three inter-connected climate change induced environmental hazards, i.e., drought-related water shortages and poor water quality; frequent flooding; and large-scale recurrent fire outbreaks.
10 May 2022
UCT graduates awarded prestigious Gates Cambridge scholarship for 2022
University of Cape Town (UCT) graduates, Sanjiv Ranchod and Kiah Johnson have been awarded the 2022 Gates Cambridge scholarship – considered one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships.
05 May 2022
Webinar: Ground-breaking study maps fight against information disorder in the Global South
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Film and Media Studies and the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies invite you to a webinar on information disorder on Friday, 6 May 2022.
05 May 2022
SA healthcare workers lack critical knowledge on new ARV drug
A concerning number of healthcare workers (HCWs) in South Africa lack sufficient understanding of how the antiretroviral (ARV) drug dolutegravir (DTG) interacts with medicines prescribed to treat tuberculosis (TB), diabetes and epilepsy. This knowledge gap could result in largescale, dire ramifications for people living with HIV.
04 May 2022
UCT's Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance signs five-year partnership with United Nations college
The University of Cape Town (UCT) through its Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will guide cooperation between the institutions over the next five years.
03 May 2022
The 20-week tobacco sales ban of 2020 greatly disrupted the cigarette market - UCT study
A recently published paper in Nicotine and Tobacco Research found that the 20-week ban on the sale of cigarettes in 2020 greatly disrupted the cigarette market in South Africa. Despite the fact that the sale of cigarettes was illegal, most smokers were able to access them, but at a hugely inflated price.
03 May 2022
Invite: Student leaders reflect on #FeesMustFall violence
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Student Affairs in partnership with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) invites you to the exhibition titled, Aftermath: Violence and wellbeing in the context of the student movement , taking place from Tuesday, 3 May until Thursday, 5 May 2022.
03 May 2022
A fully isolated dwarf galaxy unexpectedly affected by ram pressure
Dwarf galaxies are known to be pristine probes of the early Universe, especially when they are isolated and not interacting with massive galaxies. Observations with the MeerKAT radio telescope of WLM, an archetype of such a galaxy, have revealed its strong interaction with the intergalactic medium.
29 Apr 2022
UCT in top 1.4% of universities worldwide
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is the best university on the continent and 270th worldwide, according to the 2022-23 edition of the Global 2000 list from the latest Center for World University Rankings (CWUR).
28 Apr 2022
UCT mourns the passing of economics doyen, Emeritus Professor Wilson
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is in deep mourning following the passing of Emeritus Professor Francis Wilson on 24 April 2022. He was the founder of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU).
28 Apr 2022
People with diabetes and cognitive impairment at high risk of heart disease
A new international study co-authored by a University of Cape Town (UCT) endocrinologist found that people with diabetes and cognitive impairment are at high risk of heart disease. The findings are published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism .
26 Apr 2022