Matthew Amoni always wanted to be a doctor, but he also fell in love with science at school. So he studied both, completing an MBChB, BSc (Med) (Hons) and an MSc in physiology as part of UCT’s Clinical Scholars Programme. And he’s about to start his PhD in heart arrhythmias.
Medical researchers, through a global collaboration, have identified a new gene that is a major cause of sudden death among young people and among athletes. The gene, called CDH2, causes Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricle Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), a genetic disorder that predisposes young people to cardiac arrest.
Professor Johannes Fagan’s acclaimed surgical encyclopaedia Open Access Atlas of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Operative Surgery, was named best Open Book in the International 2017 Open Educational Resources & Project Awards for Open Education Excellence. Fagan, of UCT’s Division of Otorhinolaryngology, will receive the award on 9 March.
The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation has been chosen to implement the Zimele Project, a health and social intervention programme for youth in the Western Cape.
The South African sugar tax is based on solid science and is a step in the right direction, say UCT health sciences researchers.
The erasure of Africa’s contribution to the health sciences was cast into the spotlight last year when Faculty of Health Sciences students occupied the Dean’s suite and renamed it "The Hamilton Naki Suite".
While there were no graduation ceremonies for undergraduates in 2016, the completion of one’s studies in the face of the challenges presented by a tumultuous academic year was something to be proud of.
March 1, Scholarset, the leading academic social network of scientists, engineers and scholars based in China, announced its 2017 Research Ranking of Global Universities (RRGU) today. According to the ranking, Sun Yet-sen University ranks at No. 213, and University of Cape Town ranks at No. 245.
Lasker Award-winning biologist Sir Peter Ratcliffe was a little bit surprised by the breadth of what he saw on his recent visit to the University of Cape Town.
The student protests over the past two years have foregrounded how the experience of university by the overwhelming majority of black students is not the same as other fellow-students, that the transition from underprivileged lives in black townships and rural villages, to a university with a history of white privilege, is often a painful one.
UCT medical students recently completed a research study on the nature and burden of food insecurity among attendees of the Vanguard Community Health Centre.