News of the Department of Human Biology
“Here is where you learn to care for your first patient.” - A lesson Professor Graham Louw has given some 7,000 medical students over three decades. And although the setting in an anatomy dissection hall may seem paradoxical, it makes perfect sense - it’s about dignity and humanity in life and death.
Dr Jeroen Swart, sports physician and exercise scientist from the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, is back home in self-isolation after being quarantined in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with members of the UAE Team Emirates cycling team. He talks about isolation and elite sport in a time of COVID-19.
Through his research, Dr Adhil Bhagwandin from the Division of Clinical Anatomy and Biological Anthropology is hoping to better understand the neuroanatomy of the glymphatic system – the brain’s mechanism of removing the metabolic waste produced by neurons.
Welcome to Dr Mubeen Goolam who joins the department as Lecturer in the Division of Cell Biology.
Congratulation to all postgraduate students from the Department of Human Biology who graduated in December 2019 and the best wishes for their future.
Professor Thomas Franz will deliver his inaugural lecture entitled "Mechanics, Mitochondria and More" on Wed 20 Nov 2019, 16h00-17h00 at the New Learning Centre Lecture Theatre at that Faculty of Health Sciences.
Dr Tinashe Mutsvangwa and Yvonne Karanja of the Medical Image Inferencing and Distributed Diagnosis (Mi2d2) Research Group in UCT's Division of Biomedical Engineering played an integral part in restoring the dignity and identity of the Sutherland skeletal remains.
A new paper published by Dr Dorit Hockman, a developmental biologist based in the Department of Human Biology, uses the most primitive living vertebrate – the lamprey – as a genetic time machine.
Congratulations to Dr Sharief Hendricks of the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine who was awarded 2019 UCT College of Fellows Young Researcher Award.
Prof Ernesta Meintjes election as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) is prestigious acknowledgement of her indisputable achievements in the pursuit and advancement of magnetic resonance imaging science.
A new paper by University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers and their international co-authors has explained why patients experiencing unrelenting epileptic seizures, or status epilepticus, stop responding to first-line medication benzodiazepine.