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Body of work: Reflections of Emeritus Prof Graham Louw
Sun, 24 May 2020 - 16:30

“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.

UCT’s Dr Jeroen Swart in recent quarantine in the W-Hotal Yas Island. Photo Lorenzo Verdinelli.
Sport and isolation in a time of COVID-19
Thu, 26 Mar 2020 - 16:45

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.

Understanding the glymphatic system
Wed, 18 Mar 2020 - 18:15

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
Tue, 07 Jan 2020 - 17:00

Welcome to Dr Mubeen Goolam who joins the department as Lecturer in the Division of Cell Biology.

Congratulations to our Graduates
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 - 17:45

Congratulation to all postgraduate students from the Department of Human Biology who graduated in December 2019 and the best wishes for their future.

Inaugural Lecture of Professor Thomas Franz
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 - 18:15

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.

Encoding the values of transformation
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 - 08:00

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.

Genetic detective: Case of the neural crest
Sat, 19 Oct 2019 - 08:45

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.

Dr Sharief Hendricks receives 2019 UCT College of Fellows Young Researcher Award
Fri, 18 Oct 2019 - 09:30

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.

Ernesta Meintjes elected as ASSAf Member
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 - 14:45

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.

Status epilepticus: New research on failing meds
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 - 18:00

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.

50 Years of Biomedical Engineering
Tue, 01 Oct 2019 - 19:00

While a feat of vision, engineering and innovation was putting men on the moon in 1969, at the tip of Africa, at the University of Cape Town (UCT), a nascent centre of engineering and innovation was being born.