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Simple tech solution is an ear saver
Fri, 14 Aug 2020 - 15:45

MSc student Lara Timm from HUB's Division of Biomedical Engineering calls her ear saver solution the UCT Hearo. It’s a neat and practical design that improves the comfort and fit of face masks worn by frontline medical staff to contain COVID-19.

Off-the-shelf tech solutions for Africa
Fri, 14 Aug 2020 - 15:15

The shortage of ventilators for critical COVID-19 cases has been a challenge worldwide and was taken up by South Africa's National Ventilator Project. The Medical Devices Laboratory OpenAir Ventilation project in HUB's Division of Biomedical Engineering identified the need long before it became critical.

Celebrating Women's Day
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 - 00:15

On 9 Aug 1956, 20,000 women courageously stood against social injustice. Today we celebrate their determination and strength as we continue to fight against inequality, domestic violence and poverty. Happy Women’s Day from all of us in HUB!

Ubuntu Booth prioritises frontline healthcare workers
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 - 15:30

With the spirt of ubuntu in mind, a team of academics led by Associate Professor Sudesh Sivarasu in the Division of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Human Biology, put their heads together to develop a special COVID-19 testing station to safeguard healthcare workers at the coalface of the pandemic.

When crisis cultivates collaboration
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 - 15:30

One way of viewing a crisis is as an opportunity to pursue and contribute to a better future. For Associate Professor Sudesh Sivarasu and his team of biomedical engineers in the Department of Human Biology, COVID-19 has brought just that: the opportunity to serve the greater good through collaboration and sharing of knowledge.

UCT breathes LIFE into ventilator solution
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 - 18:15

The Department of Human Biology's Medical Devices Lab in the Division of Biomedical Engineering has played an integral role in developing a locally manufactured ventilator that has been approved for nationwide rollout to support COVID-19 patients.

Alumnus Dr Adam van Niekerk finalist for ISMRM I.I. Rabi Young Investigator Award
Thu, 23 Jul 2020 - 14:15

PhD alumnus Adam van Niekerk was named one of three finalists for the ISMRM I.I. Rabi Young Investigator Award given for original basic science research in magnetic resonance.

Join us as postdoctoral fellow
Fri, 17 Jul 2020 - 18:30

Two postdoctoral fellowships available in international project on policy development to address adolescent obesity through nutrition - closing soon. Fellowship 1 | Fellowship 1

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.