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In remembrance: Viwe Mgudlwa
Mon, 11 Jan 2021 - 09:00

It is with deep sadness that we write to share with you the news of the death of our colleague Ms Viwe Mgudlwa on Thursday, 24 December 2020. Ms Mgudlwa was in Engcobo, Eastern Cape, at the time of her sudden death.

Using bacterial shape to understand TB gene function
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 - 09:15

In order to better understand individual gene function, and to help predict the mechanisms of action of certain tuberculosis (TB) drugs, a team of researchers at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences studied the various factors that can impact the cell shape of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb), which causes TB. The paper was recently published in eLife.

Super Resolution image of CD4 clusters at the surface of a lymphocyte (cyan), and bound HIV particles (Immunolabelled HIV p17, magenta [SR] and yellow [Diffraction-limited TIRF]) Credit: Caron Jacobs
Democratizing Imaging for Infectious Disease Research in Africa: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative award for UCT postdoc
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 - 10:00

Dr Caron Jacobs has been awarded support by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Imaging Scientists programme. The programme promotes synthesis of biological and technological expertise, and advancement of imaging tools.

UCT boasts three new African Academy of Sciences fellows
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 - 14:00

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) has nominated three University of Cape Town (UCT) academics as 2019 fellows. The fellowships are awarded to scholars who have achieved academic excellence and have contributed to significant scientific advancements in their fields of study.

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CIDRI-Africa welcomes Professor Marc Mendelson
Tue, 13 Oct 2020 - 12:15

Marc, who is Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at the University of Cape Town, joins the Centre as a Contributing Investigator.

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CIDRI-Africa welcomes Dr Georgia Schäfer
Mon, 14 Sep 2020 - 11:30

Georgia joins the Centre as a Contributing Investigator, bringing expertise in oncogenic viral biology.

R workshops aRen’t on hold
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 - 09:30

CIDRI-Africa biostatistician Olina Ngwenya adapts by transitioning to online R workshops.

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CIDRI-Africa jump-starts six COVID-19 research projects
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 - 14:45

The projects cover a range of topics from treatment trials to diagnostics to serological analyses and answer several critical questions about the virus, the disease, and the pandemic.

In memoriam: Professor Bongani Mayosi
Mon, 27 Jul 2020 - 09:00

Today two years have passed since the tragic loss of Prof. Bongani Mayosi, Dean of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences, remarkable scholar, CIDRI-Africa Principal Investigator, colleague, and friend.

Convalescent plasma – a possible COVID-19 therapy
Thu, 16 Jul 2020 - 13:00

Investigators at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are working with the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) to conduct the PROTECT-patient trial.

COVID-19’s interaction with HIV and TB investigated
Tue, 02 Jun 2020 - 15:45

The HIATUS study, a research programme being launched by the Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa (CIDRI-Africa) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), will investigate the interaction between the COVID-19 pandemic and common endemic infectious diseases in the South African context.

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Wellcome award to CIDRI-Africa to enrich Public Engagement activities
Tue, 12 May 2020 - 10:45

The grant will enable CIDRI-Africa to further deepen our researcher community as public engagement champions, engage local communities and stakeholders, and raise awareness of research results.

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