Forgotten fossils hold clues to how ancestors of mammals cared for their young
The skeletal anatomy of mammals’ early ancestors has been studied for more than 150 years. We all know that mammals protect and care for their young. In some cases, they also live within complex social groups. Was this always the case? The skeletal anatomy of mammals’ early ancestors has... Read more
Developing a yardstick for impact investing
UCT is one of nine universities chosen by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a research agenda that will better leverage private investment to finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Representing Africa, UCT’s initiative will be led by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at... Read more
Light to break bandwidth ceiling
The rise of big data and advances in information technology has serious implications for our ability to deliver sufficient bandwidth to meet the growing demand. Andrew Forbes, Distinguished Professor in the Wits School of Physics and Head of the Structured Light Laboratory, and collaborators, are looking at alternative sources... Read more
Rhodes Researcher attracts NRF P-Rating
Dr Bennett was one of two recipients nationally of an NRF P-Rating award.   A “P” rating is assigned to researchers (normally under the age of 35 years), who are considered likely to become future international leaders in their respective fields, on the basis of exceptional potential demonstrated in research... Read more
Improving the accuracy of TB testing
Wits scientists have developed technology that ensures the efficacy of equipment that tests for tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis (TB) affects some 35-million people globally. The introduction of technology that tests for TB using molecular diagnostics was a game changer for national TB programmes. The technology increased access to TB testing,... Read more
John Ataguba: ‘I made a vow to myself that I would rewrite my story.’
Associate Professor John Ataguba has been the recipient of numerous awards recognising his prowess as both an economist and a teacher. He is a Commonwealth Scholar, a member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), a Mandela Mellon Fellow and a recipient of a National Science and... Read more
Cricket fast bowling researcher elected to SA Young Academy of Science
Benita Olivier is an Associate Professor in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy in the Physiotherapy Department at Wits. She is one of just 10 researchers elected to the Academy this year. Olivier is a prolific researcher with a high level of research productivity. Her research investigates and promotes prevention of musculoskeletal dysfunction. She... Read more
Harvesting the storms
Cape Town uses about 300 million cubic metres of water annually, most of which comes from the six major reservoirs. But every year four times as much as that falls on the city as rain. Now civil engineer and PhD researcher John Okedi is studying ways in which this... Read more
Ebola Virus Study Generates PhD in Health Sciences
A novel study on the Ebola virus that produced four publications in just one academic year earned Dr Marissa Balmith a PhD in Health Sciences. Titled: Potential Ebola Virus (EboV) Drug Targets: A Computational Insight into Drug Discovery, the study examined the EboV, an incapacitating virus eventually resulting in the... Read more
Researchers recognised at the National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards
(clockwise from top left) Professor Bongani Mayosi, Professor Peter Ryan, Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza, Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, Professor Frank Brombacher,  Professor George Janelidze. Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are playing a critical role in creating knowledge in South Africa and building an inclusive scientific community. That was the... Read more

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