South African universities, including UCT, have received significant awards – a total of US$8-million in the first year – to support research targeting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and HIV-related disorders and cancers.
With HIV and TB taking the lion's share of South Africa's medical resources, diseases like cervical cancer take a back seat. This is despite the fact that it's the second commonest cancer among women in the developing world and responsible for 85% of cancer cases and deaths. But the new South African Medical Research Council's Gynaecological Cancer Research Centre hopes to change that. The centre's new head, UCT's Professor Lynette Denny, spoke with Abigail Calata.
A major neurosciences initiative has been launched at UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences in partnership with Groote Schuur academic hospital complex. The Neurosciences Initiative will bring together clinicians and researchers from a wide range of specialities, fostering collaboration in the treatment of a number of neurological disorders, including stroke, central nervous system infection and trauma, among others.
The survival rates of HIV-positive patients who have received kidney transplants from HIV-positive donors are showing significant success, according to a recently published paper by UCT academics.