LIIU News

25th September 2017
TB meningitis detection

Study Demonstrates GeneXpert Ultra’s Ability to Improve TB Meningitis Detection

The Ultra’s combination of a lower limit of detection and ability to find dead bacilli after starting TB therapy vastly improves sensitivity compared to other tests, […]
22nd August 2017

Recent awards at the SATS Conference held at Century City conference centre in Cape Town, August 2017

Another amazing accomplishment for the Lung Infection and Immunity Unit at this year’s South African Thoracic Society Congress as four of the units scientists won awards. […]
15th June 2017

Keynote address accolade for Prof Keertan Dheda

Professor Keertan Dheda, head of the Division of Pulmonology in UCT’s Department of Medicine, recently delivered a keynote address at the 2017 American Thoracic Society Conference […]
19th May 2017

2017 American Thoracic Society Conference in Washington DC

Congratulations to Professor Keertan Dheda who delivered a Keynote address at the 2017 American Thoracic Society Conference in Washing DC that was attended by ~17000 people. […]
1st May 2017

Prof Keertan Dheda interviewed on SAfm

SAfm, Morning talk, 1 May 2017
25th March 2017

Drug-resistant Tuberculosis threatens decades of progress, doctors warn

The rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) threatens to derail decades of progress in the fight against the disease, experts warn in a new report published in […]
25th March 2017

Report: Global increase in drug-resistant TB threatens to ruin efforts to eradicate the disease

New antibiotics are becoming available for the first time but without accurate diagnostics, clear treatment guidelines, and improved control efforts, their effectiveness could be rapidly lost […]
25th March 2017

Tuberkulose: Nuwe medisyne bring hoop

Tiener ontvang nuwe middle teen TB. Download article Die Burger, 25 Maart 2017
24th March 2017

Global rise of multidrug resistant tuberculosis threatens to derail decades of progress

New antibiotics are becoming available for the first time but without accurate diagnostics, clear treatment guidelines, and improved control efforts, their effectiveness could be rapidly lost […]
24th March 2017

Incurable TB: Patients die without dignity

There are no state-funded facilities for people living with incurable TB to spend the rest of their lives safely. New tuberculosis (TB) infections have declined around […]
24th March 2017

Resistance risk for new TB drugs, claims study

TB kills more people every year than any other infectious disease, including AIDS, claims the report. New Delhi: Global rise of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis threatens to derail […]
24th March 2017

Latest transmission patterns for drug resistant TB pose a new challenge

The emergence of drug resistant tuberculosis has resulted in scientists taking a more aggressive and urgent approach to research into the development of the disease. As […]
24th March 2017

World TB Day

Mail and Guardian, 24-30 March 2017 Read more A time to accelerate the pace towards a TB – free South Africa Read more SA’s TB think […]
24th March 2017

Keertan Dheda interviewed on BBC Newsday

BBC Newsday, 24 March 2017
24th March 2017

South Africa: Latest Transmission Patterns for drug Resistant TB Pose New Challenge

Analysis By Keertan Dheda, University of Cape Town The emergence of drug resistant tuberculosis has resulted in scientists taking a more aggressive and urgent approach to […]
24th March 2017
Lancet interview

Lancet Respiratory Medicine Podcast: Drug resistant tuberculosis

Lancet Respiratory Medicine Podcast, Aaron van Dorn interviews Stephen Gillespie on Drug resistant tuberculosis
23rd March 2017

Media Reports

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23rd March 2017

Rise of multidrug resistant TB ‘threatens to derail decades of progress’

Tuberculosis is becoming increasingly resistant to drugs worldwide which threatens to derail decades of progress, a report warns. Although new antibiotics are becoming available for the […]
23rd March 2017

Decades of TB progress threatened by drug-resistant bacteria, warns experts

The rise of multi-drug resistant bacteria threatens to overturn decades of progress on tuberculosis (TB), experts are warning. Multi-drug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) strains […]
23rd March 2017

Superbug tuberculosis threatens global control efforts

About 1 in 5 cases of TB are now resistant to at least one major anti-TB drug Rising rates of superbug tuberculosis (TB) are threatening to […]
23rd March 2017

Drug-resistant TB strains threatening fight against disease

Resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs is threatening to derail efforts to eradicate the disease globally‚ doctors have warned. A new report published in UK medical journal‚ The […]
23rd March 2017

Emerging epidemic of multidrug- resistant TB ‘threatens decades of progress’

The global fight to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) is at a critical crossroads, a new report warned today. An emerging epidemic of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant […]
22nd March 2017

Rise of superbug tuberculosis hampers global control efforts

London (Reuters) – Rising rates of superbug tuberculosis (TB) are threatening to derail decades of progress against the contagious disease, experts said on Thursday, and new […]
17th March 2017

Prof Keertan Dheda interviewed on eNCA

Watch video eNCA, 17 March 2017  
28th February 2017

Study discovers new TB strain in South Africa

A new study has found that two thirds of patients with extensive drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) have incurable TB. XDR-TB is resistance to four key TB antibiotics. […]
26th February 2017

State hospitals discharging patients with incurable XDR TB

Prof Dheda interviewed on Cape Talk Radio
26th February 2017

Highly infectious strain of TB

Prof Dheda interviewed on The Koketso Sachane Show
9th February 2017

DNA test uncovers hidden TB cases

Tuberculosis has killed more than a billion people over the last two centuries. A new UCT-led study had the myriad undiagnosed cases of the highly infectious […]
7th February 2017

Shocking: Several TB strains now incurable, say local researchers

The rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis has taken a new, horrifying turn. According to scientists, as a result of patients not finishing their treatments for tuberculosis (TB), […]
7th February 2017

Incurable Tuberculosis being spread

eNCA channel 403 DSTV, 7 February 2017
6th February 2017

Concern over sharp increase in drug-resistant TB cases in South Africa

An estimated 35,000 multidrug-resistant tuberculosis cases were recorded in South Africa in 2014. CAPE TOWN – A University of Cape Town researcher says there’s been a […]
30th January 2017

TB: New incurable strains

The rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis has taken a new, horrifying turn. While various strains of TB, with varying degrees of resistance to drugs, have wreaked havoc […]
30th January 2017

Fears over rise of incurable TB

URGENT action, including rapid diagnosis, better access to medication, improved home-based care and more community-stay facilities for patients, is crucial in addressing the rising transmission and […]
30th January 2017

Address poverty, HIV to stem TB

The rise of incurable tuberculosis (TB) underscores the need to address poverty, overcrowding and the HIV epidemic in Africa, experts say. A study which tracked more […]
26th January 2017

New TB test could help curb disease

A recent landmark trial showed 53% more patients initiated therapy for tuberculosis (TB) after a new DNA-based diagnostic tool was used to screen for the disease […]
23rd January 2017

DNA sequencing used to track transmission of incurable TB in South Africa

Cape Town | TB researchers suggest that urgent action, including rapid diagnosis, wider access to newer and repurposed drugs, and bolstering home-based care and building long […]
20th January 2017

DNA-based detection test improves battle strategy against TB by finding undiagnosed cases in the community

Cape Town | A recent randomized controlled trial revealed that 53% more patients initiated therapy for tuberculosis (TB) after a new diagnostic tool (GeneXpert MTB/RIF) was used […]
10th November 2016

TB alert for young children

An audit conducted by the City shows that 42 percent of children exposed to TB patients have not been screened for the disease. UCT head of […]
15th March 2016

Low-cost urine TB test reduces TB death-rate

Test enables a diagnosis in 20 minutes and earlier anti TB treatment A rapid, and simple to use, low-cost urine sample to test for TB at […]
27th January 2016

Urine test improves detection of TB

Tuberculosis often lies undetected in the very patients it is most likely to kill: HIV positive patients. But a urine test could change that. A new […]
16th October 2015

Six new UCT fellows announced

At a ceremony on Tuesday 13 October, UCT announced the names of six new fellows – permanent academic staff who are being recognised by UCT Council […]
21st September 2015

The rise of antibiotic resistance

Newsroom, 21 September 2015
7th May 2015

Coughs: When to see a GP

You have a relentless, hacking cough that just won’t go away, but you don’t think it’s anything serious. It could be because of the change of […]
10th March 2015

Cape Town residents suffer smoke inhalation

CAPE TOWN – Not being able to breathe is a trauma many Cape Town residents have experienced in the last week. From regular shack fires to […]
20th June 2014

Water Borne diseases and contaminated water in Bloemhof

11th June 2014

No cure for some TB patients

There are patients who have incurable and infectious Tuberculosis who are being discharged from hospitals as they cannot be treated. This is according to the UCT […]
3rd June 2014

Prof Keertan Dheda receives the Oppenheimer Fellowship

UCT is delighted that one of its academics, Prof Keertan Dedha, is the 2014 recipient of the Oppenheimer Fellowship, the Oppenheimer Trust’s premier award with a […]
2nd June 2014

South Africa: The TB Time Bombs

“My life has stopped. I don’t want anyone to go through what I’m going through,” 36-year-old Kirt tells me through the facemask that holds back the […]
31st May 2014

UCT forges ahead on TB research

UCT researchers have been nominated for BHP Billiton Awards for their work in the fight against tuberculosis, from using satellite tracking to identify “super spreaders”, to […]
28th May 2014

Return of the ‘White Plague’: Fears over the rise of ‘incurable’ TB

“Sometimes I ask myself, why me? Why did this have to happen again?” says 31-year-old Andile from the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa. “But […]
21st May 2014

UCT finalists compete for annual NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards

Eleven UCT researchers have been selected as finalists for the prestigious NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards for 2013/14. The national awards celebrate outstanding contributions to Science, Engineering, Technology […]
1st May 2014

10% of adults currently suffering from asthma are unable to control it

Download article Netcare Health, Issue 1 2014
28th March 2014

Management of drug-resistant tuberculosis

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27th March 2014

Superspreaders: Tracking tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is still a huge problem throughout the world. South Africa is particularly hard hit by the disease. It is one of only two countries […]
22nd March 2014

New tech offers hope of tackling TB in South Africa

A sampling device identifies ‘superspreaders’ who cough up live TB bacteria A face mask with satellite-tracking will show where patients go in the community The team […]
17th March 2014

Professor Dheda receives the MRC Gold Merit Award

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22nd January 2014

Patients with deadly TB released in South Africa

The spread of a virtually untreatable form of tuberculosis in South Africa is being fueled by the release of infected patients into the general community, according […]
17th January 2014

TB patient treatment

Patients with incurable and highly infectious tuberculosis (TB) were being routinely discharged from hospital to die at home, putting friends, family and people in tehir community […]
17th January 2014

SA grapples to mitigate drug-resistant TB – study

Patients with contagious and highly drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) are being routinely discharged from hospitals across South Africa, exposing others in their communities to potentially deadly infections, […]
17th January 2014

Long-term outcomes of patients with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa: a cohort study

Long-term treatment-related outcomes in patients with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis are unknown. We followed up a cohort of patients to address knowledge gaps. Download article The […]
6th January 2014

Tackling drug-resistant TB in London

Health experts are trying to tackle an increase in a highly infectious drug-resistant form of TB which could leave London on the cusp of a TB […]
23rd November 2013

Unit wins prestigious MRC award

In his address to MRC award and grant winners at a prestigious ceremony in Cape Town, outgoing MRC Chairperson Professor Lizo Mazwai described the South African […]
31st October 2013

Top news – Media Reports

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29th October 2013

Sputum Test May not Hold Key to TB Eradication

An on-the-spot sputum test for tuberculosis works better than the commonly-used, 125-year-old microscope method, but did not reduce illness in a southern African trial, a study […]
28th October 2013

Point-of-Care Xpert MTB/RIF Testing Feasible in Primary Care

Point-of-care Xpert MTB/RIF tuberculosis testing is associated with more patients getting same-day diagnosis and having same-day treatment initiation but does not result in improved tuberculosis-related morbidity, […]
28th October 2013

Faster TB test fails to improve prognosis

PARIS – An on-the-spot sputum test for tuberculosis works better than the commonly-used, 125-year-old microscope method, but did not reduce illness in a southern African trial, a […]
10th September 2013

New ultrasound technology for Groote Schuur Hospital

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23rd July 2013

Incurable cases of TB

Prof. Dheda interviewed on Power FM
12th June 2013

Mandela’s condition ‘very serious’

Nelson Mandela remained another day in hospital with no reports of any improvement in his condition which South African President Jacob Zuma described as “very serious” […]
6th June 2013

New technology for cancer biopsies at Groote Schuur

Download article Cape Argus, 3 June 2013 Download article Die Burger, 6 June 2013
26th April 2013

New asthma treatment

The new technology, which was unveiled at Groote Schuur Hospital for teh first time in Africa yesterday, is a minimal brochoscopic procedure that heats the wall […]
12th April 2013

TB-NEAT: TB diagnostics in low-resource settings

Watch this informative video as uploaded to YouTube by EDCTP.
1st April 2013

Mandela treated for pneumonia

Hurriyet Daily News – Nelson Mandela was comfortable and breathing without difficulty on his third day in hospital after the anti-apartheid hero was treated for pneumonia, […]
23rd January 2013

New divisional heads appointed

Three new top appointments at UCT’s Department of Medicine – all black staff – are proof that the university is well on its way to becoming […]
28th August 2012

Recent awards at the SATS conference held at Sun City

  Award winners, from left: Malika Davids, Dr Richard van Zyl Smit and Dr Jashira Naidoo The run of good fortune has continued as the Lung […]
21st May 2012

Unit head nominated for 2012 NSTF-BHP Billiton award

A host of UC scholars and units have been nominated for the 2011/12 National Science and Technology Forum-BHP Billiton awards. This year, the NSTF celebrates its […]
23rd November 2011

Pneumonia and COPD

Keertan Dheda interviewed on SAFM
9th October 2011

The 2011 Sixth EDCTP Forum

The 2011 Sixth EDCTP Forum was held in Addis Ababa and was attended by Professor Keertan Dheda and Dr. Grant Theron from the Unit. Several important […]
1st September 2011

Leading from the front

UCT won no less than three nominations – more than any other institution – when the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) recently recognised […]
8th June 2011

Student piques interest with her TB findings

Malika Davids, a doctoral student in UCT’s Lung Infection and Immunity Unit in the Department of Medicine, certainly had her fellow delegates sitting up and taking […]
10th May 2011

XDR-TB

Radio Interview with Prof Keertan Dheda on SAFM
4th May 2011

Collapsed lungs

Prof Keertan Dheda interviewed on SABC
15th April 2011

Nuwe masjiene kan MDR-TB gou raaksien (New MDR-TB diagnostic tool)

Splinternuwe masjiene wat vir die eerste keer middelweerstandige tuberkulose (MDR-TB) in staatshospitale kan diagnoseer,isdeurdiedepartementvangesondheid aangekoop. Download article Die Burger, 15 April 2011
13th November 2010

Global TB research body honours UCT professor

Dr Keertan Dheda, Associate Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Cape Town, is the recipient of the 2010 Union Scientific Award, bestowed by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD). The annual global award honours a researcher under the age of 45 who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of tuberculosis and/or lung disease.
1st November 2010

Xpert TB diagnostic highlights gap in point-of-care pipeline

Recent unprecedented efforts have led to an expanded tuberculosis diagnostic pipeline, and, in September, publication of the performance of Xpert MTB/RIF in a large multicentre trial […]
21st September 2010

SA Health Workers Getting Deadly TB

UCT researchers have shown that health workers in South Africa are contracting extensively drug-resistent tuberculosis (XDR-TB), the most serious form of the disease that is extremely […]
13th September 2010

TB workshop commentary

The controversial question of whether or not to incarcerate patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis came under the spotlight at a workshop held at the Faculty of Health […]
25th June 2010

Kiss of Life for lung-infection research

Thanks to their new Discovery Foundation Academic Fellowships, Dr Hoosain Khalfey and Dr Greg Symons have the funding to continue their potentially ground-breaking studies of lung […]
19th May 2010

XDR tuberculosis in South Africa: old questions, new answers

In The Lancet today, Keertan Dheda and co-authors present an interesting report about early treatment outcomes of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (resistant to isoniazid, rifampicin, any […]
14th May 2010

TB hits health workers

TB is the most common serious opportunistic infection that HIV-positive South Africans contract. TB patients who are tested for HIV can be put on antiretroviral treatment […]
1st May 2010

Early treatment outcomes and HIV status of patients with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa: a retrospective cohort study

Data from Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, suggest that almost all patients with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis are HIV-positive, with a fatal outcome. Since, there are few […]
1st May 2010

Multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis: a threat to global control of tuberculosis

Although progress has been made to reduce global incidence of drug-susceptible tuberculosis, the emergence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis during the past decade […]
1st March 2010

World TB Day 2010

The Lung Infection and Immunity Unit of the University of Cape Town would like to join with the rest of the world in commemorating World TB […]
26th October 2009

Researcher puts TB screening to the test

New findings by UCT’s Dr Richard van Zyl-Smit could up-end some widely-held tenets of tuberculosis testing. Based at the Lung Infection and Immunity Unit, Van Zyl-Smit, […]
26th October 2009

Success in triplicate for TB researchers

Three specialists at UCT’s Lung Infection and Immunity Unit have won substantial US fellowships for their doctoral studies on tuberculosis. Download article Monday Paper, 26 October […]
23rd October 2009

Doctor raises questions over TB skin testing

Skin testing for tuberculosis, the current method used in South Africa as well as in the UK and Canada is being questioned by a top UCT […]
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