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13th September 2017
Interview with Ass. Prof Jonny Peter on SABC Expresso

Cape Drought Could Worsen Hayfever

SABC Expresso, 13 September 2017
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 […]
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

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

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 […]
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 […]
27th February 2017

Could this asthma medication get a pro athlete banned?

Being an asthmatic shouldn’t hold you back from being a great sportsman – just look at Michael Phelps and David Beckham. But, as with all treatable […]
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 […]
17th December 2016

Keep super allergies at bay

To see the interview, please go to approximately 7 minutes and 30 seconds into the video clip. E-news, 17 December 2016
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 […]
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 […]
12th August 2014

Better, quicker, cheaper new TB drug steals the headlines

Teamwork: Dr Rod Dawson (right) and his team of (from left) Thami Mlonyeni, Bernie Isaacs, Michelle Evreva, Dr Kim Narunsky, Gloria Vusani, Lizette Rooi, and Suraya […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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

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 […]
31st October 2013

Top news – Media Reports

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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.
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 […]
23rd November 2011

Pneumonia and COPD

Keertan Dheda interviewed on SAFM
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 […]
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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