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16th Mar 2020

Coronavirus disease: COVID-19

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12th Mar 2020

Save the Date – Meeting the challenge of drug resistant tuberculosis – 3-5 April 2020

Registrations are now open for the 2019 Pulmonology Update to be held on 12-14 July 2019 at Groote Schuur Hospital.
4th Mar 2020

Thousands die from flu every year in SA – how does the common flu virus compare to the new coronavirus?

Zakiyah Ebrahim | Health24 |  04 Mar 2020, 11:08 Since January 2020, the outbreak of the virus which causes Covid-19, has had the world in a […]
22nd Feb 2020

#CoronavirusOutbreak: This is a healthcare worker’s best defence against TB. Here’s why it might run out.

By Aisha Abdool Karim    –   February 21, 2020     Masks used by South African doctors and nurses are also being used to fend off the […]
21st Feb 2020

South Africa could face TB mask shortage because of coronavirus outbreak

11:33 21/02/2020 Aisha Abdool Karim A shortage of medical masks used to protect healthcare workers in South Africa against TB could run out in the next […]
20th Jan 2020

Community-based intervention to identify undiagnosed TB cases

15th Jan 2020

Tuberculosis is a preventable however, still claims millions of lives every year

eNCA – 15 Jan 2020 Tuberculosis is a preventable and curable disease, however, it still claims millions of lives every year. In South Africa alone there […]
13th Jan 2020


27th Nov 2019

Health & Wellness: What is COPD? what causes it, how to treat it & how to prevent it.

CAPE TALK 567AM – 29 November 2019 – Lunch with Pippa Hudson Guest: Richard van Zyl-Smit | Professor Pippa in conversation with Associate Professor Richard Van […]
20th Nov 2019

UCT prof leads ground-breaking pollen monitoring campaign

13th Nov 2019

2019 UCT Research Annual Celebration – Research and Innovation Highlights of 2018-2019

For the latest research news, please visit our research and innovation news site or read our research magazine Umthombo. Download the PDF version
8th Nov 2019

SAMRC to honour distinguished scientists at a 50th Gala Event

SAMRC 50th GALA Event – 07 November 2019 – CSIR Convention Centre, Pretoria Cape Town | The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) will tonight honour […]
22nd Oct 2019

Hay fever and asthma hell as Cape Town pollen count hits new peak levels

CAPE TALK 567AM – 22 October 2019 12:37 PM by Qama Qukula Guest: Keertan Dheda | Professor People who suffer from hay fever allergies and asthma […]
22nd Oct 2019

Ismile Tech Report

11th Oct 2019

UCT researchers honoured by ASSAf & SAYAS

4th Oct 2019

45th Annual Research Days, UCT Department of Medicine

25th Sep 2019

Opening of Pelican Park Community Day Centre (CDC)

19th Sep 2019

UCT Lung Institute 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner  
17th Sep 2019

SAMRC strengthens response to the country’s burden of disease

10th Sep 2019

American Lung Association: Do Not Use E-Cigarettes

10th Sep 2019

Ismile Tech Report

9th Sep 2019

Exhaust fumes are slowly killing us, say experts

8th Sep 2019

Pollen deposits contributing to global warming: Professor Jonny Peter

SABC Digital News – Published on 8 Sep 2019 This year saw some of the highest recorded pollen counts in history, which had cities from Europe […]
7th Sep 2019

Impact of pollen on public health: Prof Jonny Peter

SABC Digital News – Published on 7 Sep 2019 Scientists predict that pollen counts will quadruple in the next 20 to 30 years, making life unbearable […]
6th Sep 2019

Scientist are predicting pollen counts will quadruple in the next 20 years

eNCA – 6 September 2019 Scientist are predicting pollen counts will quadruple in the next 20 to 30 years making life unbearable for those with pollen […]
6th Sep 2019

Pollen monitoring in SA

The John Maytham Show – 5 September 2019 Guest: Prof Jonny Peter Head of the Allergy unit at UCT’s Lung Institute
4th Sep 2019

Pollen counts could quadruple in SA in coming years, warns scientists
3rd Sep 2019

Cape Town’s pollen level spike cause for concern

2nd Sep 2019

Vaping – you are being lied to – but by whom?

29th Jul 2019

Prof Dheda interview on exercise-induced asthma

27th Jul 2019

Dr Phindile Gina received the Best research presentation at SATS

8th Jul 2019

Visionaries – Episode 17: Professor Keertan Dheda

SABC Education Shows Published on 5 Jul 2019 Professor of Respiratory Medicine/ Director of the Lung Infection and Immunity Unit and Head of the Division of […]
8th Jul 2019

UCTLI | Mandela Day | 18 July 2019

4th Jul 2019

TB: This pee test could save your life

  By  Keertan Dheda      July 4, 2019 What if diagnosing South Africa’s deadliest disease was as simple as taking a drug store pregnancy test? That day […]
12th Jun 2019

Fujifilm, FIND Developing Urine-Based, Point-of-Care TB Test With Higher Accuracy

Jun 12, 2019  | Madeleine Johnson NEW YORK (360 Dx) – Tuberculosis infection is the most common cause of death for people living with HIV globally, but […]
4th Jun 2019

Health – World No Tobacco Day

Expresso Show Published on 4 Jun 2019 World No Tobacco Day was commemorated on the 31st of May and this year the focus is on […]
3rd Jun 2019

Qurient Announces Positive Phase 2a Data of Novel Antibiotic for the Treatment of Tuberculosis

  June 03, 2019 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time   SEONGNAM-SI, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Qurient Co. Ltd. today announced positive results from the Phase 2a EBA (early […]
3rd Jun 2019

World No Tobacco Day

3rd May 2019

Science & Tech: Gene therapy

30 April 2019 3:12 PM   Guest: Prof Jonny Peter | Head of Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UCT and Groote Schuur Hospital   […]
2nd May 2019

Save the Date – Pulmonology Update 2019

Registrations are now open for the 2019 Pulmonology Update to be held on 12-14 July 2019 at Groote Schuur Hospital.
23rd Apr 2019
Dr Phindile Gina

Dr Phindile Gina awarded: WhiteSci Travel Award Scheme

Dr Phindile Gina has been selected as one of the 2019 WhiteSci Travel Award winners. The award of R7,500 will make a significant contribution towards the costs […]
23rd Apr 2019

UCT Lung Institute World TB Day Events 2019

18th Apr 2019

Common contraceptive could raise TB risk, study finds

Researchers from the University of Cape Town have found that the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera could potentially increase women’s risk of contracting TB. A breakthrough study by […]
15th Apr 2019

Common contraceptive could raise TB risk

A breakthrough study conducted by Professor Keertan Dheda and Dr Michele Tomasicchio, at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity, has […]
12th Apr 2019

POR TB Consortium Annual Meeting

08 – 09 April 2019 Partners from Statens Serum Institut, Aeras Africa, Ospedale San Raffaele, South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative, The Aurum Institute, TASK Applied Science, […]
8th Apr 2019

The Voice – Cape Radio Station – 10h00 Express Show

Sarcoidosis THE VOICE OF THE CAPE  |  THE 10AM EXPRESS 8 April 2019 @ 10:22am Guest: Professor Keertan Dheda Position: consultant pulmonologist & specialist physician Guest: […]
15th Feb 2019

Paediatricians push for laws to prevent teen vaping

13 February 2019 A surge in vaping among American teens could turn back five decades of public health gains in reducing tobacco use.   Strong limits […]
7th Jan 2019

Three UCT researchers among the world’s most cited

18 December 2018 | Story Staff Writer. Photo ILOVEBUTTER, FIlckr  This year, three UCT researchers featured on the list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2018, which […]
5th Dec 2018

World Aids Day
27th Nov 2018

Glittering night of awards      
24th Nov 2018

South African Health Excellence Awards 2018

South African Health Excellence Awards 2018 was held on 24 November 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Professor Dheda was awarded the Scientific Excellence Award.  This award […]
8th Nov 2018

Secondhand Vape Exposure May Be Risky for Asthmatic Teens

by Salynn Boyles, Contributing Writer October 29, 2018 Breathing ENDS aerosol linked to asthma attacks in study Secondhand exposure to aerosols from electronic cigarettes and other […]
1st Nov 2018

Let’s have a Mo-ment for Mo-vember!

22nd Oct 2018

SAMRC’S scientific excellence recognized by the NRF

22 October 2018 | Cape Town | Scientists at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) have received top honours from the National Research Foundation (NRF) for their leadership and excellence in science and research.
18th Oct 2018

National pollen monitoring under threat

15 October 2018 7:52 AM The Kieno Kammies Show With pollen levels in Cape Town at an all time high in recent weeks, hay fever sufferers […]
18th Oct 2018
President Cyril Ramaphosa receiving treatment for an upper respiratory infection

President Cyril Ramaphosa is receiving treatment for an upper respiratory infection

Professor Dheda interviewed on eNCA, 18 October 2018.
18th Oct 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

18th Oct 2018

Some e-cigarettes may need to halt sales after latest FDA move

Oct 12 2018 16:47 Anna Edney, Bloomberg U.S. health officials dialed up their efforts to halt an epidemic of underage electronic-cigarette use, warning tobacco companies including […]
10th Oct 2018

Top prize for leading TB researcher

04 October 2018 | Story Supplied. Photos Supplied. Leading tuberculosis (TB) researcher Professor Keertan Dheda, head of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Division of Pulmonology, has been […]
3rd Oct 2018

First UCARE in Africa

    08/20/2018 We are happy to announce the successful audit of our first UCARE in Africa: The UCT Lung Institute – Allergy & Immunology Unit […]
1st Oct 2018
Umthombo Magazine

2018 UCT Annual Research Function: UCT research and Innovation October 2017- 2018 edition

Umthombo Magazine features research stories from across universities New diagnostics tools for TB meningitis See the interactive Umthombo magazine here Download the PDF version
28th Sep 2018

UCT Scientist Shine at NRF awards

The University of Cape Town’s top scientific minds dominated at this year’s National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards ceremony, accounting for 11 of the 37 academics honoured […]
26th Sep 2018

UCTLI celebrated Heritage Day (National Braai Day)

25th Sep 2018

TB: Everything we have is not enough

The story of Goodman Mkhanda In the world of tuberculosis it is often said that ‘it takes a village to cure TB’, and in the case […]
20th Sep 2018

Health Feature: hay fever and seasonal allergies

15 September 2018 7:12 AM Africa Melane talks to Prof Jonny Peter Head of the Allergy and Immunology unit at UCT’s Lung Institute.     […]
19th Sep 2018

Medicine Research Day Winners: 44th Annual Research Day

17th Sep 2018

EDCTP Prizes 2018: Prof Dheda presented with the Scientific Leadership Prize

Photo: Prof. Tanner, Prof. Keertan Dheda, Dr Simão Prof Dheda was presented with the Scientific Leadership Prize at the EDCTP opening ceremony of the Ninth Forum […]
20th Aug 2018

Women’s Day

20th Aug 2018

Mandela Day

26th Jul 2018

Teens have safe space to talk about sex

By MARSHA LEITCH June 27, 2018   Schools from in and around Mitchell’s Plain visited the Mitchell’s Plain Health Centre in Eastridge, where they discussed teenage pregnancy, […]
26th Jul 2018

Holiday programme

By MARSHA LEITCH July 25, 2018   The City of Cape Town’s parks and recreation department hosted a three-week holiday programme for up to 400 children […]
17th Jul 2018

New TB meningitis test beats the rest

TB meningitis is a major cause of death in Southern Africa. Early diagnosis is the key to improving the health outcomes of this disease, but the […]
12th Jul 2018

Unit set up to probe antibiotic resistance especially to TB

A NEW unit has been established at UCT to probe the ramifications of antibiotic resistance. A first for South Africa, the unit aims to address the […]
19th Jun 2018

SA allergy medicines are based on European plants — here’s why

Sarah Wild, Business Insider SA Jun 19, 2018, 07:17 AM South Africa’s allergy tests are based on European plants. Alien plants are responsible for most allergies in […]
13th Jun 2018

Plenary lecture on active case findings at the 5th South African TB conference held in Durban on 12-15 June 2018

Professor Keertan Dheda of the University of Cape Town says health care workers need to go and look for undiagnosed tuberculosis (TB) patients. He has spoken […]
1st Jun 2018

Long live the lung: Meet one of SA’s leading lung doctors

Health May 2018 Twelve years ago, Richard van Zyl-Smit was named one of the very first recipients of a Discovery Foundation Academic Fellowship Award. We caught […]
1st Jun 2018

Smoking and vaping: personal choice or public health hazard?

  Health May 2018 Government recently announced that it would be amending a number of South Africa’s smoking laws. But how far should they, regulatory bodies […]
16th May 2018

Heather Zar named 2018 Woman in Science Laureate

13 November 2017 | Story Michael Morris. Photo Supplied.   Professor Heather Zar has been announced as the 2018 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for Africa […]
24th Mar 2018

Health-E News: World TB Day – SA’s TB breakthrough returns to 100-year-old vaccine

A breakthrough South African study may change the course of vaccine research for the world’s number one infectious-disease killer: tuberculosis (TB). While a new vaccine has […]
23rd Mar 2018

TB remains the top infectious killer in the world

Prof Keertan Dheda interviewed on eNCA, 23 March 2018
20th Mar 2018

Five deadly barriers to effective TB treatment: Unidentified TB-cases

Prof Keertan Dheda interviewed on Medecins Sans Frontieres South Africa
8th Feb 2018

5 Important Steps in Clinical Research

By UCT Lung Institute| February 6th, 2018|Research   There are various steps involved in clinical research to ensure safety and efficacy. Below find the 5 steps […]
30th Jan 2018

Would you like to participate in Clinical trials?

By AFSA| January 9th, 2018|Research By participating in clinical trials, you will have access to Doctors, Nurses, Dieticians resulting in additional medical check-ups, laboratory tests […]
10th Jan 2018


Woensdag 10 Januarie 2018   ‘n Mens sien al hoe meer mense wat e-sigarette rook, of vape. Is e-sigarette veiliger as gewone sigarette? Bevat dit enige […]
19th Dec 2017

New NRF A rating for Keertan Dheda

15 December 2017 | Story Nadia Krige In recognition of his excellent contributions to the field of pulmonology – with a specific focus on tuberculosis (TB) […]
19th Dec 2017

Fogarty HIV-TB training programme for UCT

 27 November 2017 | Story Supplied. Photo Supplied. The core administrative team for the Fogarty HIV-TB Training Program at UCT: Kathryn Wood, Jonny Peter, Graeme Meintjes […]
20th Nov 2017

Heather Zar named 2018 Woman in Science Laureate

13 November 2017 | Story Michael Morris. Photo Supplied. Professor Heather Zar has been announced as the 2018 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for Africa and […]
11th Oct 2017

SABC 2 Health Talk – Allergies

Watch this two-part interview with Associate Professor Jonny Peters on SABC2
25th Sep 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, […]
13th Sep 2017
Interview with Ass. Prof Jonny Peter on SABC Expresso

Cape Drought Could Worsen Hayfever

SABC Expresso, 13 September 2017
7th Sep 2017

PACK Open Day 12 Sept 2017

The PACK programme tackles health systems issues so that primary care practitioners can deliver evidence based care that is policy-aligned and feasible for their setting.
24th Aug 2017

Why developing countries must improve primary care

IN POOR countries people are living longer and healthier lives than ever. Since 2000 child mortality has fallen by almost half. The rate of new HIV/AIDS […]
22nd Aug 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. […]
7th Aug 2017

Is it a cold or an allergy?

At a glance, the symptoms of a cold and allergy appear similar. You’ll have a runny nose, nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing, post-nasal drip, conjunctivitis and a […]
15th Jun 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
31st Mar 2017

Do cough mixtures really work?

You know you have a cough coming on – your chest starts to feel tight and there’s a constant tickle in your throat. So you head […]
29th Mar 2017

Primary healthcare bible piloted in Brazil

Primary healthcare practitioners call it their bible. You’ll find a well-thumbed copy of the Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK) in clinics all over South Africa. […]
28th Mar 2017

How should vaping be regulated?

South Africa’s health department has issued statements indicating its intention to adopt a no-compromise position on vaping and related products, expressing it’s intention to regulate vaping […]
25th Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 2017

Tuberkulose: Nuwe medisyne bring hoop

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

Keertan Dheda interviewed on BBC Newsday

BBC Newsday, 24 March 2017
24th Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 2017

Media Reports

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23rd Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 2017

Prof Keertan Dheda interviewed on eNCA

Watch video eNCA, 17 March 2017  
12th Mar 2017

Nurses are helping South Africa overcome a medical emergency

They’re being given greater powers to treat patients because there is a shortage of doctors. Al Jazeera, 12 March 2017
28th Feb 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. […]
27th Feb 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 […]
26th Feb 2017

State hospitals discharging patients with incurable XDR TB

Prof Dheda interviewed on Cape Talk Radio
26th Feb 2017

Highly infectious strain of TB

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

Incurable Tuberculosis being spread

eNCA channel 403 DSTV, 7 February 2017
6th Feb 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 Jan 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 Jan 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 Jan 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 […]
29th Jan 2017

Vaping vs tobacco: a smokin’ hot issue

Johannesburg – The electronic cigarette industry is cranking up its lobbying efforts to pre-empt a range of possible regulations expected this year. The newly established Vapour […]
26th Jan 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 Jan 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 Jan 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 […]
17th Dec 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
10th Nov 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 […]
24th Jun 2016

Rising stars choose to work in Africa

It is not uncommon to hear people lament the exodus of African minds to institutions overseas. Access to more funding, advanced technologies and prestige are some […]
1st May 2016

More teenagers opt for e-cigarettes, hubbly

UCT’s Professor Richard van Zyl-Smit says more and more teenagers smoke e-cigarettes and hubbly-bubbly, a flavoured tobacco, adding that the volume of smoke one inhales from […]
15th Mar 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 Jan 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 Oct 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 Sep 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 Mar 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 […]
12th Aug 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 […]
20th Jun 2014

Water Borne diseases and contaminated water in Bloemhof

11th Jun 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 Jun 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 Jun 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

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28th Mar 2014

Management of drug-resistant tuberculosis

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27th Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 2014

Professor Dheda receives the MRC Gold Merit Award

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22nd Jan 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 Jan 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 Jan 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 Jan 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 Jan 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 Nov 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 Oct 2013

Top news – Media Reports

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29th Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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 Sep 2013

New ultrasound technology for Groote Schuur Hospital

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23rd Jul 2013

Incurable cases of TB

Prof. Dheda interviewed on Power FM
12th Jun 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” […]
12th Jun 2013

‘Novel’ trial may lead to shorter TB treatment

A new clinical trial by the UCT Lung Institute’s Centre for TB Research Innovation (CTBRI) is not only innovative in design and in its collaborative nature, […]
6th Jun 2013

New technology for cancer biopsies at Groote Schuur

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

TB-NEAT: TB diagnostics in low-resource settings

Watch this informative video as uploaded to YouTube by EDCTP.
1st Apr 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 Jan 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 Aug 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 Nov 2011

Pneumonia and COPD

Keertan Dheda interviewed on SAFM
9th Oct 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 Sep 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 Jun 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


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

Collapsed lungs

Prof Keertan Dheda interviewed on SABC
15th Apr 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 Nov 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 Nov 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Jun 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 Mar 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 Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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 […]