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Investigating the dynamic inflammatory profile of tuberculosis patients with and without HIV-1 co-infection
Mon, 24 May 2021 - 08:30

Increased IL-17A network connectivity serves as an indicator of elevated systemic inflammation and immune activation induced by advanced HIV infection, and predicts mortality in patients with HIV-tuberculosis co-infection.

Fire affecting the Rondebosch campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT)
Mon, 19 Apr 2021 - 12:00

No classes, tutorials, laboratory work or tests will take place on Monday, 19 April or Tuesday, 20 April. For safety reasons, campus will be locked down and no one, other than emergency services, will be allowed access.

CIDRI-Africa enrolls first patient in the MESA-TB study
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 - 11:45

The phase 2 study will evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of the M72/AS01E TB vaccine in people living with HIV.

A red alarm clock on grass
“The clock is ticking”: engaging youth on TB developments in the time of COVID-19
Fri, 26 Mar 2021 - 09:30

CIDRI-Africa in collaboration with City Health, WITS RHI, MSF, TB HIV Care, SWEAT and the Centre of Science and Technology hosted 130 school learners in Khayelitsha for World TB Day 2021.

Linda Boloko on the left and Graeme Meintjes on the right, dressed in full PPE
Linda Boloko awarded Professor Bongani Mayosi Netcare Clinical Scholarship
Mon, 08 Mar 2021 - 08:30

Dr Linda Boloko has been awarded the Professor Bongani Mayosi Netcare Clinical Scholarship for 2021. Linda will conduct his PhD research within CIDRI-Africa.

SA launches COVID-19 vaccination drive
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 - 12:15

South Africa’s vaccination drive began on Wednesday, 17 February 2021, at the Khayelitsha Hospital, with President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize and various frontline healthcare workers among the first to receive the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. 

CIDRI-Africa hosts Vaccine Literacy Training Workshop in Khayelitsha
Thu, 18 Feb 2021 - 10:30

The workshop covered: an introduction to vaccines, the difference between vaccination and immunisation, SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development and research, and myths about vaccines.

Professor Keertan Dheda joins CIDRI-Africa
Mon, 08 Feb 2021 - 10:30

Keertan is Head of the Division of Pulmonology in the Faculty of Health Sciences and leads the Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity, which is a UCT accredited centre with its clinical profiling facilities based at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute. He joins the Centre as a Contributing Investigator.

World AIDS Day 2020: “We’re in this together, Checka Impilo”
Tue, 02 Feb 2021 - 12:45

CIDRI-Africa collaborated with academic, governmental and civil society organisations to commemorate World AIDS Day in Khayelitsha.

In remembrance: Viwe Mgudlwa
Mon, 11 Jan 2021 - 09:00

It is with deep sadness that we write to share with you the news of the death of our colleague Ms Viwe Mgudlwa on Thursday, 24 December 2020. Ms Mgudlwa was in Engcobo, Eastern Cape, at the time of her sudden death.

Using bacterial shape to understand TB gene function
Tue, 08 Dec 2020 - 09:15

In order to better understand individual gene function, and to help predict the mechanisms of action of certain tuberculosis (TB) drugs, a team of researchers at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences studied the various factors that can impact the cell shape of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb), which causes TB. The paper was recently published in eLife.

Super Resolution image of CD4 clusters at the surface of a lymphocyte (cyan), and bound HIV particles (Immunolabelled HIV p17, magenta [SR] and yellow [Diffraction-limited TIRF]) Credit: Caron Jacobs
Democratizing Imaging for Infectious Disease Research in Africa: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative award for UCT postdoc
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 - 10:00

Dr Caron Jacobs has been awarded support by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Imaging Scientists programme. The programme promotes synthesis of biological and technological expertise, and advancement of imaging tools.