Latest News of the Division of Biomedical Engineering

A fellowship to bridge the industry–academia gap

South Africa is battling the crises of high unemployment and a skills shortage. The manufacturing sector is a key contributor to economic growth. This is why UCT and merSETA have partnered to offer the Industrial Innovation Fellowship.

Dr Bessie Malila selected for African fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Bessie Malila who was recently awarded the ARISE-PP (African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence – Pilot Project) research grant of the African Academy of Sciences.

Congratulations on academic ad hominem promotions

Congratulations to Dr Frances Robertson and Dr Tinashe Mutsvangwa from our division who were successful with their application for ad hominem promotion. These promotions acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by both.

Looking forward to graduation

Several postgraduate students in BME have successfully completed their studies and will officially receive their degree at UCTs graduation ceremony in December this year. Congratulations to all for this achievement!

Simple tech solution is an ear saver

MSc student Lara Timm from BME calls her ear saver solution the UCT Hearo. It’s a neat and practical design that improves the comfort and fit of face masks worn by frontline medical staff to contain COVID-19.

Off-the-shelf tech solutions for Africa

The shortage of ventilators for critical COVID-19 cases has been a challenge worldwide and was taken up by South Africa's National Ventilator Project. The Medical Device Lab's OpenAir Ventilation project has taken up that challenge.

When crisis cultivates collaboration

Assoc Prof Sivarasu drove BME's COVID-19 response, showcasing the power of cross-disciplinary collaboration. His group's contributions spurred innovation and highlighted the value of partnerships in addressing complex challenges.

Ubuntu Booth prioritises frontline healthcare workers

With the spirt of ubuntu in mind, a team of academics led by Associate Professor Sudesh Sivarasu in the Division of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Human Biology, put their heads together to develop a special COVID-19 testing station to safeguard

UCT breathes LIFE into ventilator solution

The Medical Devices Lab has played an integral role in developing a locally manufactured ventilator that has been approved for nationwide rollout to support COVID-19 patients.

Congratulations to our Graduates

Congratulation to all postgraduate students from the Division of Biomedical Engineering who graduated today and the best wishes for their future.

Inaugural Lecture of Professor Thomas Franz

Professor Thomas Franz will deliver his inaugural lecture entitled "Mechanics, Mitochondria and More" on Wed 20 Nov 2019, 16h00-17h00 at the New Learning Centre Lecture Theatre at that Faculty of Health Sciences.

Encoding the values of transformation

Dr Tinashe Mutsvangwa and Yvonne Karanja of the Medical Image Inferencing and Distributed Diagnosis (Mi2d2) Research Group in UCT's Division of Biomedical Engineering played an integral part in restoring the dignity and identity of the Sutherland s