New research by UCT Chemistry Department's Dr Catherine Kaschula and her research team, has established how a compound found in the crushed cloves of garlic, know as ajoene, killed cancer cells. Garlic, which has long been recognised for its medicinal properties and has been a staple in healers' arsenals for centuries, has been know to have an anti-cancer effect, although no one has understood - until now - how it works.
Emeritus Professor John Field from the Department of Oceanography at UCT, who is Deputy Director of the Marine Research Institute (Ma-Re, was recently awarded the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's N.K. Panikkar Memorial Medal.
Professor Ed Rybicki from the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UCT, and Director of the Biopharming Research Unit (BRU) received the first Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Award for Achievement in Innovation.
More than 7500 students from across the Western Cape converged on UCT Upper campus to take part in UCT's annual Mathematics Competition.