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NATURE REVIEWS: The road ahead in genetics and genomics
Mon, 14 Sep 2020 - 14:45

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nature Reviews Genetics, 12 leading researchers, including Ambroise Wonkam (Professor of Medical Genetics & Deputy Dean Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences), were asked to reflect on the key challenges and opportunities faced by the field of genetics and genomics.

Genetic Awareness: Rare Disease Day 2020
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 - 15:15

The Division of Human Genetics is supporting Rare Disease Day on Saturday 29 February 2020. As 72% of all rare diseases are genetic, this is a cause that represents all the hard work we do and is thus very dear to our hearts. Find out how you can get involved and show your support!

Genetic Counselling Course Video
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 - 15:15

Want to study Genetic Counselling? Then this video is exactly what you need! Created by the Genetic counselling team at UCT


Novel blindness gene identified
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 - 16:15

The Division of Human Genetics has been researching inherited retinal disorders in southern Africa since 1989. Working very closely with ophthalmologists around the country and the lay support group, Retina South Africa, the Division has recruited over 3,300 participants from 1500 families with inherited retinal diseases. 

Genetic Counselling programme
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 - 15:15

The Division of Human Genetics is offering 6-month long semester courses in Medical Genetics and Principles of Genetic Counselling as stand-alone courses.


A ray of hope for neglected African disease: sickle cell disease
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 - 14:30

US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) have announced funding for the Sickle Africa Data Coordinating Center (SADaCC)



Meet a Genetic Counsellor Day - 25 August 2016
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 - 13:15

Meet a Genetic Counsellor Day - 28 August 2016, 1-2pm, UCT

SA Medical Journal publishes Festschrift for Professor Beighton
Mon, 30 May 2016 - 10:45

Emeritus professor in human genetics Peter Beighton is the subject of a Festschrift to be published as a supplement to the SA Medical Journal on 1 June 2016. (In academia, a Festschrift is a collection of writings in book form that honours a respected person and is presented during his or her lifetime.) See more...


Oath-taking Ceremony for 2015 Genetic Counsellors
Mon, 19 Oct 2015 - 11:30

Oath-taking Ceremony for 2015 Genetic Counsellors