Author Archives: syd1462

Goodbye Cape Town

Of course you will all be aware of the death of Nelson Mandela, affectionately named Tata Madiba in South Africa, (Tata meaning “father” in Xhosa and Madiba being the name of the clan of which he was a member). UCT marked the occasion by holding a ceremony in his honour. Together we gathered in quiet […]

October 22

PAW + Holiday with Anis

During Pulse Awareness Week, (PAW) I visited the GMS Cape Town site. Whilst there I gave a short presentation detailing the PULSE application process and a little on my time at UCT. My host Simphiwe Otto also took me on a tour of the site. GMS Cape Town was born in 2001 however the site had been in the […]

September 24

National Heritage Day

I have wanted to share some information on the work I am doing at H3-D however; understandably confidentiality agreements prevent me from divulging specifics. I can say that I am busy in the lab synthesizing additional analogues of the clinical candidate MMV350048 in the diarylaminopyridine series. The clinical candidate looks strong none the less we […]

September 09

One Weekend in Cape Town

My last blog was a little on the heavy side detailing the fall-out from the apartheid era regarding townships. Of course, Cape Town is not without social issues but I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t attempt to convey to you all how truly beautiful it is here. Therefore, I have dedicated this […]

August 11

Khayelitsha – New Home

To make good use of my free time in Cape Town I now volunteer for the UCT based student volunteer organisation named SHAWCO, (Student’s Health and Welfare Centres Organisation). SHAWCO, founded in 1943 has two arms: SHAWCO Health and SHAWCO Education. For both arms student volunteers (I can still pass for a student :)) go […]

July 15

Made in Africa

Last week I was pleased to attend the annual MMV ESAC (Expert Scientific Advisory Committee) meeting in a beautiful hotel in Cape Town. In the meeting representatives from all drug discovery projects receiving MMV support presented their progress and future plans. The committee made up of experts from both industry and academia then provided feedback […]

June 24

Week 2 – Settling in Nicely

I have been in Cape Town now for just over a week. My first impressions are extremely favourable! The team at UCT (University of Cape Town) are absolutely lovely! The group is made up of people from all over the world, we have friendly bosses in Prof Chibale from Zambia and Dr Street from the […]

June 17

Cape Town – Day 3

Today is my third day in Cape Town. I have settled in nicely, I’m sleeping well; I’m already working to Cape Town time. My accommodation is cosy and close to the university campus so no problems there also. Please find attached a photo of the view from my room, table mountain baby! Yesterday I went […]