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A Year in Review - #Research2019
A look back at this year’s research advancements and impact from #WitsResearch - a gateway to knowledge and understanding in Africa.
A step closer to an HIV cure Wits-associated scientists are part of an international team that published research suggesting a cure for HIV. Scientists found no rebound of HIV in two patients who stopped taking their HIV medication after they received stem cell transplants for a haematological [blood] disease.
Fractal light from lasers The Optical Society of America named ‘Fractal light from lasers’ research by Wits physicists as the most influential in optics and photonics in 2019. The research is the first experiment to show fractal light from lasers. Next, the research group aims to create custom lasers with the ability to output any desired pattern. Doing so will see lasers find even more applications than they do today.
Self-sanitising surface coating for infection control A PhD-candidate's Antimicrobial Coating Technology wins prestigious Prix Hubert Tuor Innovation Award. Now in its 5th year of development, the technology is a novel solution to address the problem of nosocomial infections. The antimicrobial coatings can be applied to high contact surfaces where there is a risk of contamination, including medical facilities, food processing plants and public transport surfaces.
Green chemists to turn cashew nut shells into sunscreen By using cashew nut shells, the team of “green chemists” from Wits and elsewhere have produced new aromatic compounds that show good UVA and UVB absorbance, which may be applied to protect humans, livestock, as well as polymers or coatings from harmful rays from the sun.
First HPV vaccine impact project in Africa Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer, the leading cancer amongst women aged 15-44. The study by the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute will evaluate the impact of two-dose and one-dose HPV vaccination schedules on community level HPV prevalence in South African adolescent girls.
Home-grown electrical off-grid solution The Personal Consumer grid is a home electrical grid solution for the electrification of households in Africa, that can easily integrate renewable energy sources along with batteries and appliances. The expandable solution ensures that as a household can afford more solar panels or wind generators, batteries or 12 V appliances, these components are easily added to the system, with no need for an electrician.