The Neuroscience Institute is bringing together researchers and clinicians to understand the human brain in health and disease, address African and global health challenges, and grow African capacity in neuroscience.
South Africa faces an epidemic of trauma- and drug-induced brain damage and mental disorders. Neuroscience Institute researchers are working to better understand brain injury and its long-term health impacts.
Infectious diseases like HIV and TB, along with parasites, are a major cause of neurological disease in Africa. Researchers at the Neuroscience Institute are leading the fightback against these conditions.
Dr Dorit Hockman’s career to date has taken a full circle: starting with her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Cape Town, continuing her research at institutions in the United Kingdom – and back again. Now a UCT lecturer, she was recently awarded an inaugural 2019 Future Leaders – African Independent Research Fellowship.
The recent announcement of the Crick African Network’s African Career Accelerator (CAN ACA) Fellowships has named two University of Cape Town (UCT) recipients, Doctors Ursula Rohlwink and Suraj Parihar.
Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is the most severe form of tuberculosis (TB), caused by spread of the causative bacteria to the brain; TBM has high rates of morbidity and mortality. The brain responds to TB infection by initiating an inflammatory response which leads to production of a gelatinous exudate that can damage major cerebral arteries and disrupt the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), ultimately precipitating stroke and tissue death.
The Neuroscience Institute welcomes postdoctoral fellow, Dr Rachael Dangarembizi, to UCT. Rachael has kindly shared her extraordinary jouney to neuroscience with the UCT community.
In a sad twist of fate, Zimbabwean-born Rachael Dangarembizi had to step into the role of mother to her four young siblings at just 16 when HIV/AIDS claimed the lives of her parents. In what felt like the blink of an eye, she was the sole breadwinner and head of the household.