By addressing existing knowledge gaps and strengthening African research networks, we seek solutions to African challenges and work to ensure that African priorities are represented in global neuroscience.
Approximately 10% of the world's deaths each year result from trauma - reportedly 32% more than the number of fatalities from malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined. Professor Anthony Figaji, clinician-researcher and head of Paediatric Neurosurgery at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, explains why head injuries are referred to as the "forgotten epidemic".
“What is a meaningful life?” This is one of the major questions University of Cape Town (UCT) Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health head, Professor Dan Stein, and a panel tried to tackle at a recent in-person and online discussion hosted by the university’s Summer School team at the Neurosciences Institute.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains an under-researched area, despite the large burden of disease it represents. There is currently little data on incidence, outcomes and quality of clinical care administered. Professor Anthony Figaji, the head of the Paediatric Neurosurgery Unit at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences, has been awarded a multi-million-rand grant by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships (SHIP) programme and the Gabriel Foundation to explore the implications of TBI through research carried out at the university’s Neuroscience Institute (NI).
Over 50 million people worldwide live with epilepsy, a neurological disorder that arises from malfunctioning brain networks that result in seizures. Emerging researcher Dr Joseph Raimondo, a senior lecturer in the Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), is investigating this disorder through his recently awarded Wellcome Trust International Intermediate Fellowship.