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.
Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a procedure used in the treatment of spasticity in children with cerebral palsy (CP). But, despite the now-common use of SDR as treatment, it is not known what the long-term outcomes are.
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) annual Wolfson Memorial Lecture was delivered by Tom Solomon, a professor of neurology at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom (UK). He is an honorary consultant neurologist at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. The lecture was hosted on Tuesday, 10 March.
The launch of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) multidisciplinary Neuroscience Centre, established to execute inter- and cross-disciplinary research and fast-track novel treatment options for neurological disorders, is an important step towards “Africanising” the vital discipline of neuroscience in South Africa.
This week several University of Cape Town (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences researchers published an article in Science, one of the world’s most prestigious journals, on the genetics of schizophrenia in South Africa. “ Genetics of Schizophrenia in the South African Xhosa ” emphasises that rare genetic mutations may play an important role in the cause of the illness.