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Thursday, 17 October 2019
5 questions with Dorit Hockman, developmental biologist

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.

Publication Date:
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 - 10:45
Award encourages African academics to lead

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.

Publication Date:
Tue, 27 Aug 2019 - 10:45
Gene signature characteristic of neural injury in paediatric tuberculous meningitis identified

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.

Publication Date:
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 - 10:45
‘Education was my secret weapon’

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.

Publication Date:
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 - 10:45