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.
UCT’s Neuroscience Institute and the student-run UCT Cortex Club held a very successful event on 14 March to mark global Brain Awareness Week. Schoolchildren were captivated by the event, which also helped to spark interest in the dynamic field of neuroscience.
After six wonderful years as a Lecturer in Neuroimaging at the UCT Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health – and about 65 publications later – Dr. Samantha Brooks is looking ahead to joining the bright lights of Liverpool UK, later this year. Dr. Brooks will commence a tenure- track Senior Lectureship position in Cognitive Neuroscience, in her home country, at Liverpool...
Addiction research is a rapidly growing area of neuroscience, and is highly relevant to the South African context. We have the world’s highest prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome, and methamphetamine psychosis accounts for a significant proportion of inpatient psychiatric admissions. UCT Neuroscience Institute work on addictions ranges from basic neuroscience, through to clinical research (e.g. on brain imaging), and on to public health research.