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.
In collaboration with Professor Mark Solms, who is the chair of neuropsychology at the Neuroscience Institute, University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Dr Donné Minné hopes to document cognitive and neuropsychiatric repercussions in a study funded by the National Research Foundation.
Training a pool of neurologists in sub-Saharan Africa is an important step towards Africanising the vital discipline of neuroscience on the continent. In addition, it will help to facilitate inter- and cross-disciplinary research and accelerate treatment options for common neurological disorders like stroke and epilepsy, and neurological infections such as tuberculous meningitis (TBM) and HIV-related dementia.
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.