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.
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Kirsten Donald, who is based in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), has been awarded a multimillion US dollar contract by Wellcome Leap to undertake cutting‑edge research into the emergence of brain networks underlying executive function (EF) development in early life. Professor Donald is the principal investigator, leading a team of scientists from eight universities as part of a multi‑project global study programme
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.