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Friday, 3 December 2021
Inside Growing Brains

Recent growth in availability of safe and non-invasive techniques for visualising the brain has had a huge impact on how we study children’s brains. UCT researchers Professor Kirsty Donald and Professor Ernesta Meintjes explain what they have learnt about how young brains develop in high-risk contexts.

Publication Date:
Mon, 25 Nov 2019 - 12:00
Brain Gain

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Neuroscience Institute is designed to be comprehensive in nature and cross-cutting in function. This distinguishes it from similar institutes in the global north and makes it possible for experts in a range of fields to come together to better understand African challenges: the interplay between the brain and conditions like trauma or infection, and its consequences for brain development and function.

Publication Date:
Fri, 15 Nov 2019 - 15:30
L'Oréal-UNESCO award for Neuroscience Institute Research Fellow to study ALS genetics in Africa

Dr Melissa Nel, Neuroscience Institute Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, is one of seven recipients of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South African National Programme awards. This initiative aims to reach and empower women scientists across Africa and serves one goal; to highlight scientific excellence of female researchers in South Africa, in order to create role models, encourage other young women to become scientists, and empower women to shape the future of the continent.

Publication Date:
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 - 14:15
Umthombo: a spotlight on neuroscience

The latest issue of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) research magazine, Umthombo, was launched at the annual research function last night, along with the year’s Research and Innovation Highlights. A collection of articles in the fourth issue of Umthombo casts a spotlight on the comprehensive and cross-cutting Neuroscience Institute, which brings together expertise in diverse fields to better understand the human brain in health and disease, address African and global health challenges, and grow local capacity in neuroscience.


Publication Date:
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 - 10:45