A new paper by University of Cape Town researchers and their international co-authors has explained why patients experiencing unrelenting epileptic seizures, or status epilepticus, stop responding to first-line medication benzodiazepine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Dan Stein, head of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT), was recently honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 14th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry. He looks back at the roles that cross-disciplinarity, curiosity and collaboration have played in his career to date.
Seven young University of Cape Town (UCT) scholars are among the inaugural 2019 cohort of Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellows. FLAIR Fellowships are awarded to talented African early-career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their fields.
“Our brains are the seat of our memory, of our past, our present and our future. They enable us to communicate with and understand the world, and to live life as sentient beings.”
That was the message for the pupils of Capricorn Primary School from Dr Ursula Rohlwink, Neuroscience Fellow and lecturer in the University of Cape Town’s Neuroscience Institute and Division of Neurosurgery, when she invited them to a session to learn everything there is to know about the human brain.
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...