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.
“We are gathered to mark a moment in the life of neuroscience at UCT; a moment to say ‘we believe in what you want to do; believe it’s worth investing in,’ ” said Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation, during the breaking-ground ceremony of the new Neuroscience Centre on Tuesday night.
The 2018 edition of the ISi-CNI workshop created new African and global neuroscience research networks in January 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. This year’s workshop continued to build collaborations and sent signals throughout the African continent, encouraging participants to expand their horizons in the field of computational neuroscience. The organisers are part of the Neuroscience Institute, a new trans-disciplinary research entity that focuses on African neuroscience challenges and development.
Dr Ross Balchin, a clinical neuropsychologist based at Groote Schuur Hospital and guest lecturer in the Department of Psychology, has won the prestigious British Psychological Society (BPS) Book Award. Working with Brain Injury: A primer for psychologists working in under-resourced settingsscooped the Practitioner Text category. This is his first book award.
The annual award is given by the Claude Leon Foundation to young researchers in recognition of their ability of making a significant independent contribution to their field. The award serves as encouragement to continue outstanding scholarly achievements.
The Neurosciences Initiative, which aims to transform research and teaching in the neurosciences in Africa, has sparked great interest since being launched at UCT on 23 March 2015. To mark this dynamic initiative, we look at six former UCT students, five exemplary academics and five emerging talents who have gone on to pioneer critical research in neuroscience around the world. Here are some of the extraordinary staff who have made their mark in the field.
For many years scientists have been trying to find a way to measure the pressure in a patient's brain without having to drill a hole in the person's skull. Although this remains the most reliable way to measure pressure in the brain, it is invasive, expensive and comes with the risk of infection and bleeding.
A new research facility, The Cape Universities Body Imaging Centre at UCT (CUBIC-UCT), will advance understanding of diseases relevant to South Africa and Africa at large. Cutting-edge imaging technology will be used to study diseases such as Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Cardiomyopathy, Neurological and Psychiatric diseases and Cancer among others.
Head of the Clinical Unit, Assoc Prof Allan Taylor, who established the neurointerventional service at Groote Schuur Hospital following training with Prof Pierre Lasjaunias in Paris, is an internationally respected leader in the field. Together with Assoc Prof David Le Feuvre, medical specialist in the Division of Neurosurgery, he hosted the 11th biennial World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology meeting in 2011, and serves on the faculty of the benchmark courses in the field: the Pierre Lasjaunias Neurovascular Educational Team (PLANET) course convened by the Universities of Toronto, Canada and Mahidol, Thailand. His particular interests are skull base surgery, radiosurgery and neurointervention.
The Neurosciences Initiative, which aims to transform research and teaching in the neurosciences in Africa, has sparked great interest since its recent launch at UCT. To mark this dynamic initiative, we look at some of the leaders generated by UCT who are pioneering critical research in the neurosciences around the world. Here are six alumni doing extraordinary work.
A major neurosciences initiative has been launched at UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences in partnership with Groote Schuur academic hospital complex. The Neurosciences Initiative will bring together clinicians and researchers from a wide range of specialities, fostering collaboration in the treatment of a number of neurological disorders, including stroke, central nervous system infection and trauma, among others.