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"Why autism remains hidden in Africa"
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 13:45

Why autism remains hidden on the African continent was recently examined by Spectrum News, a leading source of news and expert opinion on autism research.

UCT Vice-Chancellor to run for mental health
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 12:30

About 75% of people living with mental illness in low- and middle-income countries do not receive any treatment at all – but they will be the focus of a special awareness-raising run by university leaders to commemorate World Mental Health Day. 

FHS gains two new SARChI chairs
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 14:30

Deputy Dean of Research Prof Tania Douglas and Head of Dermatology Prof Nonhlanhla Khumalo have been awarded  prestigious South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chairs in their respective fields, Biomedical Engineering and Innovation and Dermatology and Toxicology. 

Valentine’s delivery a labour of love
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 13:15

The delivery of Africa’s first full-body high-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, on Valentine’s Day 14 February 2015, at the new Cape Universities Body Imaging Centre site (CUBIC-UCT) on the premises of Groote Schuur Hospital, can best be described as the product of a labour of love.

Esidimenis are going on all the time
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 14:00

Ironically, Esidimeni means “place of dignity”. It now refers to the care disaster in which people died (143 at last count) after being transferred from Life Esidimeni into nongovernmental and community organisations.

Mail & Guardian 200 young South Africans
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 13:30

Dr Eugene Lee Davids, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Adolescent Health Research Unit, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He was most recently listed in the Mail & Guardian as one of 200 young South Africans.

New Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 12:45

New Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town brings hope for autism interventions in Africa. We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Lauren Franz, from Duke University in the USA, as Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Death by maladministration
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 13:30

Death by administration: an important category of patient mortality. A letter to the editor of the South African Medical Journal...

Teen suicide in the spotlight
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 17:15

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), suicide is the second most common cause of death in teenagers and young adults between 10 and 24 years. According to WHO, around a million people commit suicide each year, and it is predicted that by 2020 this figure will rise to 1.53 million.

Savings in mental healthcare cost lives
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 17:15

With 94+ patients dead and more displaced, the Health Ombudsman calls for justice. The release of the Health Ombudsman, Professor Makgoba’s, report into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of mentally ill patients in the Gauteng province has triggered an outcry.

UCT flag at half mast to honour Esidimeni victims
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 15:30

The scope of the Esidimeni tragedy and the depth of the sadness that it has caused is immeasurable. How do we lose 94 lives so flippantly, so negligently and in such a cruel manner? When students at the University of Cape Town raise awareness of mental health issues, this is the reality that they are pointing to

Madness: Songs of Hope and Despair
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 09:15

Dr Sean Baumann’s stirring cantata Madness: Songs of Hope and Despair comes to the Baxter for a limited season this February.