The Departmental Research Committee (DRC) was proud to host the annual Departmental Research Day on the 11th of June 2019. The theme for the day was ‘Research Stories’. Speakers were asked to share when and how their research stories developed; how they built a research path as part of their academic identity; what were challenges and barriers; and what were tips and advice they would offer others.
There has been a large intake of registrars this year, and so it was thought fitting to have a social event for the new group of registrars to meet the current registrars in the program. SASOP also recently hosted a combined University of Cape Town and University of Stellenbosch dinner for the registrars.
The South African Human Rights Commission recently released its report on the status of mental care in South Africa. The findings are crucially important in emphasising how much is needed from all of us to further improve mental health services in the country.
The UCT Psychiatry Society recently hosted a screening of 'As Good as it Gets' with an interesting discussion that followed. These and other events highlight how the society is going from strength to strength.
On Tuesday 12 March 2019, the South Africa HIV Addiction Technology Transfer Centre (ATTC) hosted Prof Steve Rollnick for a lecture exploring the clinical applicability of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in various contexts ranging from harmful substance use, ARV adherence and mental health.
The Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH) researchers from the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University came together to share their ongoing research projects. The goal of the rapid-fire presentations was to inform the greater research community of CPMH activities.
On World Mental Health Day this year the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health again organised a roundtable discussion to commemorate the day. With this year’s theme, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, being “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World”, we invited three researchers to present on their work relating to this theme.
Catherine Wedderburn has been awarded the Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship from the British Federation of Women Graduates for her research on the ‘Neurodevelopmental effects of HIV and ART exposure: a prospective neuroimaging study of uninfected children born to HIV-infected mothers’.
The Neuroscience Institute put out a Request for Applications in 2018 in order to encourage start-up collaborative grants, that could be converted into larger grants to sustain independent investigators. We are pleased to announce that 3 grants have been awarded.
The University of Cape Town mourns the passing of Professor Bongani Mayosi, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, who left us on the morning of Friday, 27 July.
“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.
Drawing on his research and policy engagement work over the past two decades, Professor Crick Lund presented a compelling case for investing in population mental health during his inaugural lecture in the New Learning Centre on 23 May.