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.
The UCT Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Social Responsiveness Committee celebrated World Autism Month at their inaugural event entitled: "Autism - Intervention for All" on 24 April at Valkenburg Hospital.
Findings by UCT’s Programme for Improving Mental Health Care show that mental health care can be provided cost-efficiently to thousands of poor people in low- and middle-income countries.
The Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME) recently published district mental healthcare plans from five low- and middle-income countries, notably South Africa, in a supplement to the British Journal of Psychiatry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.