The Crick African Network (CAN), a programme of the Francis Crick Institute in the United Kingdom and five partner institutes in Africa, has named the recipients of seven new African Career Accelerator (ACA) awards, with two University of Cape Town (UCT) scientists included among the fellows. They are doctors Ursula Rohlwink and Suraj Parihar.
With support from the Children’s Hospital Trust, private donors and industry, the field of functional neurosurgery has seen an expansion of the services provided at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital to include deep brain stimulation for movement disorders. This service, provided for the most severe cases is lead by paediatric neurosurgeon Dr Nico Enslin.
Postdoctoral fellow Dr Nelleke Langerak is one of only five researchers worldwide to be awarded a prestigious CIPHER grant project is entitled “HIV encephalopathy: definition of the natural history, physical characteristics and imaging findings in a group of children with gait abnormalities”.
Associate Professor Allan Taylor has been promoted to a newly created Head of Clinical Unit (Principal Specialist) post. Prof Taylor, who established the neurointerventional service at GSH following training with Professor Pierre Lajaunias in Paris, is an internationally respected leader in the field.
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.
In 2014, Dr Ursula Rohlwink was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust-Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Initiative (CIDRI) after completing her PhD on novel biomarkers of neurological tissue injury and inflammation in paediatric tuberculous meningitis.
When UCT alumnus David Barnes first lost his sense of smell, he had little idea of the life journey on which it would take him – culminating in his R25-million donation to the Neurosciences Initiative at UCT and Groote Schuur Hospital.