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New insight into the role of the “social brain”

Research led by Professor Jack van Honk from the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health and the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, together with collaborators from the Netherlands and a range of other countries, has brought new insight into the role of the amygdala or “social brain” through investigating a rare genetic developmental […]

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A co-ordinated response to anxiety disorders

UCT is playing a major part in improving knowledge about anxiety disorders on an international scale. Through a partnership with the European and South African Research Network in Anxiety Disorders (EUSARNAD), the university is facilitating an international research exchange that aims to develop a greater understanding of these disorders and more effective treatments for patients. […]

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Prize-winner seeks ways to roll-out low-cost mental healthcare in Africa

There is currently just one psychiatrist for every two million people on the continent, and one psychologist for every two-and-a-half million. At least 75% of people living with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries have no evidence-based mental health care. “If you were to only use specialists to treat mental disorders in Africa, the […]

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Lifting the lid on brain imaging

The Siemens 3 Tesla Magnetom Allegra, the centrepiece of the brain-imaging capabilities at the Cape Universities Brain Imaging Centre (CUBIC), is currently the most advanced brain imaging instrument on the market. Over its nearly seven-year history, access to this cutting-edge brain imaging has made possible multiple research projects in key areas, including neurocognitive effects of […]

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