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Developing cutting-edge health-care interventions

Clinical Neurosciences Institute

(Fundraising needs: capital and equipment.)      

The field of clinical neurosciences at the University of Cape Town includes:

  • neurosurgery
  • neurology
  • neuropsychology
  • neuropsychiatry
  • various allied specialities such as neuroradiology and neuropathology.

The Clinical Neurosciences Institute brings together neurosurgeons, neurologists and neuropsychologists to collaborate in the treatment of some of the major causes of brain injury, including stroke, central nervous system infection and trauma, as well as emerging areas such as functional neurosurgery.

Our aim is to foster greater collaboration through relocating the academic activities of these disciplines to the same building.

A number of individual donors have already pledged capital grants that will start the renovation and refurbishment of J-Block at Groote Schuur Hospital. The Institute will function as an integrated unit to manage the care of state patients who have neurological diseases requiring multi-disciplinary input.

Eden District Health Sciences Platform

(Fundraising needs: endowment.)      

The Eden District Health Sciences Platform involves placing final-year students at hospitals in the Eden District, where they join the clinical teams there and contribute to service delivery.

Students are exposed to a wide range of health challenges in a rural setting, while these medical institutions benefit from the added expertise that accompanies work within an academic hospital.

With senior students moving away from the Health Sciences Faculty in Observatory, Cape Town, more space is available for the admittance of first-year students and ultimately this increases the number of health-care practitioners that the university can produce.

Forensic Pathology Institute

(Fundraising needs: capital and equipment.)      

Excessively high rates of unsolved murder cases has resulted from South Africa's high crime rate and its lack of forensic pathology resources.

Unanswered questions surrounding the death of loved ones is a harsh reality that thousands of citizens face. In the Western Province Metro region alone, over 6 000 cases per year are presented for examination, an exorbitant load that is shared between only 2 forensic pathology laboratories.

UCT's Forensic Medicine Department, under the leadership of Prof Lorna Martin, has undertaken to set right this injustice to the dignity of crime victims through the establishment of the Forensic Pathology Institute.

The facility will allow for pathologists to be trained and work as expert consultants to investigators, courts, prosecutors and defence counsel. In this way, the institute will provide answers regarding the untimely death of loved ones. The new facility will also enable many unsolved or cold cases to be reopened and investigated with the latest technology and expertise.