The University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Western Cape Government celebrated breaking ground on the Neuroscience Centre at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), at a ceremony in Cape Town Tuesday.
The centre will be a hub for neuro-clinical disciplines at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town’s cutting-edge neuroscience research programme.
The centre will be the physical home of the newly-established UCT Neuroscience Institute together with the GSH Clinical Neuroscience Centre, where researchers and clinicians will work together to treat the brain and nervous system disorders that burden the South African population.
Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Professor Bongani Mayosi, and Western Cape Minister of Health, Professor Nomafrench Mbombo, were present at the ground-breaking ceremony.
“UCT has invested in new interdisciplinary research institutes to address important problems facing our society,” says Dr Price.
“The Neuroscience Institute is one of these – advancing medical care while helping to understand the human brain. Doing so in an African context gives us a unique opportunity to solve local problems, contribute to knowledge and build capacity in a fast-moving area of scholarship.”