SANS 2016 SYMPOSIUM

 11th of December we held our 2016 SANS symposium. Our scientific schedule was excellent and hosted neuroscience research across Africa. We had the pleasure of hosting two IBRO-UCT advanced neuroscience schools, many of the students were able to present on the day. In total we had  24 Oral and 14 Poster presentations by young researchers, all members of SANS. In addition we hosted two plenary lectures and a special lecture.

Audience

Said Tanya Godwin

Several awards were presented: 

Award winners 2016

 2 National travel awards 

Rivona Harricharan, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Effect of housing conditions on responsiveness to ibogaine treatment

Sahba Besharati, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa & Kings College London, UK. Mentalising the Body: Spatial and Social Cognition in Anosognosia for Hemiplegia

4 Regional travel awards

David John Hume, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Visual food cue-reactivity decreases and executive function improves following a clinically relevant weight loss: an EEG study

Jacqueline Womersley, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. The influence of childhood trauma, major depressive disorder and telomere length on HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders

Laetitia Dicks, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Investigating differential expression in PTSD patients versus controls: an RNA-Seq study

Katherine Atmore, University of Cape Town, South Africa.The impact of social isolation on the attentional system of male and female rats in a developmental animal model of schizophrenia during a 5-minute analysis of the novel object recognition test

Then the prestigious Heron Young Scientist Award 

Jacqueline Womersley, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. The influence of childhood trauma, major depressive disorder and telomere length on HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders

Sahba Jax VivFortune Kenneth NI students

 

Poster area

FULL SCHEDULE OF SANS 2016 SYMPOSIUM

08h00 – 09h00 On-site registration / name tag collection

08h00 – 08h30 All poster presenters to place posters up

08h30 – 09h00 POSTER VIEWING

09h00 – 09h10 OPENING & WELCOME SANS Symposium

09h10 – 10h00

PLENARY LECTURE 1:

BahadorDr Bahador Bahrami
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK
www.ucl.ac.uk/icn/people/crowd-cognition

 

 

S01: SANS members Postgraduate and Postdoctoral fellow presentations

10h00 – 10h10 S01.1: Richard Burman, University of Cape Town, South Africa. The role of excitatory gabergic signalling on benzodiazepine-resistant status epilepticus

10h10 – 10h20 S01.2: Rivona Harricharan, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Effect of housing conditions on responsiveness to ibogaine treatment

10h20 – 10h30 S01.3: Katherine Atmore, University of Cape Town, South Africa.The impact of social isolation on the attentional system of male and female rats in a developmental animal model of schizophrenia during a 5-minute analysis of the novel object recognition test

10h30 – 10h40 S01.4: Patricia Swart, University of Cape Town, 7925, South Africa. Early-ethanol exposure differentially alters energy-related proteins in the developing rat brain: A proteomics study

10h50 – 11h00 S01.5: Jacqueline Womersley, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. The influence of childhood trauma, major depressive disorder and telomere length on HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders

10h40 – 10h50 S01.6: Stefanie Malan-Muller, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Exploring the microbiome in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A pilot study

11h00 – 11h25 BREAK & POSTER VIEWING

S02: SANS members Postgraduate and Postdoctoral fellow presentations
11h30 – 11h40 S02.1: Laetitia Dicks, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Investigating differential expression in PTSD patients versus controls: an RNA-Seq study

11h40 – 11h50 S02.2: Sahba Besharati, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa & Kings College London, UK. Mentalising the Body: Spatial and Social Cognition in Anosognosia for Hemiplegia

11h50 – 12h00 S02.3: David John Hume, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Visual food cue-reactivity decreases and executive function improves following a clinically relevant weight loss: an EEG study

12h00 – 12h10 S02.4: Susanne Young, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Action Planning in Healthy Populations: a Motor Task Paradigm testing for Impulsivity

12h10 – 12h30 Special Lecture: Saïd Boujraf, University of Fez, Marocco. Forms of Plasticity in Motor Circuits Induced by Hemodialysis & Emotion and Motor Alteration in Cannabis Addicted Humans: BOLD-fMRI Studies

12h30 – 13h25 LUNCH  & POSTER VIEWING (IDM Atrium)

13h30 – 14h20 

PLENARY LECTURE 2:

terri_gilbertDr Terri Gilbert
Application Scientist, Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA
www.alleninstitute.org

 

 

RF01: Neurogenetics students IBRO Advanced school in neurogenetics
14h20 – 14h30 Briefing and guide to process

14h30 – 14h40 RF01.1: Oluwafemi Oluwole (Femi), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. A pilot study to evaluate a targeted resequencing approach for identification of pathogenic mutations in South African Parkinson’s disease patients

14h40 – 14h50 RF01.2: Mary Mufford, University of Cape Town, South Africa. The Role of the Immune System in Bipolar Disorder Type 1

14h50 – 15h00 RF01.3: Adeniran Okewole (Niran), Aro Abeokuta Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Nigeria. Working memory and eye movement deficits among patients with schizophrenia: A comparison with first degree relatives and healthy controls

15h00 – 15h10 RF01.4: Oualid Abboussi, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Differential expression of BDNF and its precursor pro-BDNF in cocaine-induced drug seeking behavior in C57BL/6 mice

15h10 – 15h20 RF01.5: Josiah Masuka, Harare Central Hospital, Zimbabwe A pharmacogenetic association study of the CYP2D6*17 polymorphism and tardive dyskinesia in black psychotic patients on typical antipsychotics

15h20 – 15h30 RF01.6: Cassandra Soo, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa Population ageing and cognition in a rural South African population
15h30 – 15h40 RF01.7: Ellen Ovenden, Stellenbosch University, South Africa Fine-mapping of antipsychotic response GWAS reveals novel regulatory mechanisms

15h40 – 15h55 BREAK

RF02: Neuroimaging students IBRO Advanced school in Neuroimaging
16h00 – 16h10 RF02.1: Badreeddine Alami, University Hospital Hassan II, Morocco. Metabolic activity in brain tumors assessment using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

16h10 – 16h20 RF02.2: Yannick Fogang, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal. Yield of repeated intermittent EEG for seizure detection in critically ill adults

16h20 – 16h30 RF02.3: Godwin Ogbole, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Comparative Brain CT Perfusion Parameters in HIV-Seropositive Adults with and without Neurocognitive Impairment in Nigeria

16h30 – 16h40 RF02.4: Antoinette Burger, University of Cape Town, South Africa. The effect of early abstinence from methamphetamine on brain metabolites using 1H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS)

16h40 – 16h50 RF02.5: Michael Kihara, United States International University Africa, Kenya. Cognitive outcomes of infants post-HIV infection: An Event-Related Potential study

16h50 – 17h00 RF02.6: Abdul-Khaaliq Mohamed, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Brain computer interfaces in controlling prosthetic/orthotic hands

17h00 – 17h10 RF02.7: Leonard Ngarka, University of Yaounde, Cameroon. Actigraphy in the assessment of sleep patterns in Sickle Cell Disease Patterns in Sickle Cell Disease Patients in Cameroon

17h10 – 17h30 THANKS, SANS AWARDS and CLOSING
17h30 – 18h30 SANS AGM

POSTERS

P1 Symon Kariuki, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya. Behavioural and emotional comorbidity of acute seizures in young Kenyan children: a population-based study

P2 Hannah-Ruth Engelbrecht, University of Cape Town, South Africa. The Pathway to Elucidating Bipolar Disorder Genetics

P3 Hilaire Kanda, University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Clinical profile of children epilepsy with heredo-familial features and genetic transmission hypotheses in Congolese environment

P4 Jani Nöthling, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Epigenetic alterations attributable to childhood trauma exposure and adult outcomes: a systematic review

P5 Adetunji Obadeji, Ekiti State University, Nigeria. Assessment of Alcohol Use Disorders among general medical out-patients

P6 Osimhiarherhuo Adeleye, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Trace elements and ferritin of individuals in local metal industries in Ibadan, Oyo State

P7 Abdeljalil Elgot, Cadi ayyad University, Morocco. Alterations on dopaminergic innervations and voluntary movements after long period of thirst in a semi desert rodent Meriones shawi: behavioral and immunohistochemical studies.

P8 Duyilemi Ajonijebu, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Characterizing drug intake in socially engaged mice

P9 Halima El Hamdaoui, Sultan Moulay Slimane University, Morocco. Automated Detection of Intracranial Aneurysms: Review

P10 James Ashaolu, University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Neuronal loss and distortion in rodent hind-limb suspension

P11 Kenneth Oparaji, FEDERAL UNIVERSITY NDUFU-ALIKE IKWO (FUNAI), NIGERIA. Comparative effects of Diazepam and ethanolic leaf extract of Dichrostachys glomerata on memory and learning in Pentylenetetrazol-induced epileptic mice

P12 Lidya Belay Hayat, Medical College, Ethiopia. Correlation of neuroimaging findings and treatment response in patients with seizure from Ethiopia

P13  Jenny Rakotomanan (Larissa), University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. Place for Neuroimaging in Madagascar: Current situation and Perspective

P14 Moses Ekong, University of Calabar, Nigeria. Rauwolfia vomitoria Inhibits Olfaction and Modifies Olfactory Bulb Cells

 

BOOKLET OF ABSTRACTS: sans-symposium-2016-booklet-of-abstracts

 

SANS Symposium 2016 supported by:

  Brain and Behaviour Unit, Department of Psychiatry, UCT

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