IBRO-UCT African Advanced School on Neuroimaging: Understanding the Brain in Time and Space

Cape Town, South Africa

IBRO-UCT African Advanced School on Neuroimaging: Understanding the Brain in Time and Space

Cape Town, South Africa

December 1 – 15, 2016

Organizer: Dr. Tanya Calvey (University of the Witwatersrand)

Aims and Scope of the School:

This advanced school aims to provide advanced research training in neuroimaging techniques related to cognitive and clinical research.


Current cognitive research is driven by a range of methods that parse the brain according to spatial localization, function and spatiotemporal interactions between different regions. Progress in this field demands an understanding of the applications and limitations of methods such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial electrical stimulation (TES) and electroencephalography (EEG) which, not only define spatial and temporal aspects of neural activity, but also allow comprehensive investigations of white matter integrity, grey matter function and connectivity of functional networks. This is crucial for an understanding of overall brain function in relation to cognition in healthy and diseased states.

The main objective of the IBRO Advanced School on Neuroimaging is to provide a platform for senior PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, registrars and junior faculty engaged in neuroimaging research to gain knowledge and experience in the use of additional neuroimaging techniques. The aim is also to promote collaboration across the continent of Africa and beyond to enhance the level of expertise in the neurosciences. The School will include lectures, demonstrations and practical experiments demonstrating the use of techniques such as fMRI, DTI, TMS, TES and EEG in researching fields such as crown cognition, face perception, substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, paediatric neurology and HIV among others. The treatment capabilities of brain stimulation will also be covered. The processing of data will be a key feature of the School.
Faculty members and Instructors:

Prof. Ernesta Meintjes (University of Cape Town)

Dr. Bahador Bahrami (University College London)

Dr. Fleur Howells (University of Cape Town)

Prof. Charles Newton (University of Oxford, KWTRP Kenya)

Prof. Saïd Boujraf (University of Fez)

Prof. Jo Wilmshurst (University of Cape Town)

Dr. David Pitcher (University of York)

Dr. Frances Robertson (University of Cape Town)

Dr. David John Hume (University of Cape Town)

Dr. Paul Steyn (University of Cape Town)

Dr. Alejandro Riera (Neuroelectrics Barcelona)

Dr. Tanya Calvey (University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg)

Mr. Maurits van den Burgh (University of Cape Town)

Miss Kimberley Williams (University of the Western Cape, University of Cape Town)

Who should apply to this School?

Application is open to highly motivated senior PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, registrars and junior faculty engaged in clinical and/or basic research pertaining to cognition and neuroimaging and currently residing in Africa. Applicants will be selected on merit. A background in neurophysiology, psychology, physics, life sciences, biomedical engineering, MBChB or equivalent, will be an advantage. Consideration will also be given to applicants with desire and capability to develop/expand neuroimaging in their home country, as well as a research question using brain imaging. Participation of students from different parts of Africa is encouraged.

What costs will be covered for selected applicants?

Accommodation and meals will be provided. Assistance with travel expenses to South Africa will be available if required and adequately motivated.

Application deadline: July 14, 2016 (11:59 p.m. CET)

Apply here https://form.jotform.com/61602273030946

For all enquiries, please contact Dr. Tanya Calvey at [email protected]


University of Cape Town; Neuroelectrics Barcelona