ALBA-WWN Webinar: What it takes to succeed as a neuroscientist in Africa

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Dear Colleagues,

As part of our webinar series on region-specific diversity issues, ALBA is partnering with World Women in Neuroscience to address diversity issues across the Sub-Saharan African neuroscience community.

Join the discussion during the ALBA-WWN Webinar: What it takes to succeed as a neuroscientist in Africa on Wednesday 2 February 2022 at 2-3.30 pm CET & WAST / 3-4.30 pm SAST / 8-9.30 am EST.

Further information on the event can be found here. Registration is free but compulsory, you can register here.

We encourage you to share this invitation with your colleagues and on social media (TwitterFacebookLinkedIn).

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards, 
The ALBA Network Office






Wednesday 2 February 2022 at 2-3.30 pm CET & WAST / 3-4.30 pm SAST / 8-9.30 am EST

The panel discussion will explore the challenges and biases faced by neuroscientists while establishing their careers in Africa, as well as the strengths present in the region – which can be exploited to find solutions.

After a brief introduction by the chairs, panelists will discuss challenges and barriers met by scientists, looking at concrete examples in specific countries and focusing on the lack of mentoring and networking.
The chairs will then provide an overview of the issues linked to diversity in brain research identified in Africa through a need assessment survey circulated before the webinar.
In the second part of the event, some tips will be listed which neuroscientists could use in order to find solutions to the issues laid out in the first part of the webinar.

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

For all information on the event, please visit
Registration is free but compulsory. Register




Dr Rachael Dangarembizi – Chair
Dr Dangarembizi is a lecturer and neuroscientist in the Department of Human Biology and the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cape Town, whose main research interest is neuroimmune responses to fungal infections. Her current research focuses on the inflammatory response to Cryptococcus neoformans infection in the brain. A strong believer in the capability of women in neuroscience, Rachael is actively involved in promoting diversity and capacity building in African neuroscience. She is an ALBA Ambassador & a member of the IBRO African Regional Committee.


Prof. Bamidele Victor Owoyele – Chair
Bamidele Victor Owoyele is a Professor of physiology at the University of Ilorin (Nigeria). His focus is on pain and neuroinflammatory diseases. He obtained his Ph.D at the University of Ilorin in 1997. He is a member of many professional bodies including the IBRO African Regional Committee. He is also the President of the Neuroscience Society of Nigeria.


Dr Anja de Lange
Anja is a proud born and bred South African. She is passionate about people, social equality and mental health. She takes great joy in generating and sharing knowledge, and in spending time in the great outdoors. Dr de Lange completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cape Town in 2021 and is currently looking for her next career opportunity.


Dr Angelina Kakooza-Mwesige
Dr Kakooza-Mwesige is a Senior Lecturer and Paediatric Neurologist in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, School of Medicine, Makerere University College of Health Sciences (Uganda). She has participated as a PI in multiple research studies in the fields of neurodevelopmental disorders in children with special emphasis on Epilepsy, Cerebral palsy and Autism. She is a board member of the African Child Neurology Association and the World Women in Neuroscience (WWN).


Dr Chinna Orish
Dr Orish is a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy of the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She had her postdoc at the FDA, National Centre Toxicological Research NCTR, USA. She is the founder and Coordinator of Women in Neuroscience, Nigeria, and Vice President Neuroscience Society of Nigeria.


Prof Gwladys Temkou Ngoupaye
Prof Temkou Ngoupaye completed her Postdoctorate at the University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. She currently holds a position as Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Biology, University of Dschang, Cameroon. Her research interests include but not limited to molecular basis of depression and associated cognition deficits in animal models. She is the co-founder of the Cameroon Association for Neuroscience (CAMANE). She is the Society for Neuroscientist of Africa (SONA) central Africa secretariat representative and Africa representative within Young IBRO.


Prof Amira Zaky
Amira Zaky is professor of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, Egypt. She received her PhD through a sandwich exchange program between Alexandria University and University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), USA. Her research line focuses mainly on investigating novel signaling pathway(s) that plays a role in the initiation events and eventually leads to neurodegenerative disease progression. Dr. Zaky is a member of the IBRO African Regional Committee & a council member in the Mediterranean neuroscience society (MNS). 




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