9th November 2015

Members

Executive Committee:

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Chairperson
Biography:

My research aims are to understand the neurobiological mechanisms which underlie the diagnosis of schizophrenia - using innovative, interdisciplinary, and translational neuroscience

Description of current research:

Translational neuroscience: bridging the gap between basic and clinical neuroscience in severe mental disorders – including schizophrenia. This is being achieved using basic neuroscience animal models and multi-modal brain imaging techniques in clinical populations.

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Secretary
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Treasurer
Biography:

I head the Psychiatric Genetics laboratory at the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University. We investigate the molecular aetiology of PTSD and stress-related disorders.

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Deputy Secretary
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Social Media and Outreach
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Social Media and Outreach
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Social Media and Outreach
Biography:

I grew up in Botswana and double majored in Pre-medicine and Psychology (comprehesive major) at Ashland University, OH. I am a Neuroscientist (MSc. Texas Christian University, TX) and Immunologist (PhD. University of Cape Town, South Africa) who enjoys outdoor activities and dancing.

Description of current research:

My research focuses on cytokines involved in cognitive function, investigated in relation to the influence pathogens such as helminthes (Type2) and bacteria (Type1) may have on learning and memory. Studies that I conduct aim to identify the possible role of pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory cytokine environment, on cognitive function, and their synergistic effects. Immunological roles of these cytokines on both immune cells (e.g. T cells) and non-immune cells (e.g. astrocytes) are identified, along with neuro-immunological factors and molecules associated with learning and memory. Moreover, using BCG and Listeria monocytogenes, we aim to study the role of IFN-g-producing T helper cells on cognitive functions.

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Biography:

I am currently a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Genetics at Stellenbosch University and co-founder of the Systems Genetics Working Group. My work focuses on the molecular etiology and pharmacogenetics of neuropsychiatric disorders.

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Biography:

Viv Russell supervised/mentored MSc and PhD students at Stellenbosch, UCT and UKZN. She published 145 papers and is a Fellow of UCT and the Physiological Society of SA. She has contributed to training in neuroscience in Africa and Chairs the IBRO Center for Advanced Training in Neuroscience at UCT

Description of current research:

A study of animal models of brain disorders including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, and the effects of stress, alcohol and exercise on the brain

General Members:

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Neurological Biokineticist
University of Cape Town
Division of exercise science and sports medicine
Biography:

Aspiring Neurological Biokineticist and clinical researcher. My passion is all things neural with a specific interest in Cerebral Palsy and neuro-developmental conditions.

Description of current research:

Physical activity levels of adults with Cerebral Palsy measured via accelerometry

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Senior Researcher
Stellenbosch University
Historical Trauma and Transformation
Description of current research:

My research interests are broadly in the area of social neuroscience. I make use of behavioral and neuroimaging methods to study empathy and perspective taking in intergroup contexts.

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Faculty of Health Sciences
University of the Witwatersrand
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Pukke - NWU
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Research fellow
University of Cape Town
Pain research team
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University of the Western Cape
Medical Biosciences
Description of current research:

Evaluating neuroprotection in neurodegenerative disease models.

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Post-doctoral Fellow
North-West University
Pharmacology
Description of current research:

Translational models in risk and resilience disorders, using the zebrafish

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Senior Lecturer
University of Cape Town
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
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PhD Candidate
Stellenbosch University
Psychiatry
Description of current research:

The impact of substance use in First-Episode Schizophrenia.

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Research Assistant and PhD candidate
Stellenbosch University
Department of Psychiatry
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MSc Neurophysiology Student
University of Pretoria
Neurophysiology
Description of current research:

My current research focuses on the effect and impact of Neurofeedback, specifically Infra-Slow Fluctuation training, on deviant brain activity with the use of pre- and post quantitative electroencephalograms.

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MSc
Stellenbosch University
Neuropsychiatric Genetics
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MA Research Consultation (Psychology)
UNISA
Psychology
Description of current research:

I am looking at neural decision making, specifically in terms of the Somatic Marker Theory of Damasio.

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I.T
Software development
Biography:

Current I.T student hoping to do my masters in AI development

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Post-doctoral fellow
University of Cape Town
Human Biology
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Representative of the Foltra Foundation
NeuroReGen
Biography:

Representative of the Foltra Foundation - Spain which harnesses Neurogenesis to recover motor and cognitive functions. Current Qualifications:M.Sc. Psych
CMASA Reg No: MBZ12125
https://www.facebook.com/BrainAdvancedRegenerativeTherapies/
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/CherylJohnston

Description of current research:

Current project: Utilisation of stem cells in the hippocampus to restore Cognitive functioning.

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MSc Med
University of the Witwatersrand
School of Anatomical Sciences
Description of current research:

The distribution of white matter neurons in the apes.

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Psychology
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Masters in Medicinal Science
University of KwaZulu Natal
Neurophysiology
Description of current research:

Assessing the effects of prenatal stress on the preoptic nuclei of febrile seizure rat models.

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Masters of Medical Science
University of KwaZulu Natal
Human Physiology
Biography:

I am just interested in brain function and therapeutic measures to improve brain function.

Description of current research:

L-DOPA induced dyskinesia.

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PhD & MBBCh
University of the Witwatersrand
Anatomical Sciences - Neuroanatomy
Description of current research:

A Descriptive Analysis of the Malayan tapir Brain

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Lecturer
University of the Witwatersrand
School of Anatomical Sciences
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