Over the last decade, there has been immense progress in treating disorders of the nervous system. Many of these advances have stemmed from closer interaction between the specialties of neurosurgery and neurology, while recent advances in psychiatry and neuropsychology have greatly improved our understanding of the brain in health and disease.
Professor Fieggen's talk will explore some of these developments and describe ways in which the proposed Clinical Neurosciences Centre at UCT, an alliance of four different specialties, will offer novel and exciting opportunities to promote patient care, research and training across our continent.
Prof Graham Fieggen was appointed to the Helen and Morris Mauerberger Chair of Neurosurgery at UCT in 2008. His major interests have been neurosurgical conditions in children and the development of neurosurgery across Africa. Prof Fieggen chairs the World Federation of Neurosurgery committee on Paediatric Neurosurgery and was instrumental in the formation of the first continental association for the specialty in Africa (CAANS), of which he is currently President. His interest in collaborative work across the neurosciences grew out of postgraduate studies at the University of London in 1990.
Prof Greg Hussey, newly appointed Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, will introduce the Faculty's vision for the next years, and UCT's role in strengthening the public health systems in South Africa and around the continent. Prof Hussey is Director of UCT's Vaccines for Africa Initiative and Director of UCT's Clinical Research Centre, and he has been an ad-hoc WHO consultant for the past 20 years, serving on a number of their influential committees. Prof Hussey is globally recognized as a leader in the field of vaccinology and is one of the foremost experts in this field on the African continent. His research in vaccine preventable diseases and child health has been highly translational in nature and has influenced global public health policies.
The talks will be followed by a reception - a chance to sample wine from the Solms-Delta vineyard and network with fellow alumni.
Date: Tuesday 17th February 2015
Venue: Kings College London, The Strand, WC2
Tickets: £20 (Solms-Delta wine and canapés will be served)
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- Thursday 4th June 2015: Opera School Concert at the home of Sir Vernon Ellis
- Tuesday 16th June 2015: UCT London Lecture with Dr Jon Clark, Director of the Schools Improvement Initiative