IDM Immunology Seminar: Ms Christina Balle

Wed, 2018-04-25
13:00 to 14:00
Hormonal contraception-induced changes to the vaginal microbiota and relationship to genital cytokines - Ms Christina Balle Wednesday 25th April  13h00 – 14h00   

Learning LandsCAPE conference!

Tue, 2018-05-08 00:00 to Thu, 2018-05-10 00:00
Please see the brochure for the Learning LandsCAPE conference, the conference website is and to register, go to The Learning LandsCAPE conference has been going for five years, has contributed to the community in the Cape.

Computer Lab Upgrades, deadline 27 April 2018

Thu, 2018-04-19 13:10 -- 01435435

Good day,

We are planning to update the software in the computer labs for Semester 2,, and invite suggestions for software that you would like to see installed. The proposed software would need to be able to run on Windows 10, and licensed.

For a list of software already on the ICTS base image (i.e. programmes made available to all computer lab environments) and, therefore, also already available in the computer lab, visit

NRF open calls

Thu, 2018-04-19 13:04 -- 01435435

Dear researcher

In the past 2 weeks we have received a number of NRF funding calls which we have distributed through the UCT research funding email address to the research community. The new calls have very strict deadlines. To eliminate the risk of researchers missing some of these emails and ease of reference, below is a summary of the calls with a brief description and contact persons.

Funding call

Annual Memorial Event: Abundant Life Palliative Care

Sat, 2018-05-12
14:30 to 17:00

Motor Neuron Disease: why the human nervous system is susceptible to neurodegeneration, and what we can do about it

Wed, 2018-04-25 16:30
  A forum dealing with cutting-edge topics and challenging issues in neuroscience. Motor Neuron Disease:  why the human nervous system is susceptible to neurodegeneration, and what we can do about it Professor Kevin Talbot, DPhil FRCP Head of the Division of Clinical Neurology  Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences University of Oxford 16h30, Wednesday 25th April 2018 Wolfson Lecture Theatre, IDM We look forward to seeing you at this interactive discussion!  Please visit for directions to the venue Professor Kevin Talbot qualified in Medicine (MB BS) with distinction from the University of London and trained in Neurology in London and Oxford. He joined the laboratory of Professor Kay Davies in 1995 to work on the childhood motor neuron disorder spinal muscular atrophy, which has remained a major focus of his research ever since. From 1998-2001 he was Clinical Lecturer in Neurology and from 2001-2006 held an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship. He leads a multidisciplinary team providing a clinical service for patients with motorneuron disease from all over the South of England. He became Professor of Motor Neuron Biology in 2010 and was subsequently promoted to Head of The Division of Clinical Neurology in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford. Professor Talbot is visiting Cape Town as a guest of the UCT Neuroscience Institute as he wishes to build academic partnerships between UCT and Oxford.   The main aim of my research is to overcome the barriers to translational medicine in neurodegenerative diseases by identifying the earliest pathological pathways activated in motor neuron disease in order to define the most therapeutically tractable areas for drug therapy and to apply these findings to clinical studies in patients. In particular, we aim to understand why ubiquitously expressed proteins involved in RNA processing and trafficking (SMN, FUS and TDP-43) are critically important for motor neuron integrity. Our research encompasses basic molecular studies in model systems in the laboratory and tissue from patients. A major biomarkers study in ALS (BioMOx), led by Dr Martin Turner is developing ways of tracking disease using imaging and proteomics, but is also providing important new insights into basic disease mechanisms. Please email or visit our Facebook Group for queries, information, and for sharing of neuroscience news. 

RSN GOLD fundraising dinner

Sat, 2018-07-28 18:00
RSN invites you to an evening of fine dining consisting of a set, 14-course Cape Malay and African menu, accompanied by unique, interactive traditional entertainment, and a complimentary djembe drumming experience.