year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 174



GROUNDBREAKING
NEUROSCIENCE CENTRE
A breaking-ground ceremony for the new Neuroscience Centre in
June 2018 marked the start of construction for a state-of-the-art
facility focusing on the scientific study of the nervous system.
“I believe that we can truly be a
world leader in neuroscience, by
focusing on the areas where we can
make a difference to patients.”
The centre, which will be located
in the renovated J-block building at
Groote Schuur Hospital, will offer
specialised clinical neuroscience
services, and house the laboratories,
lecture theatres and infrastructure of
the Neuroscience Institute.
The institute will encompass
key neuroscience disciplines, a
neurosurgical innovation and
skills laboratory, a human tissues
repository, and direct access to the
Cape University Body Imaging Centre
(CUBIC).
Construction will be completed in
September 2019.
“Breaking ground signals a beginning
... of renewed energy for the work
that you have been doing and the
work that is still to come,” said then
Vice-Chancellor designate Professor
Mamokgethi Phakeng.
The centre will house the UCT
Neuroscience Institute, as well
as the Groote Schuur Hospital
Clinical Neuroscience Centre, where
researchers and clinicians will work
together to study and treat mental
and neurological disorders.
Professor Graham Fieggen, director
of the Neuroscience Institute,
said Emeritus Professor Kay de
Villiers first proposed a dedicated
Neuroscience Centre at UCT in 1969,
but the real work to establish the
centre started around 10 years ago.
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