Why autism remains hidden on the African continent was recently examined by Spectrum News, a leading source of news and expert opinion on autism research.
Stella Mokitimi, a Psychiatric Nursing Specialist at the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, and a doctoral candidate at the University of Cape Town received a Nursing Excellence Award on 7 November 2017 recognising excellence among the top nurses.
Autism research up to now has been rooted in the world's high-income countries. Tools for autism screening and diagnosis were developed in wealthy countries, and what we know about autism prevalence is derived from these regions, too. As we recognise World Mental Health Day on 10 October, we take a look at the work being done by UCT's Centre for Autism Research in Africa.
Professor Petrus de Vries, Director of the Adolescent Health Research Unit (AHRU) and the Centre for Autism Research in Africa (CARA), recently highlighted the importance of mental health and access to mental healthcare of young people during a recent interview on Cape Talk's The Koketso Sachane Show.
The BBC recently highlighted the importance of mental health using 10 info graphics, suggesting that in fact there is "no health without mental health".
Last week, the Regional International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in conjunction with the 19th Congress of the South African Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professions. Several faculty members from the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and the Duke University departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and psychology and neuroscience, played significant roles in the conference.
Only about 0.1 percent of children in the Western Cape province of South Africa have autism, according to a review of school records. The unpublished results were presented in September at the 2017 Regional International Meeting for Autism Research in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Dr Lauren Franz, from Duke University, has been appointed as Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
The Centre for Autism Research in Africa (CARA) presented numerous papers and symposia at the recent International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in California.
Loren Leclezio a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Autism Research in Africa (CARA) recently presented at the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) International Research Conference in Washington.
Dr Kümm’s contribution to the field of autism research, led to him being bestowed the Cultural Diversity Poster Award at the IMFAR.