MSc in Neuroscience – new degree in the Department of Psychiatry

In 2023, the Department of Psychiatry enrolled the first students for the new MSc in Neuroscience degree, a research-based programme with no study modules. The aim of the programme is to train researchers who can contribute toward the biopsychosocial understanding of neuropsychiatric disorders and develop much-needed research capacity in neuroscience in…

Getting to know our registrars: 2023 – Part I

Dr’s Angus Fletcher,  Kholofelo Morodi, Musa Ngwenya, and Sinombulelo Booi joined the MMed (Psychiatry) programme in February 2023.   Dr. Flecther completed his MBChB degree at the University of Pretoria after growing up under the purple canopy of the Jacaranda trees. He then set his sights on Cape Town, where…

3 PhD graduates from the Department of Psychiatry at the December 2022 graduation ceremony

At the Stellenbosch University December 2022 graduation ceremony, the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences had 3 PhD graduates: Dr Jaiyeola A. Kajero investigated the potential attenuating effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on antipsychotic-induced vacuous chewing movements, behavioural and biochemical aberrations, and cognitive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia…

Getting to know our registrars: 2022 Part II

Dr’s Carine Gagiono and Menasia Patterson joined the MMed (Psychiatry) programme in August 2022.   Dr. Gagiano completed her BCur (Nursing) degree at Stellenbosch University (SU) in 2007. She soon realized that she wanted to be a doctor so she applied for MBChB 4 years consecutively at SU. In 2013…

Getting to know our registrars: 2022 Part I

Dr’s Angus Byers, Jessica Kew, Anmari van Dyk, and Elle Visser joined the MMed (Psychiatry) programme in February 2022.   Dr. Byers completed his MBChB at Stellenbosch University in 2012, thereafter he did his two years of internship at the East London Hospital Complex. From 2015 to 2017 Dr Byers…

Establishing the first Mindfulness degree in Africa

Mindfulness is an inherent human capacity that can be cultivated intentionally through attending to personal phenomena (e.g. sensations, thoughts and feelings) and moving through the present moment with an attitude of kindness, curiosity and non–judgment. The formalisation of mindfulness as a clinical approach has received increasing attention in the last decade…

Getting to know our Registrars

Dr. Rowe and Dr. Thosago joined the MMed (Psychiatry) programme in 2021  – catching up after their 1st years as registrars in the Department of Psychiatry, SU.   Dr. Kirsten Rowe Dr. Rowe grew up in Cape Town and matriculated with provincial awards in Music and Latin. From a young…