University Of Cape Town Neurology

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University Of Cape Town Neurology

University Of Cape Town Neurology

The Division of Neurology is situated in Groote Schuur Hospital and operates a general clinical neurological service to the region. This includes in-patients, out-patients, an acute stroke unit, a clinical neurophysiology laboratory, and a referral and emergency service. In addition, there are specialized clinics for stroke, myasthenia gravis, epilepsy, neuro-genetic disorders, dystonia, and HIV-related neurological disorders.

The division supplies undergraduate medical teaching to years 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 MBChB students, in addition to teaching occupational therapy and physiotherapy students. Postgraduate teaching is given to MMed students and BSc(Hons), MSc(Neuroscience), and PhD students are supervised.

Clinical research is conducted in the fields of HIV/AIDS-related encephalopathy and peripheral nerve disease, myasthenia gravis, stroke and stroke care, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, epilepsy, and motor neuron disease.

Paediatric Neurology Department

Outreach services work in conjunction with local technical visits for both training and case evaluation. This service helps establish government policies aimed at providing optimal care in resource-poor settings.

  • The Red Cross Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital in sub-Saharan Africa. We provide all levels of multidisciplinary care on an international scale, taking into account the limitations of being located in a resource-poor country.
  • Neurology services examine rare and complex diseases (epilepsy, neurometabolic, neurodegenerative, and neuromuscular diseases).
  • The Neurology Service’s vision and mission are specifically designed to address the impact of poverty-related diseases that dominate service delivery.
  • This neurology service aims to build and expand the capacity to treat both complex disorders and neglected diseases of poverty in vulnerable populations.
  • Special clinic establishes large cohort of children in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ongoing support from the Agency for Infectious Diseases has provided epidemiological data on the neurological effects of HIV-1 in children before and after the initiation of antiretroviral therapy.
  • Complex epilepsy services that include clinical examinations also include video electroencephalography telemetry assessments and screening of potential epilepsy surgery candidates.
  • The service is implemented in about 80 clinics each month, with close to 4,000 clinic visits annually.
  • He has six beds dedicated to Pediatric Neurology, but more patients are treated in the “general ward” on a referral/consultation basis.

Professor A Bryer
Stroke, neuro-genetics.
Associate Professor J Heckmann
Myasthenia gravis, neuro-immunology, neuro-genetics, HIV-related peripheral nerve disease.
Dr. E Lee-Pan
Clinical neurophysiology, health systems information technology, computer-based education.
Dr. L Tucker
Epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, clinical neurophysiology, medical education.
Dr. K Bateman
Neurological infectious diseases, neuromuscular disorders, stroke.
Associate Professor M Combrinck
Head of Geriatrics. Neuro-inflammation, HIV encephalopathy, dementia


Emeritus Associate Professor R Eastman
Medical education, Clinical neurophysiology.

Contact us

Visit or write to us at:
Division of Neurology
Groote Schuur Hospital
Observatory, 7925
South Africa
Call or fax us at:
Tel: +27 (21) 404-3198
Fax: +27 (21) 406-6251
Email Professor Alan Bryer

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