UCT Inaugural Lecture series | Inaugural Lecture by Professor Kirsty Donald

The University of Cape Town
invites you to an inaugural lecture
by Professor Kirsty Donald

Topic: Context matters: Risk and resilience in early childhood brain development.

Prof Donald’s lecture celebrates her academic journey to explore the remarkable early development of the human brain, based in Africa, home to the fastest growing childhood population. Working with mothers and infants from communities in South Africa, Malawi and Kenya, and using measures of biological health, social interaction and innovative imaging techniques, Prof Donald is creating a map of brain growth and development through the first thousand days of life. Share in her quest to discover exactly when and how early life exposures and experiences impact on the brain’s development in our region, and what we can do to leave no child behind.

Date: Wednesday, 10 May 2023
Time: 18:00 SAST
Venue: Neuroscience Institute Auditorium, E-Floor, New Main Building, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory

Professor Kirsty Donald

About our speaker

Prof Kirsty Donald is Deputy Director of the UCT Neuroscience Institute and for the last 15 years has headed up the Division of Developmental Paediatrics at the Red Cross Children’s War Memorial Hospital. Scientifically, she has contributed to our understanding of the role antenatal exposures play in shaping early brain development, and to our understanding of both phenotypic variability and genetic variation in developmental conditions in the African region. Internationally, she has served on the UNICEF expert panel for global standard-setting in early childhood development, and is a member of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Mental Health, Brain Health and Substance Use. Paying forward, Prof Donald has a deep commitment to training and expanding expertise in African neuroscience. Currently, she also leads a large, internationally funded research and capacity-development portfolio in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Neuroscience Institute.