IMAGINE Group members
MBChB, MMed (Psych), PhD
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
DST-NRF Chair in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Co-director, MRC Anxiety and Stress Disorders unit
Assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders with a special interest in clinical and translational work in childhood and adult posttraumatic stress disorder.
MBChB, MMed, FCNP (SA), DipPEC (SA)
Specialist nuclear physician
Division of Nuclear Medicine, Tygerberg Hospital
PhD scholar, MRC Clinician Researcher Programme
Molecular brain imaging and functional connectivity in social anxiety disorder and how these correlate with measures of social cognition.
Leigh van den Heuvel
MBChB, FCPsych, Med (Psych)
Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry
Project manager: Understanding the SHARED ROOTS of NPDs and CVD
The impact of chronic stress on the interaction between NPDs and metabolic syndrome.
MB ChB, MSc (Med), FCP (SA) Neurology
Professor and Head, Division of Neurology, Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University
Aetiology of neurodegenerative disease, particularly Parkinson's disease, from both a genetic and environment perspective.
BSc, MSc, PhD
Professor in Human Genetics
Dean, Faculty of Science, Stellenbosch University
Variability in drug response due to heredity, with a specific focus on antipsychotic treatment response outcomes.
MBChB, FCPsych, PhD
Senior Lecturer & Senior Specialist Psychiatrist
Stellenbosch University & Tygerberg Hospital
Efficacy of long-acting injectable antipsychotics in first-episode schizophrenia; Clinical trials of antipsychotic & alternative medication; Language & cultural barriers to mental health.
MBChB, MMed (Psych), DMed
Associate Professor and Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry & Stikland Hospital
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychopharmacology, genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia, and medical education.
MBChB, FCPsych, MMed (Psych), MSc (Clin Epid), PhD
Associate Professor and Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry
Neuropsychiatry and first-episode psychosis.
Professor in Molecular Biology and Human Genetics
Genetic causes of Parkinson's disease (PD) in the South African population and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of the disorder.
MBChB, DCH, FCPsych, MMed (Psych), DMed, DSc
Professor of Psychiatry
Sarah Turoff Endowed Chair in Schizophrenia Research
Psychopharmacology of schizophrenia.
Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology
Co-director: SAMRC Unit on Risk and Resilience in Mental Disorders
Phenomenology, psychobiology and neuroimaging of psychiatric disorders with apparent compulsive/impulsive features.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Molecular aetiology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related disorders.
Stefan Du Plessis
Clinician researcher, Department of Psychiatry
Use of functional and structural neuroimaging to study psychopathologies in South African populations; Development of a Virtual Reality Exposure therapy for PTSD.
BA Language and Cultures, MA Psychology
Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, Department of Psychiatry
The relationship between stress and craving in substance use; Utilising virtual reality in the treatment of substance use disorders; The effect of substance use on outcome in schizophrenia spectrum disorders.