Medicine and Health Sciences
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Mental Health, especially psychiatric disorders

​​The Department of Psychiatry

The key research areas of the Department of Psychiatry are:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders
  • PTSD and social phobia
  • Alzheimer's disease and Neuropsychiatric Disorders
  • Community Psychiatry
  • Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Eating Disorders​

The Department is home to:

 The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


The MRC Unit on Risk and Resilience in Mental Disorders

The MRC Unit on Risk and Resilience in Mental Disorders​​ researches the psychobiology and treatment of anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (and spectrum conditions), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder.


The Mental Health Information Centre​

The Mental Health Informati​on Centre has been in operation since 1995 and received formal recognition from the Medical Research Council in 1997. It works closely with the MRC Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders.​