The human brain has mystified people throughout history. Though it weighs only about 1.5 kg (three pounds) and is small enough to hold in our hands, it is our body's most vital organ. Its complex network of 100 billion or more nerve cells orchestrates every aspect of our thoughts, perception, and behaviour. In many ways, our brain helps define who we are.
A promising new initiative for communicating scientific knowledge to a broad audience and stimulating an interest in the neurosciences is the Cross-University Brain Behaviour Initiative (CUBBI). CUBBI is a cross-faculty, multidisciplinary collaboration aimed at promoting research in the cognitive and affective neurosciences. CUBBI will bring together expertise from various fields such as genetics, basic neuroscience, phenotypes, cognitive psychology and neuro-imaging (PET, MRI, fMRI) in order to improve understanding and treatment. These methods will be applied to areas that are relevant to the developing world and South Africa, and the initial focus will be on trauma and resilience.