08 September 2017
Volume: 5
Issue: 49
Dr Kgothatso E Machaba.

Study Contains Good News for TB Sufferers

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'Results from my doctoral study could be of great benefit in the development of more effective therapeutic interventions for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB)', says PhD graduate Dr Kgothatso E Machaba.

Dr Zulfiah Mohamed Moosa.

Link Between Pollutant and Development of Parkinson’s Disease Examined in Thesis

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Research was done into whether prenatal exposure to the environmental pollutant methylmercury (MeHg) increases susceptibility to later-in-life development of Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr Phumzile Nomfundo Ngema.

Research Shows Nicotine Can Reduce Symptomatic Progression of Parkinson’s Disease

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Investigations by a UKZN doctoral graduate have shown that nicotine can reduce the symptomatic progression of Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr Velisha Perumal-Pillay.

PhD Study Investigates Availability and Access to Essential Medicines

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Access to medicines in South Africa may be improved by strengthening the overall quality management for public and private sectors of health care and by including public opinion in policy development, a study conducted by UKZN PhD graduate Dr Velisha Perumal-Pillay has found.

Dr Kim Coutts (centre) with her supervisors Professor Mershen Pillay (left) and Professor Kitty Uys.

Study Could Lead to Improvements in Speech Therapy Techniques

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I hope to change policies and guidelines around what speech therapists do at the bedside, says Health Sciences PhD graduate, Dr Kim Coutts.

Dr Anushka Naidoo.

Senior UKZN Researcher Awarded Doctorate

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The global burden of tuberculosis (TB) - one of the leading causes of death worldwide - has reached crisis proportions, says Pharmacology PhD graduate Dr Anushka Naidoo, a senior researcher at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA).

Dr Khine Swe Swe.

Doctorate for Researcher who Investigated Acinetobacter Infection in KZN

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Despite the high prevalence of significant acinetobacter species infection in KwaZulu-Natal, there is no standardised optimal therapy approach for it.

Dr Marissa Balmith.

Ebola Virus Study Generates PhD in Health Sciences

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A novel study on the Ebola virus that produced four publications in just one academic year earned Dr Marissa Balmith a PhD in Health Sciences.

Dr Nomasomi Bomela and her supervisor Petra Brysiewicz.

Health Systems Quality Assurance Implementation a Concern – Study Finding

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Even in areas where health systems are well developed and resourced, quality assurance implementation remains a serious concern, a study conducted by a UKZN PhD graduate Dr Nomasomi Bomela has found.

Dr Gugulethu Mzobe with her family.

Perseverance a Key to Doctoral Graduate’s Success

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Doctor of Philosophy in Health Science (Medical Microbiology) graduate, Dr Gugulethu Mzobe, says a very important lesson she learned during her intensive studies was the need for perseverance.

Dr Dhaneshree Naidoo with her parents and sister.

Leaf and Root Extracts Prove Effective against Cancer

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PhD research examined the impact of the Centella asiatica leaf and the Withania somnifera root extract on the development and progression of cancer. 

Dr Carmen Rennie.

3D Reconstruction of Air-Sinuses used in Doctoral Study

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The anatomy of the paranasal air sinuses (PAS) - one of the most complex and variable areas of the human body – was the subject of doctoral research by Dr Carmen Rennie who obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Sciences.

Dr Deshini Naidoo with her parents.

Role of Occupational Therapy Explored at Primary Healthcare Level

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Occupational Therapy (OT) lecturer Dr Deshini Naidoo researched the role of OT at a primary healthcare (PHC) level in KwaZulu-Natal for her PhD.

Dr Samantha Ramkisson with her supervisor Professor Basil Pillay.

Diabetics Need Psychological Support – Study Finding

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Patients with diabetes need psychological support to cope with the disease, according to a PhD study by Clinical Psychologist Dr Samantha Ramkisson.

Dr Zeynab Fakhar.

Iranian National Graduates with a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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An Iranian national Dr Zeynab Fakhar graduated from UKZN with a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry following a computational mechanistic and modelling study, which provided a detailed insight into the functional and structural features of important mycobaterium tuberculosis (TB) targets.