27 September 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 51
Dr Lungisile Chili (right) accompanied by her mother, Bonisile Margaret Chili, to Graduation.

Study Reports Increase in HIV-infected Patients with Bone Marrow Cancer in KZN

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Senior Registrar and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Academic Complex Haematopathologist at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital’s (IALCH) Haematology Department, Dr Lungisile Chili, beamed with pride and joy when her name was read out before graduating with her Master of Medicine degree in Haematology.

Dr Siqiniseko Ndlovu.

Moringa Plant Effective in Reducing ARV-Induced Toxicity in the Liver

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Dr Siqiniseko Ndlovu of Nquthu in the Umzinyathi District of KwaZulu-Natal who is currently a postdoctoral Fellow in UKZN’s Occupational Health Discipline was thrilled to graduate with a PhD in Medical Biochemistry.

Mrs Khethiwe Bhengu.

Research Highlights the Risk of Intestinal Worms Among Adult TB Patients

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It was a bittersweet moment when Mrs Khethiwe Bhengu graduated without her late husband with her Masters in Medical Microbiology - a dream he had supported from the onset of her studies.

UKZN staffer, Dr Deborah Fewster graduated with a PhD in Occupational Therapy.

A Model of Care for Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at UKZN Dr Deborah Leigh Fewster was awarded her PhD in Occupational Therapy during the UKZN Spring Graduation for her research on Developing a Quality of Life Model of Care for Primary Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder within a South African Context.

Dr Suraj Shinde graduated with a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

PhD Study Focuses on Treatment of Tuberculosis

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No single drug exists to successfully treat Tuberculosis (TB). Supervised by Professor Rajshekhar Karpoormath, Dr Suraj Raosaheb Shinde was awarded a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry for his research on molecules that work like drugs to treat it.

Dr Akwasi Boadu graduated with a doctoral degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Harnessing Natural Sources to Treat Viral Diseases

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‘I have learned a great deal that I intend to use to enhance my skills and contribute to the betterment of society. My vision is to establish pharmaceutical manufacturing companies specialising in medicines derived from natural sources, offering an alternative to conventional medications.’

Dr Gloria Sukali accompanied by her brother and mother to Graduation.

Master’s Research Contributes to Fight Against STIs

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Determining a population’s antifungal resistance will help the health authorities to improve syndromic management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) presented by patients.

From left are Drs Tashlen Abel, Shoohana Singh, Nitalia Naidoo and Sumeshree Govender.

Global Experts Supervise PhDs on HIV-Related Preeclampsia

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Five students under the supervision of global experts in Women’s Health, HIV and Preeclampsia - a pregnancy-specific disorder - graduated with PhDs from UKZN’s Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) Discipline and Optics and Imaging Centre (OIC).

Newly graduated surgeons from left: Drs Qedusizi Goodwill Dube, Mark Lubo Kashasha and Sayuri Naidu.

KZN’s Health Workforce Strengthened by Four New Surgeons

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Four new surgeons have graduated from UKZN with Masters of Medicine in Surgery. They are Drs Qedusizi Goodwill Dube, Mark Lubo Kashasha, Tende Makofane and Sayuri Naidu.

PhD graduate, Dr Sarah Kiburi based her study on the use of digital interventions in treating opioid use disorder.

Using Technology to Treat Substance Use Disorder

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Addiction psychiatrist, Dr Sarah Kiburi was awarded a PhD for her important study on the use of digital interventions in treating opioid use disorder.

Dr Anthony Olashore graduated with a PhD in Psychiatry.

Addressing Mental Health to Improve Adolescents’ Adherence to ART

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Senior lecturer at the University of Botswana, Dr Anthony Olashore was overjoyed to graduate with his PhD in Psychiatry.

Dr Shoohana Singh graduated with a PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Senior Technician Earns PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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Family, friends and colleagues of senior medical technician at UKZN, Dr Shoohana Singh, were extremely proud to witness her graduating with a PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology on 21 September.

Dr Abdul Rashid Issahaku celebrates graduating with a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

PhD Study Identifies Potential Anticancer Drugs

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Dr Abdul Rashid Issahaku earned his PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry for his study on a Computational Exploration of Molecular Determinants in the Inhibition of Selected Critical Oncogenic Targets in Cancer Therapy.

Ms Wenzile Ntshangase (left) and Ms Sanam Maharaj.

HPP Celebrates Two Virology Masters

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UKZN’s HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP), a centre for research excellence based at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, applauded the hard work of two of its students who were awarded Master’s degrees in Virology during the College of Health Sciences Spring 2023 Graduations.

Dr Rubeshan Perumal graduated with a PhD in Clinical Medicine.

PhD Study Informs the Design of Future TB Treatment Options

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Vigorous efforts to achieve the global collective vision of a TB-free world drove senior scientist in the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and Specialist Physician and Pulmonologist in the Department of Pulmonology and Critical Care at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH), Dr Rubeshan Perumal to conduct his doctoral study on Optimising the pharmacological treatment of drug-susceptible pulmonary tuberculosis.