15 April 2016
Volume: 4
Issue: 15
Ms Danell Brand.

Hard Work the Answer, Says Summa Cum Laude Graduate

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Bachelor of Nursing candidate, Ms Danell Brand (23), was a top achiever in her discipline, graduating summa cum laude.

Ms Janelle Bricknell.

Top Speech-Language Pathology Student Graduates Cum Laude

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Ms Janelle Bricknell (22) graduated as the Discipline of Speech-Language Pathology’s Best Academic, Clinical and Community Practicals final-year student.

Supervisor, Dr Peter Owira seen with his group of students in the Pharmacology laboratory.

Grapefruit Juice Researchers Obtain PhDs in Pharmacology

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A Nigerian couple graduated with PhDs in Pharmacology in the record time of two years after completing novel research on the health benefits of a bioactive flavonoid, known as naringin, found in citrus fruits, mainly grapefruit.

Ms Khululwa Jakuja.

Eastern Cape Nurse Graduates Cum Laude

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Eastern Cape nurse Ms Khululwa Jakuja, was awarded her Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Practice) degree cum laude.

Ms Jenna Lambert.

Hockey Fan Graduates Cum Laude

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Former Epworth High School hockey star, Ms Jenna Lambert, was overjoyed when she received her Bachelor of Sport Science degree cum laude.

Dr Ndumiso Mhlongo.

From Humble Beginnings to PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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The Dean and Head of UKZN’s School of Health Sciences, Professor Mahmoud Soliman, applauded Dr Ndumiso Mhlongo of Eshowe who graduated with a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Dr Takshita Sookan.

PhD Improves Quality of Life for HIV Infected Individuals Receiving Antiretroviral Therapy

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Progressive resistance training (PRT) and whey protein intake is strongly recommended for HIV infected individuals receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to a study by Dr Takshita Sookan who graduated with a Sports Science PhD.

Dr Pragashnie Govender.

Lecturer Develops Evidence-Based Clinical Algorithm to Assess Children with Hypotonia

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UKZN Occupational Therapy Lecturer, Dr Pragashnie Govender, was awarded her PhD after developing a new evidence-based clinical algorithm to assess children presenting with decreased muscle tone that results in hypotonia (floppiness).

Dr Moganavelli Reddy, Dr Shenuka Singh and Dr Sunitha Dookie.

Oral Health Custodians Obtain Dentistry PhDs

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Equal access to quality oral health services for South Africa’s young and old was high on the agenda of two newly graduated PhDs.

Mr Salem Kharwa and his daughters.

Father and Twin Daughters Obtain Health Sciences Degrees

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A Durban father and twin daughters all graduated with degrees from the College of Health Sciences (CHS).

Dr Samuel Otabor Wajuihian.

PhD Informs Strategy to Address Near Vision Anomalies in High School Children

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Dr Samuel Otabor Wajuihian of Nigeria obtained a PhD in Optometry after performing vision screening on over 1 200 students in the uThungulu District to identify quantity and develop strategies to address near vision anomalies in high school children.

Ms Tayla Henry.

Top Honours for Sport Science Graduate

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Hard work and a passion for people and sport helped Ms Tayla Henry (22) graduate with a summa cum laude Bachelor of Sport Science degree.

Ms Fatima Moola and Ms Tamlyn Wanless.

Occupational Therapy Students Graduate Cum Laude

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UKZN’s Discipline of Occupational Therapy (OT) salutes students, Ms Fatima Moola, Ms Tamlyn Wanless and Ms Zaakira Fakroodeen, who all graduated cum laude.

Ms Philisiwe Ximba.

Top Bachelor of Optometry Graduate Pays Tribute to her Grandma

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Family and friends of Ms Philisiwe Ximba ululated when she graduated as UKZN’s Best Overall Final-Year Optometry Student, winning a Genop Holdings - Stephen Hugo Award for the achievement.

Ms Melody Fitch and Ms Chante’ Sander.

Best Friends and “Small Town Girls” Top UKZN’s Physiotherapy Class of 2015

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UKZN’s Best Overall Physiotherapy students are cum laude graduates and best friends, Ms Melody Fitch and Ms Chante’ Sander.

Ms Minette Lister.

Compassionate Audiology Student Graduates Top of Her Class

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Ms Minette Lister (22) graduated as UKZN’s top Audiology student.

Dr Adeola Shobo and his wife, Christiana.

Nigerian Couple Complete Cutting-Edge Research During Postgrad Studies

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A Nigerian couple, Dr Adeola Shobo and his wife, Christiana, completed cutting-edge research during their postgraduate studies at UKZN.

Dr Faith Nana Dube.

PhD for Researcher Looking to Help Improve Management and Care of Mental Health Sufferers

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A UKZN PhD study conducted by Dr Faith Nana Dube explored strategies to improve the management and care of people suffering mental health conditions.

Ms Prathna Dudhrajh.

Elderly to Benefit from Study by Master’s Saliva Researcher

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UKZN staff member, Ms Prathna Dudhrajh, obtained her Master’s degree in Sport Science after completing a novel study on saliva, which will help improve the lives of senior citizens.

Dr Manimbulu Nlooto.

HIV Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Investigated

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UKZN Pharmaceutical Sciences Lecturer, Dr Manimbulu Nlooto, obtained his PhD on 14 April after completing a compelling study on the traditional, complementary and alternative medicines (TCAM) used by HIV infected patients in KwaZulu-Natal.

Dr Verusia Chetty with her family.

New Model of Care for HIV Rehabilitation Develops from PhD

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A first-of-its-kind model of care for the rehabilitation of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in South Africa is being implemented at Mariannhill near Durban where UKZN Physiotherapy Lecturer, Dr Verusia Chetty, conducted research for her PhD.