02 June 2020
Volume: 8
Issue: 21
PhD in Medical Biochemistry graduate, Dr Taskeen Fathima Docrat.

Pioneering Study Explores the Protective Effects of Metformin in the Brain and Kidneys

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Dr Taskeen Fathima Docrat graduated with a PhD in Medical Biochemistry for her study on the protective effects of Metformin in the brain and kidney.

PhD graduate, Dr Gloria Pila-Nemutandani.

PhD Study Focuses on Children with ADHD

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Dr Gloria Pila-Nemutandani’s PhD in Behavioural Medicine investigated lateralisation and compared gross motor skills in order to establish whether children with ADHD have deficits in fine motor skills.

PhD in Anatomy graduate, Dr Ugochukwu Offor.

Momordica Herb Proven to Preserve Kidney Functionality in Diabetic Antiretroviral Users

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Dr Ugochukwu Offor graduated with a PhD in Anatomy for his investigation on the role of Momordica charantia (a medicinal plant) in preserving the kidneys due to the side effects of highly active antiretroviral therapy.

Clockwise from top left: Drs Sipho Mdanda, Sphamandla Ntshangase and Sooraj Baijnath.

PhD for UKZN HAND Investigators

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Drs Sipho Mdanda and Sphamandla Ntshangase graduated from UKZN’s Catalysis and Peptide Research Unit (CPRU) with doctoral degrees for their studies investigating anti-retroviral drug’s (ARVs) penetration of the central nervous system (CNS) for the treatment of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND).

Top Audiology student, Ms Aaminah Peer.

Top Audiology Student Receives Two Awards

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‘I feel honoured as well as blessed. The endless hours of studying, tears, laughter and support from my friends and family have paid off,’ said top Audiology student, Ms Aaminah Peer who also received the School of Health Science's top Academic and Clinical skills awards.

PhD in Sport Science graduate, Dr Adula Fikreyesus.

Ethiopian Higher Football League Assessed in Doctoral Study

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Dr Adula Fikreyesus’ study on Monitoring Training, Recovery and Performance in the Ethiopian Higher Football League earned him a PhD in Sport Science.

Dr Alvin Munsamy graduated with a PhD in Optometry.

Visual Function in NIPLHIV Study Earns Optometrist a Doctorate

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Optometry academic, Dr Alvin Munsamy, graduated with a doctoral degree for his study titled: The Impact of Structural Retinal Changes on Visual Function in Non-Immunocompromised People Living with HIV (NIPLHIV).

Zimbabwean national and PhD graduate, Dr Armstrong Dzomba.

Doctoral Study Assesses Effects of Mobility on HIV Risk

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Dr Armstrong Dzomba’s PhD study investigated the effects of mobility on HIV acquisition risk in South Africa.

Dr Ntokozo Maphanga has fulfilled her dream of becoming a Medical doctor.

Medical Student Overcomes Funding Challenges to Graduate

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Lack of funding remains a challenge for many South African students, with some having to give up on their dreams.

UKZN lecturer, Dr Nomaxabiso Mooi.

Lecturer Awarded PhD in Nursing

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Dr Nomaxabiso Mooi’s PhD study examined enteral nutritional therapy practices, availability and implementation of related guidelines in adults within district hospitals and primary healthcare centres, with the goal of developing an implementation model relevant to the South African context.

PhD graduate and Ghanaian national, Dr Luke Laari.

Study Encourages Nurses to Advocate for the Less Privileged

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Dr Luke Laari’s study titled: Developing a Health Advocacy Theory to Advance Nursing Practice in Ghana: A Grounded Theory, explored knowledge, acceptance and practice of the health advocacy role among nurses in the country.

Top Medical student, Dr Ahmed Sameer Ikram.

Doctor Awarded Degree Summa Cum Laude

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UKZN’s top Medical student, Dr Ahmed Sameer Ikram who graduated summa cum laude, said this achievement means a lot to him and is a testament of his hard work over the years.

Top Speech Language Pathology student, Ms Amy Russel.

Speech Language Pathology Student Excels

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‘To graduate as one of the top students in your class, is an honour. I cannot thank my family, friends and educators enough,’ said an elated Ms Amy Roseanne Russell who was one of the top students in Speech Language Pathology.

UKZN lecturer and Phd graduate, Dr Naimah Ebrahim Khan.

UKZN Lecturer Develops a Paediatric Vision Screening Tool

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Optometry lecturer, Dr Naimah Ebrahim Khan’s PhD study focused on the development of a paediatric vision screening tool.

Dr Bongani Alphonse Nkala graduated with a PhD in Physiology.

Physiology Study Investigates African Plants with Antidiabetic Properties

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Dr Bongani Alphonse Nkala’s PhD in Physiology investigated eight South African plants that are traditionally used for medical purposes but have not been scientifically validated.