Complementary Herbal Medicines used by HIV-positive Patients under the Spotlight
Dr Idowu Kehinde Ademola’s PhD in Medicine (Virology) focused on the pharmacokinetic influence of phytochemical components from complementary herbal medicines used by HIV-positive patients in South Africa on the drug-metabolising proteins of HIV-1 protease drugs.
The study found that these phytochemical components could either inhibit or induce the drug-metabolising proteins, thereby altering the plasma concentrations of HIV-1 protease drugs.
‘I am proud of this accomplishment,’ he said. ‘It has been my desire to contribute to the field of infectious disease and when the opportunity arose to study virology, I embraced it.’
He added that while his PhD journey was not a smooth one, with the help of God, determination, and his wonderful supervisors, Professors Michelle Gordon and Manimbulu Nlooto, he overcame the challenges. He is a proud husband to his supportive wife, Deborah Abiol and has been blessed with a child, Eriifeoluwasimi Mayer.
‘My study experience at UKZN was a great one, filled with joy and wonderful memories.’
Words: Lihle Sosibo