CHS Welcomes New Dean and Head of School of Health Sciences

Click here for isiZulu version Professor Khathutshelo Percy Mashige is the new Dean and Head of the School of Health Sciences at UKZN. ‘I am proud and ecstatic,’ said Mashige. ‘I felt I was in with a chance of being appointed but was a bit anxious and apprehensive about it.’ He aims to encourage and

Bels Gym Supervisor Wins Gold

UKZN’s Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences (Bels) gym supervisor, Ms Zamile Nduli was crowned a wellness fitness champion at an IFBB LIVING Legends at the Station Urban Event in Durban. This qualified her for an invitation to Arnold Classic Africa 2021 – Multiple Sport Festival, Art and Lifestyle Expo, scheduled to take place from 14

Visual Function in NIPLHIV Study Earns Optometrist a Doctorate

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). The novel study highlights the importance of monitoring the eye structure and vision of NIPLHIV, which is an often neglected area, given that these patients

UKZN Lecturer Develops a Paediatric Vision Screening Tool

Optometry lecturer, Dr Naimah Ebrahim Khan’s PhD study focused on the development of a paediatric vision screening tool. Supervised by Professor Rekha Hansraj, Ebrahim Khan developed a software programme, Basic Ocular Ngane Assessment (BONA) that can be used by non-optometrists to conduct vision screening in primary schools. ‘BONA is comprehensive and conforms to the standards

Speech Language Pathology Student Excels

‘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. She also scooped the School of Health Science’s awards for the top student in

Top Audiology Student Receives Two Awards

‘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. ‘My class of 2019 was extremely hard working and anyone

PhD for UKZN HAND Investigators

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). Currently employed as postdoctoral fellows, the graduates were supervised by leading pharmaceutical chemistry expert, recipient

Exclusion of Clofazimine is a Barrier to Access

‘Tuberculosis (TB) is a public health crisis despite being curable, and claims approximately 4 000 lives globally every day,’ noted Dr Nirupa Misra who graduated with a PhD in Pharmacy. Supervised by Professors Panjasaram Naidoo and Nesri Padayatchi, Misra conducted a two-phase study focusing on access and evaluating dose-weight interactions on outcomes. She found that the

Optometrist Graduates with a PhD

Dr Okenwa-Vincent Emmanuel was awarded a PhD in Optometry for his study on Health-related quality of life and utility for uncorrected refractive errors (URE) amongst school going adolescents of Kakamega County in Kenya. Supervised by Professor Peter Clarke-Farr and Dr Jyotikumarie Naidoo, the cross-sectional study involved secondary school adolescents aged from 13 to 25. Trained teachers screened students from