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

Top of the Class for Bachelor of Sport Science Graduate

This accomplishment was not expected, but I am honoured because I worked hard and tried to improve each year,’ said Mrs Casey Lee van den Berg after she graduated with a Bachelor of Sport Science Honours (Biokinetics). She also received her Discipline’s two awards, the Academic and Clinical Trophies. ‘I decided to study Biokinetics because

Master’s Degree for Study on Dentistry Students’ Perceptions of Antimicrobials

Ms Jaynitha Gangiah, an academic in the Discipline of Dentistry, graduated with a Master’s degree in Dentistry for her study that was motivated by the fact that in South Africa prescribing antimicrobials for dental use by dental practitioners (including dental therapists) is not standardised. Gangiah’s study was titled: Perceptions and Attitudes of Antimicrobial Prescription for