Nephrologists Graduate with PhDs and Join Elite Group

Dr Nomandla Madala and Dr Kwazi Celani Ndlovu have graduated with Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Medicine, joining an elite group of just seven Specialist Physicians and Nephrologists holding PhDs in South Africa. Madala and Ndlovu were supervised by Professor Alain Assounga of the School of Clinical Medicine at UKZN. ‘I am ecstatic!’ said Madala,

Medical Graduates Receive Prestigious Eucerin Award

UKZN’s Department of Dermatology in the School of Clinical Medicine recently awarded seven top performing Dermatology final-year Medical students with Eucerin Awards valued at one thousand rand (R1 000) each during the Final Year awards ceremony held by the College of Health Sciences at UKZN Howard campus. The Eucerin awardees are Dr Adhavna Bodasing, Dr

Inheritance Patterns in Drug Usage Researched for Degree

Dr Duyilemi Chris Ajonijebu was always determined to venture out beyond teaching into the challenging field of research and proof of his success in doing that was evident for all to see when he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (Physiology) degree. Ajonijebu’s PhD study, titled: Characterising Epigenetic Alterations Following Cocaine Consumption, focused on the

Against the Odds – Refugee Student Obtains PhD

He came, he saw, he studied hard and overcame. Things were not easy for Dr Ngomu “Akeem” Akilimali – among the many challenges were being French-speaking and a refugee with little money in his pockets. But at the end of a long and winding road which started in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),

Neuroscientist Hopes to Counter Awareness Barriers Around Mental Disorders

PhD graduate of Philosophy in Human Physiology, Dr Khayelihle Brian Makhathini, plans to establish an awareness programme that will educate communities about mental disorders. Makhathini, who currently works as an Academic Development Officer in the School of Laboratory Medicine, says he is looking forward to this year’s Canadian IBRO-USCRC School of Neuroscience gathering titled: Neural

Medical Doctor Graduates Despite Severe Brain Damage

Dr Nkosinathi Shongwe, who survived a fatal motor vehicle accident, which claimed the life of his friend and colleague, Mr Tumelo Seliane – a final-year Medical student at UKZN in 2015 – has graduated. Shongwe sustained serious neurological damage in the accident and could not continue with his studies for more than a year. In

Four Medical Biochemist Researchers Awarded Doctorates

The Discipline of Medical Biochemistry at UKZN’s College of Health Sciences celebrated achievements of four Medical Biochemist Scientists who were awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences degrees. The four PhD holders are Dr Sanil Duleep Singh, Dr Shanel Raghubeer,  Dr Samantha Mary Anderson and Dr Prishani Nansook. Said Singh: ‘It’s been a long road

Top Medical Student Graduates Cum Laude and Bags Academic Honours

Dean’s Commendations in each of her six years of study, Certificates of Merit in five of six final year subjects, graduating with an MBChB cum laude and receiving several subject prizes like the EB Adams Award for the Highest mark in Medicine and the Eucerine Dermatology award, Dr Lisha Jeena can look back with a

Medical Sciences Student Graduates Summa Cum Laude after Uphill Battle

Ms Akhona Sikutshwa was awarded her Medical Sciences degree summa cum laude from the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Science. Sikutshwa (27) worked as a retail sales assistant so she could pay for her transport costs and other expenses because she didn’t like the idea of having to ask for money from home. ‘It

Medical Student Graduates Summa Cum Laude … and Lives his Dream

Dr Mohammed Yusuf Hussain has always admired MBChB candidates who graduated summa cum laude and now he is one of them! Hussain says he remembers the name of every MBChB summa cum laude graduate at UKZN for the past six years as it has been his dream to hold the title. For his final year exam, Hussain