Bell Awards for UKZN Registrars

UKZN Psychiatry Registrars scooped MS Bell Awards at the South African Society of Psychiatrists’ Biological Psychiatry Congress held in Cape Town in September. The awards are bestowed by the College of Psychiatrists of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. Dr Thejini Naidoo’s presentation on Burnout, Anxiety and Depression in South African Doctors Working in

Seminar Explores Practical Approaches to Communication in Health Care

The seminar on Practical Approaches to Communication in Health Care in sub-Saharan Africa hosted by the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) in collaboration with UKZN’s Department of Family Medicine featured key local and international experts. Communication is central to health care provision, but is often dismissed as a “soft” skill and does not

Health Sciences Community Pledges to Protect Women

The School of Health Sciences hosted its Annual Oath Taking Ceremony in which final-year students took an oath to abide by the ethical and professional standards of all professional bodies … and this year at the same occasion, the School encouraged all male staff, students and parents in attendance to commit to protecting women against

UKZN Neurosurgeon Leads Team Performing Deep Brain Stimulation

A UKZN Neurosurgeon, Dr Nomusa Shezi, led a team of medical specialists and practioners who performed deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedures on two patients with movement disorders. The procedures were performed at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban where UKZN’s Discipline of Neurosurgery is based. The Discipline, a leader in the field of

UKZN Academic Appointed to Physiology Society

Senior lecturer and Physiologist in UKZN’s School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, Dr Andile Khathi has been appointed Secretary General and Treasurer of the Physiology Society of Southern Africa (PSSA). The society that was founded in 1971 brings together physiologists and molecular biologists in southern Africa to discuss and shape the direction of scientific

Innovative Best Teaching Practices Promoted at Symposium

Excellence in Teaching and Learning through innovative best teaching practices was promoted at a College of Health Sciences’ (CHS) symposium. ‘This theme is very fitting because as a learning institution we continuously seek new ways our curriculum in the College can encourage innovation and creativity in students,’ said Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College

UKZN Professors

Multi-million Rand Research Award to UKZN’s Scientists for Cutting-Edge Study

Scientists from UKZN’s College of Health Sciences have received a R12.8 million grant from the South African Medical Research Council and the Medical Research Council UK/Newton Fund for a UK-South Africa Joint Initiative on Mental Health. The award will fund the implementation of a three-year multidisciplinary global health research study on first-episode psychosis in Msunduzi

Dr Andrew Tomita and Dr Richard Lessells with co-authors Professor Frank Tanser and Professor Tulio de Oliveira

Upscaling of ART Coverage Reduces TB in South Africa

A groundbreaking study indicating a significant link between the scale up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage and a reduction in cases of tuberculosis (TB) has been published. The work is that of scientists from UKZN’s College of Health Sciences (CHS), the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), and the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI).

Dr Tivani Mashamba-Thompson

Two Prestigious International Awards for Academic

Academic Leader: Research in the School of Nursing and Public Health, Dr Tivani Mashamba-Thompson, is the recipient of two prestigious international fellowships. The first was awarded by the Canadian government AIDS clinical trials infrastructure, Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) Fellowship, while the second was bestowed by the University College London’s Centre for the Advancement of