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

Mr Mpilo Sbusiso Bhengu

KZN Supports Crazy Socks4Docs Campaign

UKZN Medical students supported the #CrazySocks4Docs (CS4D) campaign to show solidarity for all medical professionals and students living with depression and other mental challenges. As part of the campaign, Falke, the Ithemba Foundation and Cipla donated 12 000 pairs of high quality, highly visible socks to medical professionals and students around South Africa. The idea was

College of Health Sciences Hosts Screening of Township Documentary for Mandela Day

The College of Health Sciences, in association with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) and the directors of the Township Yogi documentary film hosted a premier screening of the production for Mandela Day. The documentary was produced to raise awareness about the Township Yogi Project, which offers free yoga classes to people living in townships

Cutting-Edge Science Harnessed to Seek SA Healthcare Solutions

Cutting-Edge Science Harnessed to Seek SA Healthcare Solutions

The Afrocentric Precision Approach to the Control Health Epidemics (APACHE) Flagship project at UKZN is an interdisciplinary approach aimed at developing research relevant to the provision of high quality healthcare. The flagship project – which was recently launched at UKZN – has three focus areas, namely: precision medicine, precision public health and translational science. These focus areas

Professional of the Year and AfricaBio President’s Excellence Award

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC has awarded Professor Ncoza Dlova, Dean and Head of the School of Clinical Medicine with the ‘Professional of the Year’ award in recognition of her global collaborative work with a number of scientists that identified a new gene that is a major cause of permanent hair loss

Excellence in Teaching Award for UKZN CHS Academic

And for the first time at UKZN, Certificates in Excellence in Teaching were presented. They went to Professor Ruth Hoskins, Professor Shenuka Singh and Dr Miranda Young-Jahangeer. UKZN’s Director of Teaching and Learning Dr Rubby Dhunpath reflected on the attributes of those who received awards, acknowledging them as “quiet intellectuals”. ‘There is no fanfare about

HPCSA Presidential Merit Award for Optometrist

UKZN’s Optometry Senior Lecturer Dr Vanessa Moodley received the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) Health Merit Award at the 1st HPCSA National Conference at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. The aim of the HPCSA Presidential Health Merit Award is to acknowledge and recognise outstanding performance of individual practitioners. Moodley was selected as the winner


South African Women in Sciences Award

Congratulations to Professor Verusia Chetty, academic Leader of Teaching and Learning in the School of Health sciences, who made us proud last week. Professor Chetty was awarded 1st runner up in the Department of Science and Technology South African Women in Sciences Awards, in the Distinguished Young Women Humanities and Social Sciences category. The glittering