Victor Daitz Gateway funding supports UKZN Academics

A number of TB and HIV researchers from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) have benefitted from funding from Victor Daitz Information Gateway funding over recent months.

Vinod Patel was invited to speak at a Tuberculous Meningitis (TBM) Meeting in Dalat, Vietnam from 20-23 May 2015.  Patel is a former PhD student of Victor Daitz Chair of TB and HIV and the two have published several papers on the diagnosis of TBM. The Victor Daitz Gateway funded the international fights.

Avashna Singh attended the Keystone Symposium: E1, Mechanisms of HIV Persistence: Implications for a Cure which was held at the Boston Park Plaza in Boston, USA on April 26 – May 1, 2015. She presented a poster entitled “Drug Resistance Mutations associated with Protease Inhibitor failure in KZN, South Africa”. She was awarded a full scholarship for this trip. The Victor Daitz Gateway covered her visa fees. Avashna is an MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Gordon at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is also one of Dr. Gordon’s Research Assistants.

Nompumulelo Mkhwanazi attended the Keystone HIV Vaccines conference at the Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta, Canada from 22-27 March 2015. She presented a poster entitled “Development of phenotypic assay to evaluate the effect of RNase H mutations of HIV-1 subtype C on the reverse transcriptase inhibitors”. Nompumulelo is a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Gordon at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is also a developmental lecturer at UKZN. The Victor Daitz Gateway covered her visa fees.

Faatima Laher attended the Keystone HIV Vaccines conference at the Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta, Canada from 22-27 March 2015. She was awarded a full scholarship for this trip but the Gateway covered her visa fees and airport transfers. She presented a poster entitled “HLA-DRB1 restriction characteristics of HIV-specific CD4+ T-cell responses in chronic HIV-1 clade C infection”. In 2014, Faatima was an MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Zaza Ndhlovu. She is now a PhD student at HPP under Dr. Ndhlovu’s supervision.

Urisha Singh attended the International HIV Drug Resistance Workshop in Seattle from 21-22 February 2015. She presented a poster entitled “Transmitted drug resistance in an acute infection cohort from Durban, South Africa: A view of Sanger sequencing versus ultra-deep sequencing”. Urisha is currently a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Gordon. Urisha's trip was funded in part by the Connect Africa scholarship and the Victor Daitz Gateway.

Publication Date: May 2015