K-RITH PhD student Rosemary Swanson's presentation was entitled ‘Pharmacokinetics of Clofazamine in the murine model of Tuberculosis’, or to put it in layman’s terms, she spoke about how the TB drug Clofazamine distributes within the body of a mouse infected with TB.
Over 3000 learners got a boost in their understanding of tuberculosis (TB) recently when their schools participated in an outreach programme run by K-RITH which aimed to raise awareness about this deadly disease for World TB Day 2014.
DURBAN, South Africa. 24 March 2014: On World Tuberculosis Day, IBM and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) have announced plans to research new treatment approaches to fight tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa. IBM’s Big Data analytics technologies will be put to work on bacterial genetics and drug susceptibility tests to better understand the genomic mechanisms that cause resistance to antibiotics. The ultimate goal is to find new treatments and diagnostic approaches to fight TB.
Thomas Scribaemphasised a new perspective in the challenge to find an effective TB vaccine at what was the second K-RITH Seminar series talk to take place in 2014. His team is looking at what happens in the immune systems of patients who succumb to TB before they get sick.
“The Seminar Series is part of an on-going effort to learn more about other exciting research that is underway in South Africa. It aims to further scientific integration and collaboration amongst South African scientists” said K-RITH Assistant Investigator, Dr. Al Leslie who is in charge of organising the series.
Dr. Digby Warner, Senior Research Officer, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) and Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, will be speaking on 'A vitamin B12 shot for Mycobacterium tuberculosis'
K-RITH will host an Interactive Biostatistics Course from 26 - 30 May 2014. The primary goal of this course is to give participants an overview of the various biostatistical methods used in medical research so that they can both employ these techniques in their own research and better understand the results presented in medical literature.