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Automatic diagnosis of genital schistosomiasis

Dr Sigve Holmen’s PhD thesis showed an interesting, innovative non-invasive approach to the diagnosis of Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS), representing an original contribution to the knowledge in the field. BRIGHT Researcher, Sigve Homen (right), defended his PhD thesis against United Kingdom opponents Professor Gabriel Landini and Professor Albert Singer (left). The sensitivity for detection of FGS of (83%) and specificity of (73%)  might not at first appear to be as high as desirable and a mobile app must be developed further. However, the figures are very good for a first attempt to make an objective diagnostic tool for FGS. Professor Albert Singer who is an expert colposcopist emphasised that the technique holds the possibility to both train health professionals in FGS and ensure quality control of the diagnosis. We congratulate Dr Holmen with a unique and significant contribution to female health. Title: “Computer Image Analysis as a Diagnostic Tool in Female Genital Schistosomiasis” PhD registered: University of Oslo (UoO), Norway Main supervisor: Professor Eyrun F Kjetland (Oslo University Hospital/University of KwaZulu-Natal) Co-supervisors: Professor Mathias Onsrud (Gynaecology, Oslo University Hospital/UoO) and Professor Fritz Albregtsen (Informatics, UoO)... read more

Human papillomavirus types in young women

BRIGHT Researcher, Nonhlanhla Mbatha (right) was awarded a PhD for her work on virus types in rural young women that may cause cancer. High-risk human papillomavirus infections occur frequently in young women. The available vaccines cover up to seven high-risk-HPV types and two low-risk types. Amongst 1223 rural young women of KwaZulu-Natal 301 (25%) were positive for hr-HPV. The nine predominant genotypes in descending order were HPV types 16 (22 %), 51 (13 %), types 18 (13 %), 35 (11%), 33 (11%), 56 (9 %), 45 (8 %), 52 (7 %) and type 59 (7 %). The types HPV 35, 51, 56 and 59 – representing as many as 40.62% of the dangerous viruses, are not covered by any vaccine. These types were among the most prevalent in the young women of KwaZulu-Natal. This poses an important hurdle in the fight against cervical cancer and new vaccines should be developed. We congratulate Dr Mbatha and her main tutor (Dr Zilungile Kwitshana, left) with the eminent work. Title: “Human papillomavirus in adolescents in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa” PhD registered: University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa Main supervisor: Dr Zilungile Kwitshana (Mangosuthu University of Technology, South Africa/UKZN) Co-supervisors: Professor Myra Taylor (UKZN) and Dr Marc Baay (University of Antwerp,... read more

Otimati Clinic opens for youth

The BRIGHT Otimati Youth Research Clinic in Ilembe had the honour of welcoming dignitaries from the National Department of Health (DoH) Head office in Tshwane. The dignitaries were led by the Director for Communicable Disease Control Ms Tsakani Furumele and the Head of Helminth Control Mrs Takalani Nemungadi. Also present were six of their team members and a representative from the Ilembe DoH, Mrs Nontobeko Ndadane. This comes as the BRIGHT research team embarks on the world’s first a randomized control trial on important research questions. Young women in Ilembe and King Cetshwayo Districts will again be invited for world class investigations. The dignitaries were given a tour of the research clinic and staff members presented the study recruitment activities, from driving to get the high school learners to how they go about with the procedures. The delegation was in KZN for a three day meeting dedicated to several aspects of Helminthic diseases, Bilharzia has been found to be very common in King Cetshwayo and Ilembe... read more