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K-RITH conducts cutting-edge scientific research on TB and HIV and aims to translate the findings into new tools to control these diseases.

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K-RITH Acting Director Dennis McKearin appointed HHMI Vice President, Operations

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has appointed HHMI Senior Scientific Officer and K-RITH Acting Director Dr Dennis McKearin as their Vice President of Operations. Dr McKearin will take up the position, based at HHMI headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD in the United States, from September 1, 2016. McKearin joined HHMI in 2008 from the

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Launch of new R1.2-billion KwaZulu-Natal research powerhouse

The KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV (K-RITH) and Africa Centre for Population Health have joined to form an exciting new interdisciplinary research institute, called the Africa Health Research Institute. We aim to become a source of fundamental discoveries into the susceptibility, transmission and cure of HIV and TB and related diseases, seeking always to improve

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Adrie Steyn

STEYN LAB

The main goal of the Steyn Lab’s research is to understand the mechanisms whereby Mycobacterium tuberculosis persist for decades without causing disease, to then suddenly explode.

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Al Leslie

LESLIE LAB

The Leslie Lab investigates the innate immune response to HIV and TB and how novel aspects of this response may potentially be exploited to improve patient outcomes.

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Alex Sigal

SIGAL LAB

The aim of the Sigal Lab is to understand HIV and TB transmission between cells and how it affects the persistence of infection, sensitivity to drugs, rate of the infection cycle and, for HIV, the formation of a quasispecies.

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Alexander Pym

PYM LAB

The Pym Lab focusses on understanding how the TB bacterium is able to tolerate or resist antibiotics.

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Frederick Balagaddé

BALAGADDE LAB

The Balagaddé lab hosts the first microfluidic chip-making foundry in Africa. They are developing medical microchip systems to help control the HIV and TB co-epidemic in South Africa and beyond.

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Thumbi Ndung'u

NDUNG'U LAB

The goal of the Ndung’u laboratory is to understand immune mechanisms against HIV and tuberculosis, and pathogen evasion of immune responses as a pathway to vaccine development.

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K-RITH students win awards at research symposium

K-RITH PhD student Amanda Wellmann and Masters student Kashmeel Maharaj have won prizes for their presentations at the recent UKZN College of Health Sciences Research Symposium. More than 100 staff members and postgraduate students presented posters and talks at the two-day event held at the K-RITH Tower Building at UKZN’s Nelson R. Mandela School of

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Outstanding postdoctoral scientists wanted

Join Professor Tanser’s research group: outstanding postdoctoral scientists wanted for cutting-edge HIV research (Three posts). The Africa Centre for Population Health has merged with the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV (K-RITH) to form the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), one of South Africa’s largest independent research institutes. The unification of these local institutes brings together the

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K-RITH Acting Director Dennis McKearin appointed HHMI Vice President, Operations

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has appointed HHMI Senior Scientific Officer and K-RITH Acting Director Dr Dennis McKearin as their Vice President of Operations. Dr McKearin will take up the position, based at HHMI headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD in the United States, from September 1, 2016. McKearin joined HHMI in 2008 from the

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