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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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“Are you going to die, Mom?” Talking to your young children about your HIV status helps them cope better

New scientific research from South Africa strengthens international evidence that children whose parents have a life-threatening disease such as HIV can benefit from their parents communicating with them about their illness and possible death. South Africa has high rates of HIV and recent estimates from 23 Sub-Saharan African countries show that up to 30% of

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New research opportunities at the Africa Health Research Institute

The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) was established on October 1, 2016 as a merger between the Africa Centre for Population Health and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV. It is made possible through support from Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. AHRI is a cross disciplinary research institute, focussing on defeating HIV,

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Our Scientists

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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“Are you going to die, Mom?” Talking to your young children about your HIV status helps them cope better

New scientific research from South Africa strengthens international evidence that children whose parents have a life-threatening disease such as HIV can benefit from their parents communicating with them about their illness and possible death. South Africa has high rates of HIV and recent estimates from 23 Sub-Saharan African countries show that up to 30% of

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NEWS | Research

HIV ‘speeds up’ its cycle time

Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) scientists have answered a longstanding question about how fast HIV spreads at the cellular level. The new research is published in the scientific journal PLOS Pathogens. While much is known about how the HIV virus transmits, the factors influencing how fast HIV multiplies or expresses within a single cell are

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NEWS | Research

New research opportunities at the Africa Health Research Institute

The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) was established on October 1, 2016 as a merger between the Africa Centre for Population Health and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV. It is made possible through support from Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. AHRI is a cross disciplinary research institute, focussing on defeating HIV,

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