TB affects other parts of the body and not just the lungs. The eyes are also affected. The latest research posted below is good news for the treatment and management in the future of ocular TB as well.

Thursday, 11 October 2007


A government sponsored innovation centre has made a significant breakthrough in TB research. The LIFElab funded National Genomics Platform (NGP) collaborated with leading scientists from the University of KwaZulu Natal's Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine on a project to sequence the entire genome of one strain of Extensively Drug Resistant Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (XDR-TB) from a patient in KwaZulu Natal. This strain of XDR TB was successfully decoded and sequenced twenty times.

The purpose of the project was to provide a reference sequence for further projects involving sequencing of more isolates of XDR and Multi Drug Resistant-TB (MDR) from KZN. This sequence information will be used to develop rapid molecular diagnostic tools for XDR and MDR-TB. The sequence information will result in more rapid and accurate diagnostic tests for XDR and MDR TB and will assist in the development of therapeutic agents that target drug resistant TB. Furthermore, it allows for a better understanding of how TB bacteria causes disease in man. This in turn will aid in designing tools to prevent this disease.

The Discipline of Optometry was approached in Novemeber 2006 by the World Para Olympics Committee to allow use of our clinic facilities and equipment. This was for the World swimming championships which took place in Durban. Each competitor has to be classified according to their levels of disability and placed into the relevant category.

Approximately 7 000 visitors interacted with staff and students at Open Days held on the Westville and Howard College campuses on Saturday 19 May. Impressive and interactive exhibits provided prospective students and their parents the opportunity to gain insight into the various programmes offered at UKZN .The Optometry discipline once again took part.

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