Two University of Botswana PhD students in the School of Allied Health Professions, Faculty of Health Sciences have won awards for 2018 Best Oral Presentation and 2018 Best Overall Student, respectively. Kaelo Seatla and Leabaneng Tawe were honoured at the recent Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV research Excellence (SANTHE) Annual Consortium Meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda from 26-27 September 2018.
The special awards are aimed at supporting emerging professionals in the field of research and academics.Each year SANTHE honours students who demonstrate excellent academic achievement, strong character, leadership skills and community involvement during their annual meeting.
SANTHE is a multinational research network of multidisciplinary experts, working together to empower African scientists and combat HIV, Tuberculosis and HIV/TB co-infection. This is achieved through pioneering basic, clinical and translational research. SANTHE participating institutions are in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia.
The Network aims to strengthen South-South cooperation, create enabling environments for excellence in research in Africa and train the next-generation African leaders in science. The Consortium is focusing on HIV and TB research, as this ‘syndemic’is a public health crisis in Africa that requires the full weight of basic science, translational/clinical research, and political and social mobilization. SANTHE has 74 fellows in total (12 interns, 27 Masters, 26 PhD and 9 Post-doc) representing 10 African nationalities.
Kaelo’s project focuses on virological and clinical responses to Dolutegravir combination antiretroviral treatment regimens in Highly Treatment Experienced patients in Botswana, enrolled in the ‘’Test and Treat” programme – specifically investigating the development of novel HIV drug resistance mutations.
Leabaneng’s project focuses on exploring the possible impact of HIV infection on the distribution of human papillomavirus (HPV) subtypes and host epigenetic changes and HPV genetic variation associated with cervical cancer progression.
Very well done to both of you, Kaelo and Leabaneng! Congratulations on your impressive achievements and may your successes go far into the future.
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