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UKZN specialist all set for US study trip

UKZN specialist physician Dr Sipho Duncan Ntshalintshali has been chosen by the Gender Equality and Career Development Committee (GEC) of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) to attend the Advanced Course in Basic and Clinical Immunology offered by the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) in California in the United States in March.

This course will provide an in-depth review of the latest developments in immunology relating to human immune-mediated diseases. New technologies and novel therapies in the field of clinical immunology and immunotherapy will also form part of this course.

The intensive educational and networking course emphasises mechanisms of human disease and scientific underpinnings of new immune therapies. This course covers the major topics in cellular and molecular immunology, including innate immunity, B cells, T cells, dendritic cells, cytokines and mucosal immunity.

Cuban-trained Ntshalintshali (35) of Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal is Acting Head of Department for Internal Medicine at the Port Shepstone Regional Hospital and one of very few specialist physicians in the province.

He attained his medical degree at UKZN Medical School with support from the Cuban government.

In 2018, he completed his fellowship in the College of Physicians of South Africa Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) through UKZN. He also obtained his Masters' Degree in Internal Medicine (MMed) at UKZN last year.

Words: Lihle Sosibo