Doctoral Scholar to Speak at the International Diabetes CongressGeneral

Doctoral student Mr Ugochukwu Offor who will speak at a diabetes congress in London next year.Doctoral student Mr Ugochukwu Offor who will speak at a diabetes congress in London next year.

A UKZN PhD student has been selected to present at the International Congress on the Prevention of Diabetes in London in October next year.

Mr Ugochukwu Offor of the Department of Anatomy in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences (LMMS) will present his research topic: “Momordica Charantia Ameliorates - Diabetic Kidney Disease”.

This follows his nomination by the College of Health Sciences (CHS) selection committee that pin-pointed Offor as the best candidate among many applications received by the committee to attend the Congress.

Offor’s most recent paper published in the Minerva Urologica 2016 was a selection requirement that provided him with an excellent chance of being selected.  The publication is titled: “Does Hypoxis Hemerocallidea Mitigate Renal Injuries Following Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy?

The 22nd International Congress on Prevention of Diabetes Conference provides an opportunity for participants to share knowledge and expertise while networking with researchers and industrial professionals. The Conference aims to attract renowned scientists, physicians, surgeons, young researchers, industrial delegates and talented student communities.

Outlining his research presentation for next year’s conference, Offor said diabetic nephropathy had become a primary cause of end-stage kidney disease. ‘Several complex dynamics converge together to accelerate the advancement of diabetic nephropathy. The aim of this study is to explore the mechanism of reno-protective nature of Momordica Charantia following antiretroviral therapy in adult male Sprague-Dawley rats by evaluating the anti-hyperglycemic effects as well as markers for oxidative stress and antioxidant proficiency in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.

‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  I am extremely humbled to have been chosen to attend the Conference.  The recognition has improved my confidence and inspiration to realise my dreams.’

Lihle Sosibo