Nonsikelelo Ndlela wins Best Poster presentation at the 11th Infectious Disease in Africa Symposium

7 October 2022

Ms Nonsikelelo Ndlela (left in the photo), a masters research fellow mentored by CAPRISA honorary Associate Professor Lenine Liebenberg, was the winner of the best poster presentation prize at the 11th Infectious Disease in Africa Symposium held from 5-10 September 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The symposium aimed to translate the success of COVID-19 vaccines to the prevention of HIV, Malaria, and TB, said Ndlela.

Ndlela’s poster titled “Investigating the impact of POC STI/BV treatment on genital epithelial barrier integrity,” assessed the impact of treatment and the integrity of the genital epithelial barrier.

Her research work is an ancillary of the CAPRISA 083 trial that demonstrated reduced cytokine biomarkers of inflammation on point-of-care treatment for sexually transmitted infections and bacterial vaginosis.

11th IDA Symposium and Flow Cytometry Workshop
Ms Prudence Kgagudi (bottom right in the photo) and Ms Boitumelo Motsoeneng(bottom left in the photo) at the NICD were awarded scholarships to attend the 11th Infectious Diseases in Africa Symposium in Stellenbosch on 5-10 September 2022. Prudence won the 3rd prize for her poster entitled: “SARS-CoV-2 Mu variant shows variable escape from humoral responses triggered by four different variants” and Boitumelo gave a talk and presented a poster entitled: “Humoral response kinetics are delayed in SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination in people living with HIV”, where after she was invited to also attend the Flow Cytometry Workshop in Cape Town on 12-16 September.