Officials from Columbia, Makerere and Denver universities collaborate

1 November 2022

CAPRISA hosted officials from the universities of Columbia, Makerere and Denver aimed at strengthening partnerships and future research collaborations.   
Prof Barun Mathema, Professor of Public Health at Columbia University, New York visited CAPRISA in September and was hosted by Prof Kogie Naidoo, Deputy Director of CAPRISA. Mathema (TARGET TB Principal Investigator) and Naidoo (TARGET TB co-Principal Investigator) undertook a visit to the TARGET TB study site in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal. Mathema also held discussions with Dr Rubeshan Perumal, CAPRISA Senior Scientist and Pulmonologist.

Photo (L-R) Prof Barun Mathema, Dr Rubeshan Perumal, Ms Pinky Motsomi (Study Coordinator) and Prof Kogie Naidoo


Dr David Meya, Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda visited CAPRISA on 7th October and held discussions with Professor Kogie Naidoo, Dr Bernadett Gosnell and Dr Richard Lessells to gain insight into CAPRISA’s core research studies in TB-HIV Treatment.

Photo (L-R): Dr Bernadett Gosnell, Principal Medical Officer at the Department of Infectious Disease UKZN; Dr Richard Lessells, Clinical Infectious Diseases Specialist at KRISP; Professor Kogie Naidoo, CAPRISA Deputy Director and Dr David Meya


Dr Corinne Lengsfeld, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education at Denver University visited CAPRISA on 19th October and met with Dr Tanuja Gengiah, Head of Pharmacy, Dr Nonhlanhla Yende-Zuma, Head of Statistics and Dr Lenine Liebenberg, Senior Scientist. Gengiah led the discussions on CAPRISA’s TB-HIV prevention, treatment and Covid-19 research. A highlight of her visit was a tour of CAPRISA’s main laboratory by Mrs Natasha Samsunder, Director Laboratories. 

Photo (L-R): Dr Lenine Liebenberg, Dr Tanuja Gengiah, Dr Corinne Lengsfeld, Mrs Natasha Samsunder and Dr Nonhlanhla Yende-Zuma