Rhodes University’s Professor Adrienne Edkins has received close to R2 million from Britain as part of an international initiative to understand and treat HIV-related cancer.
The professor is part of an international programme which aims to provide opportunities for researchers in developing countries to have research partnerships with those in the United Kingdom.
This programme will allow Edkins to work with a top researcher from Leeds University, Professor Adrian Whitehouse.
Professor Edkins’ research is aiming to tackle a virus that causes Kaposi’s sarcoma, a skin cancer that is common amongst those with HIV. Kaposi’s sarcoma is caused by the virus Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) and it predominantly affects people between the ages of 20 and 49.
According to the American Cancer Society, in some areas of Africa, up to 80% of the population shows signs of KSHV infection and it has no antiviral drugs or vaccines to prevent it.
Professor Edkins said she is very excited about the research because it is addressing a societal need.
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