At the faculty of medicine (department of pharmacy) of the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Ousmane Sy defended, this Thursday, January 28, 2021, his unique doctoral thesis on superficial mycoses in Mauritania. The theme of this thesis was: establishment of a mycological diagnostic laboratory and epidemiological study of superficial mycoses in Mauritania. Dr Ousmane Sy obtained the very honorable mention with the congratulations of the jury.

For this thesis, the work of the applicant was focused on the establishment of a mycological diagnostic unit and the epidemiological study of mucocutaneous mycoses in Mauritania. Dr Sy has done a remarkable job on medical mycology which has been his passion since the beginning of the internship. This thesis was the opportunity for him to work on superficial fungal infections in Mauritania.

This work has been the subject of three articles published in major international journals and a fourth in publication. This allows Mauritania to have its first row epidemiological data on scalp ringworms in schools; onychomycosis and vulvovaginal candidiasis. The thesis was supervised by the eminent Professor of parasitology at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar and the American University of Harvard, Pr Daouda Ndiaye. It is a work of four years (2015-2019) which has been crowned with success.

After setting up a mycological diagnostic unit in the laboratory of the Mother and Child Hospital of Nouakchott, Dr Sy carried out three epidemiological surveys during a period of 3 years from January 2015 to November 2018. They related to scalp ringworms (TBI) in schools, onychomycosis and vulvovaginal candidiasis (CVV).

In his unique thesis, Dr Sy reports that '' fungal infections are frequent in Mauritania. They are dominated by yeasts of the genus Candida, followed by dermatophytes and then molds. The laboratory remains an essential tool for the diagnosis and management of fungal infections but it is almost absent in medical custom in Mauritania. '' Sy Ousmane has a doctorate in pharmacy option biology obtained in 2011 with very honorable mention. He had passed the Dakar hospital internship competition in pharmacy in 2008. Moreover, he is the first Mauritanian and the only one to have succeeded in pharmacy to obtain his title of former resident of Dakar hospitals. in 2013.

Pharmacist biologist, Dr Ousmane Sy has been responsible for teaching parasitology at the National School of Public Health since 2015. He supervised 7 research master's theses in molecular biology from the science faculty of the University of Nouakchott Al Asrya since 2016 (6 have defended and one is pending).

Source: Calame (28/01/2021)