EDCTP Alumni Network

Fostering excellence and collaboration in the next generation of researchers

Join the Next COVID-19 Clinical Forum Webinar, 1 June 2021
07 May 2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our monthly COVID-19 Clinical Forum program has disseminated the latest emerging data on pathology, therapeutic options, diagnostics, public health strategies, vaccines, and beyond. This year alone, more than 900 participants from 93 countries across all continents have participated in the webinars. Healthcare providers involved in the care of SARS-CoV2 infected patients, infectious disease clinicians, clinical virologists, primar...read more

UNAIDS Press Release: United Nations Secretary-General calls for a greater focus on ending inequalities to end AIDS
07 May 2021

Forty years since the first AIDS cases were reported and just weeks before the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS, the United Nations Secretary-General has released a new report with recommendations and targets to get the world on track to end AIDS

NEW YORK, 30 April 2021—The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has warned that despite intensive action and progress made against HIV in some places and population group...read more

Virtual meeting: Treatment Strategies and Antiviral Resistance, 26-28 May 2021
07 May 2021

Are you a healthcare professional looking to improve your knowledge and optimize treatment for PLWH in the COVID-19 era? Then join the top European experts at the upcoming European Meeting on HIV and Hepatitis – Treatment Strategies and Antiviral Drug Resistance 2021 for the latest updates.

This meeting aims to:
- Gather professionals in the fields of HIV and hepatitis clinical care and research in an interactive workshop settin...read more

Call for Abstracts: 10th EDCTP Forum - 'Equity in research for health', Mozambique, 17 – 20 October 2021
30 April 2021

The 10th EDCTP Forum will be held as a virtual meeting hosted from the Joaquin Chissano International Conference Centre in Maputo from 17 – 20 October 2021.
The Forum theme – Equity in research for health – is at the core of the EDCTP mission. The second EDCTP programme, EDCTP2, has seen increasing participation from across Africa and Europe in our projects. Nevertheless, gender and geographical disparities remain. We welcome your engagement and your input i...read more

Last chance to submit your abstract and/or session for the 52nd Union World Conference | Deadline 4 May 2021
29 April 2021

There is only one week left to share your research and participate to the 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health, to be held virtually on 19-22 October. Submissions will close on 4 May at 23.59 CEST.

We welcome submissions on issues including tuberculosis (TB) and TB co-infections, tobacco control, lung health and air pollution, as well as civil society initiatives, community engagement, human rights and other related topi...read more

Workshop: HIV & Adolescence | Building Health and Resilience 2021, 6-8 October 2021
29 April 2021

The HIV & Adolescence workshop is a highlight in my calendar every year. Unique because of its wholesale involvement of young people, state of the art keynote lectures, and engaging conversations involving young and older, clinician and non-clinicians, scientists, and advocates. It provides cutting-edge reviews of the latest innovation, science, and issues challenging young people in a world that is facing its 4th decade of battling HIV. If you need a dose of inf...read more

WEBINAR: Pharmacovigilance and clinical trials oversight in sub-Saharan Africa in the era of COVID-19, 12 May 2021
29 April 2021

The University of the Western Cape, South Africa and SPaRCS partners invite all interested to this interactive webinar which seeks to sensitise a broader health systems and public health audience to pharmacoviligance (PV) and clinical trials oversight of medicines and vaccines. We will also be sharing information about the SPaRCS project and commence conversations for networking & collaboration within sub-Saharan African countries.

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EDCTP celebrates World Malaria Day!
26 April 2021

On World Malaria Day 2021, EDCTP joins all partners in the ‘Zero Malaria – Draw the Line Against Malaria’ campaign towards the goal of malaria elimination. Towards malaria research & development, EDCTP has invested more than €150 million to support a portfolio of 64 research projects conducted by African-European consortia and research fellows in Africa.

These projects support the development of innovative products – diagno...read more

COVID-19 Vaccine Development & Implementation Workshop 2021 - June Edition, 29-30 June 2021
26 April 2021

Safety, Efficacy, Uptake and Equitable Access

Multiple COVID-19 vaccines are now approved for use and a global vaccination effort is underway.

To receive an update on the latest vaccine developments and the implementation of vaccination strategies, join the second edition of our virtual series on COVID-19 vaccines with topics to include vaccine efficacy and safety c...read more

Virtual workshop: International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics 2021, 16-17 July 2021
26 April 2021

We are pleased to announce that the International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics 2021 will offer virtual scholarships to help offset the cost of registration and/or internet connection for delegates who would otherwise be unable to attend. Applications will be reviewed by a dedicated review committee.

Available scholarships include:
• Registration only
• Data bundle only
• Registration & data bundle

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Virtual workshop: Microbiome and HIV, 19-21 October 2021
26 April 2021

We are pleased to inform you that abstract submission is open for the Microbiome & HIV Workshop 2021. Researchers are invited to present their latest studies or share their experiences in the microbiome and HIV field until 5 September 2021.

Abstracts can be submitted under the following categories:
• Comorbidities
• Microbicides / Vaccines
• Pathogenesis
• Technologies & Methodologies
• Transmi...read more

EDCTP-AIGHD Launch of a Global TB Vaccine R&D Roadmap, 20 April 2021, 18:00-19:30 CEST
18 April 2021

EDCTP and the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) are pleased to invite you to a Special Session that we are jointly organising at the Virtual Global Forum on TB Vaccines to launch a Global TB Vaccine R&D Roadmap on 20 April 2021 at 18:00-19:30 CEST. Please find the agenda for this event enclosed for your information.

EDCTP has commissioned AIGHD to develop a Global TB Vaccine R&D Roadmap to identify priorities for coordinating global action to accel...read more

AIDSImpact Webinar: The Nexus Between HIV and COVID-19, 22 April 2021
18 April 2021

AIDSImpact is an international behavioral and psychosocial science conference that addresses issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care, focusing both globally and on specific communities and countries hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Join the 1st webinar on "The Nexus Between HIV and COVID-19." This webinar will take place on Thursday, 22 April 2021. Registration is provided complimentary by AIDSImpact.

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Healthy Living With HIV - Impact of Mental Health on Quality of Life, 24-25 May 2021
18 April 2021

Advances in the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy, coupled with improved access to an increasing variety of regimens, have positively affected longevity. People are now living longer with HIV than ever before. This increased life expectancy, alongside long-term adherence to antiretroviral prophylaxis, brings new factors to address. Clinical characteristics commonly observed in aging, such as an increased number of chronic conditions and the use of multiple medi...read more

WSPID Webinar: Managing children with HIV and tuberculosis in the shadow of a global pandemic, Wednesday 21 April 2021
18 April 2021

Join us for presentations and a Q&A on managing HIV and tuberculosis in children in the midst of a global pandemic.

Speakers:
Dr Usa Thisyakorn (Thailand): Professor of Pediatrics & Executive Director, Tropical Medicine Cluster, Chulalongkorn University
Dr Marieke van der Zalm (South Africa): Paediatrician and clinical researcher, Desmond Tutu TB Centre, Department of Paediatrics and Child Hea...read more

Submit your proposal for the 52nd Union World Conference before 4 May 2021
12 April 2021

Share your research, case study or best practice by submitting a proposal for presentation at the 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health. We welcome abstract and session proposals on issues including tuberculosis (TB) and TB co-infections, tobacco control, lung health and air pollution, as well as civil society initiatives, community engagement, human rights and other related topics.

The Union World Conference, taking place virtual...read more

INVITATIONAL BID TO HOST THE 22nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AIDS AND STI’s IN AFRICA (ICASA 2023)
11 April 2021

The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) represented by its President; Prof. John Idoko, hereby invites African countries wishing to host the 22nd International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa in 2023 (ICASA 2023) to send in their application bid document to the SAA Secretariat in Accra- Ghana. The closing date for submission of the Application is 30th July 2021.
ICASA 2023 will be the 22nd edition of the International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa to...read more

Regional Webinar: Fair, equitable and timely allocation of Covid-19 vaccines in Africa
11 April 2021

As the African continent is fast-tracking strategies and plans to roll out immunisation programs, there is a need to engage in continuous public deliberations with healthcare professionals, citizens, civil society organisations, community leaders, the media, policy makers, public health experts, and researchers.

Join a webinar on a Fair, Equitable and Timely Allocation of Covid-19 Vaccines in Africa.

Dat...read more

Webinar: EDCTP-AIGHD Special Session at the Virtual Global Forum on TB Vaccines: Launch of a Global Roadmap
07 April 2021

The Global TB Vaccine R&D Roadmap was commissioned by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) to the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) to identify priorities to coordinate global action to accelerate the development and implementation of new TB vaccines. The Roadmap has been developed through an iterative global consultative process designed to identify the key barriers to TB vaccine R&D and implementa...read more

Webinar on World Health Day - Towards Fairer and Healthier South Africa, 7 April 2021
07 April 2021

The Minister of Health, South Africa, Dr Zweli Mkhize and and Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa invite you to webinar on World Health Day.

Overall objective: Generate awareness about the health inequities and strengthen efforts towards more inclusive approach for Universal Health Coverage and health security in South Africa
• Impact of COVID-19 on health inequities - Professor John Ataguba
• Acce...read more

Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research: call for applications now open
07 April 2021

The event is supported by Fogarty, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), UK Medical Research Council (MRC), and Wellcome Trust, and will serve as a pilot to help determine if there is sufficient interest in a recurring event in the future.

The event will bring researchers and humanitarian organizations together to share experiences and promote collaboration around health research in humanitarian settings, modelled a...read more

The Science Behind COVID-19: Interpreting Epidemiological Trends and Models
01 April 2021

What is mathematical epidemiology and how has it traditionally been used? What can epidemiological trends tell us and what is the importance of genomic surveillance? How can mathematical modelling support planning of COVID-19 interventions? Join us to review the history of mathematical epidemiology and modelling, its world-wide prominence over the last 12 months, and why we are discussing the science behind COVID-19 modelling and epidemiology data today. We will lo...read more

COVID-19 Vaccine Development & Implementation Workshop, 29 to 30 June 2021
01 April 2021

The program will focus on the discussion of protective immunity, vaccine effectivity, the impact of vaccine variants, and the global rollout of vaccination campaigns, all based on the latest scientific data. We hope to promote understanding and stimulate further discussion and research among virologists, infection diseases specialists, the community, and policymakers. This will be done in the truly global context of the COVID-19 pandemic, considering regional differe...read more

Preventing HIV Transmission in Africa - What We Need To Do in the Next Five Years
01 April 2021

We are pleased to feature Dr. Catherine Hankins, the Scientific Chair of the INTEREST Conferences from 2014-2020, in the Online Meeting Highlights edition on HIV in Africa. Dr. Hankins draws from her rich expertise and summarizes how prevention remains an important pillar in bringing the HIV epidemic to an end in Sub-Saharan Africa, and what steps need to be taken in the coming years.

Ending AIDS as a Public Health Thre...read more

The Hole in Africa's Heart: Africa's unrecognised, un-administered and under-administered territories.
30 March 2021

A critical aspect of the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in many African countries is whether there are districts or regions that are either entirely un-administered by the authorities or are under-administered, for a variety of reasons. Regions that fall entirely outside the ambit of governments’ abilities to respond to the virus largely embrace those that fall under the control of separatist groups or rebels. Regions that are under-serviced fall into three, som...read more

UKCDR AND ESSENCE: New resource hub launched to support equity in international research partnerships
26 March 2021

The UKCDR and ESSENCE launched a new resource hub to support equity in research partnerships - https://www.ukcdr.org.uk/news-article/equitable-partnerships-resource-hub-launch/.

This hub brings together guidance, tools and principles on equitable partnerships from across the world, including the TRUST consortium and COHRED.
The aim is to support all thos...read more

Globvac Conference 20-21 April 2021
26 March 2021


The overarching theme of this digital conference will be the changing landscape of the Global Health in the 21st century. By this conference, we want to present and celebrate results and achievements in global health research in the last decades, while looking into the next decade. What will be the main challenges in the years to come? How can the future research agenda build upon what has been done and achieved, still focusing on the unfinished agenda and th...read more

World TB Day: the promise of ending the TB epidemic
25 March 2021

World TB Day puts the spotlight on tuberculosis (TB), a poverty-related infectious disease of epidemic proportions. Currently, it causes more deaths than any other infectious disease, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. Every year, an estimated 10 million people fall ill; in 2019, 1.4 million people died from TB. All members of the United Nations committed to ending TB as an epidemic by 2030. However, the 2020 WHO progress report concluded that the world is n...read more

Webinar: Covid-19 vaccines safety surveillance in Africa
23 March 2021

This Webinar is organized by Pharmacovigilance Africa (PAVIA), a project funded by EDCTP aimed at improving pharmacovigilance for poverty-related diseases in four African countries through strengthening links between regulatory authorities and public health programmes.

Time: Apr 19, 2021 02:00 PM in Amsterdam

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sA_...read more

Launch: GACD Implementation Science e-Hub
19 March 2021

The South African Medical Research Council participates in the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, a collaboration of major international research funding agencies that support joint funding calls and research capacity building activities to address chronic, non-communicable diseases. The alliance focuses on implementation research in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs) and in vulnerable and indigenous populations in high-income countries (HICs).

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International Workshop on HIV and Adolescence 2021, 6-8 October 2021, Lusaka, Zambia
19 March 2021

We are pleased to introduce two new members of the Organizing Committee for the International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence.
Allison Agwu and Nadia Sam-Agudu both have extensive experience in the field of HIV & Adolescence and we are excited to collaborate with them on this year's distinguished program.

We are passionate about providing a platform for young people to share their voices and experiences in this workshop. ...read more

Michelson Prizes 2021
17 March 2021

The Michelson Prizes are annual awards of $150,000, which support young investigators under the age of 35 who are using disruptive concepts and inventive processes to significantly advance human immunology and vaccine and immunotherapy discovery research for major global diseases. The Prizes are funded by the Michelson Medical Research Foundation and overseen by the Human Vaccines Project -- the application window for the 2021 Prizes will run from April 1 – June 18,...read more

52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health, 19-22 October 2021
17 March 2021

The 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health is now accepting submissions to the conference programme. We welcome submissions on issues including tuberculosis (TB) and TB co-infections, tobacco control, lung health and air pollution, as well as civil society initiatives, community engagement, human rights and other related topics.

The Union World Conference, taking place virtually from 19 - 22 October 2021, will focus on the...read more

Webinar: EDCTP COVID-19 Emergency Funding Mechanism 18-19 March 13:00-17:00 CET
16 March 2021

As of March 2021, EDCTP is supporting 26 collaborative research projects under its COVID-19 Emergency Funding Mechanism, activated in April 2020. One year on from the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, many research questions have been answered, many others are still under investigation and new questions are emerging.We invite you to join us in this live webinar where we will share experiences and study findings among the EDCTP-supported COVID-19 research consortia, discuss new emerg...read more

SA AIDS Conference - HIV and COVID-19, 9-10 June 2021
15 March 2021

The virtual conference will be held in the evenings from 16:00 – 20:00 over 2 days. We will invite renown local, regional and international speakers from the HIV community to discuss and debate the impact COVID-19 has had on the South African and regional HIV epidemic. The speakers will reflect on progress made in the HIV response in the context of COVID-19, the impact the pandemic has had on people living with HIV and on HIV/TB service delivery. We will also touch o...read more

LiberHetica: Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building: International Dialogues, 26 March 2021
12 March 2021

The LiberHetica and BERC-Luso consortia will meet on the 26th March 2021 to discuss about Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building in Sub-Saharan African countries.
The BERC-Luso and LiberHetica are two projects funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) aimed at strenghting ethics and regulatory capacities for clinical trials by partnerships between African and European countries, and involving 5 Sub-Sahara...read more

GloPID-R Webinar: COVID-19 RESEARCH IN LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES, 29-30 March 2021
12 March 2021

This meeting will bring together global research funders, including those who are funding research on COVID-19 within low- and middle- income countries (LMICs), with the community of researchers who are actively undertaking this research across LMICs.

Topics of discussion will include:
• Clinical research
• Health systems & indirect impacts of COVID-19
• Transmission
• One Health

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DNDi Webinar: Operational experience for COVID-19 vaccine trials: Lessons from the field, 17 March 2021
12 March 2021

With over 80 COVID-19 vaccine candidates now in phase 1, 2 or 3 clinical trials, social, ethical and political questions continue to emerge. Whilst vaccine trials adhere to bioethics, their everyday ethics are negotiated in the field by frontline workers engaging with communities in specific local contexts. This is especially so when research elicits local concerns that are expressed through rumours, gossip, conspiracy theories and alternative explanatory models. Bui...read more

Virology Education: Optimal Use of HIV Diagnostics in Africa
12 March 2021

Module Overview
Director of the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. John Nkengasong, brings to you top-level insights and remarkable achievements that have been accomplished in HIV medicine on the African continent. The substantial scale-up of HIV testing services has contributed to tremendous progress in the fight against HIV. However, despite this, approx. 20% of people with HIV remain unaware of their status. To reduce t...read more

EDCTP and Africa CDC partner to train 150 highly skilled epidemiologists and biostatisticians in Africa
05 March 2021

On 10 April 2020, the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) launched a 5 million EUR call for proposals. The call aims to establish an African cohort of epidemiologists by supporting institutions in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe that develop such cadres through Master’s degree training in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Afr...read more

Webinar: EDCTP COVID-19 Emergency Funding Mechanism - Collaborative clinical research studies in Sub-Saharan Africa, 18-19 March 2021
05 March 2021

EDCTP activated its Emergency Funding Mechanism in April 2020 to support collaborative clinical research studies in sub-Saharan Africa to manage and/or prevent the spread of the current COVID-19 outbreak. Twenty-six projects have been supported in 22 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. One year on from the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, many research questions have been answered, many others are still under investigation and new questio...read more

Keystone Symposia: Malaria in the Era of COVID-19, 16-17 March 2021
25 February 2021

How can we tackle the global threat of COVID-19 without neglecting the fight against malaria? This Keystone e-Symposium will shed light on how to effectively combat the dual challenges of a malaria-endemic world, along-side new complications posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We must tackle these global health challenges together, as a united community, so as not to lose ground against either of these formidable diseases.

Presente...read more

WSPID Webinar: The changing epidemiology of respiratory viral infections in the COVID-19 pandemic, 2 March 2021
23 February 2021

Join us for presentations and a Q&A on the changing epidemiology of respiratory viral infections in the COVID-19 pandemic, with special guest Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty (Australia).
Programme:

Is SARS-COV-2 really a respiratory infection in children? - Helena Rabie & Andrew Redfern (South Africa)
Where have all the other respiratory viruses gone? - Sheena Sullivan (Australia)
Wha...read more

REVISED ICASA 2021 Key Dates, 6-11 December 2021
17 February 2021

The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), the custodian and organizer of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) would like to inform beloved delegates and distinguished key stakeholders that ICASA 2021 will be organized either virtual, in-person or hybrid and all adequate dispositions is being taken to give opportunity once again, to our continent to address challenges to end HIV and strengthen our health system in the era where access to COVID-1...read more

EDCTP Knowledge Hub Webinar - Protocol Development - 25 February 12.30-14.00 CET
15 February 2021

Following the successful webinar on data management and data sharing, EDCTP and TGHN invite you to join in a new live webinar focusing on the tools and guidance available in the Protocol Development Toolkit on the EDCTP Knowledge Hub, to support the development of high-quality health research protocols. This webinar will take place on 25 February from 12.30-14.00 CET.
We encourage all EDCTP grantees to join us for this webinar, which is an open event and will be...read more

11th IAS Conference on HIV Science. 18-21 July 2021
12 February 2021

Registration for IAS 2021 – the 11th IAS Conference on HIV Science – is now open. Register today and join thousands of HIV professionals at the world’s most influential virtual meeting on HIV research from 18-21 July 2021.

Early registration closes 31 March 2021https://ias2021.org/registration/

Bring your scie...read more

Global Forum on TB Vaccines, 20-22 April 2021
08 February 2021

The Global Forum on TB Vaccines is the world’s largest gathering of stakeholders striving to develop new vaccines to prevent TB. It provides an important and unique opportunity to review the state of the field, share the latest research findings, and identify new and innovative approaches to TB vaccine R&D, with the end goal of developing and deploying new TB vaccines as quickly as possible. The Global Forum program addresses the full spectrum of issues relevant...read more

COVID-19 Clinical Forum, 19 January, 23 February, 23 March, 20 April 2021
25 January 2021

What happens when two pandemics run into each other? And what should you consider when treating COVID-19 in people living with HIV? Find the answers to these questions and more in tomorrow's COVID-19 Clinical Forum webinar. This webinar is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®). More information is available below.
Join us tomorrow if you are interested to hear what emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants mean in the light of virus transmission an...read more

COVID-19 Vaccine Development & Implementation Workshop, 16-17 February 2021
25 January 2021

The remarkably rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccine has fueled enthusiasm about ending the pandemic. Yet, many questions remain elusive. Keep pace with this evolving area and join the COVID-19 Vaccine Development & Implementation Workshop 2021 from 16 - 17 February. You will hear about the current understanding of vaccine-provided protection, how emerging variants should be monitored, and which approach to take in order to get the maximum public health benef...read more

African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE) Pilot Programme launched 8 December 2020
11 December 2020

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the role of science, technology and innovation is unprecedentedly and explicitly recognised as a vital driver of sustainability. The EU and the African Union equally recognise that a sustainable transition to knowledge-based economies needs to rely on science, research and innovation as cornerstones of their strategies.
In light of this, Friends of Europe is delighted to support, the EU and the...read more

SADC E8 Inaugural Research Webinar - Malaria importation and the need for improved surveillance in E8 region, 8 December 2020
07 December 2020

The Southern Africa Development Community Malaria Elimination Eight Initiative (SADC E8) is a regional collaboration established by SADC Ministers of Health in 2009. The E8 mandate is to coordinate and execute a regional malaria elimination strategy aimed at achieving the historic goal of eliminating malaria in southern Africa.
Due to the high degree of interconnectedness within the region, countries that have reduced malaria to low levels face the challenge of...read more

WSPID Webinar: COVID-19 vaccines coming to light
03 December 2020

Researchers worldwide are working around the clock to find a vaccine against COVID-19. With several promising candidates on the horizon, plans for the distribution and use of the vaccines must be considered. Join WSPID for 2 presentations and a Q&A on the different COVID-19 vaccine platforms and an overview of current vaccine rollout plans.

The session includes talks by Walter Orenstein, Associate Director of the Emory Vac...read more

TDR and WHO launch a research toolkit for digital technologies and TB
23 November 2020

TDR, in partnership with the WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme (GTB), has developed an interactive web-based toolkit that supports national TB programmes and other partners to conduct implementation research designed to evaluate digital technologies for TB care. This is being launched today at a workshop taking place in Beijing, China.

“The WHO Global TB Programme and TDR are helping countries to collect evidence on innovative...read more

Long COVID Research Forum, 9-10 December 2020
19 November 2020

Currently very little is known about the clinical, biological, psychological and socioenvironmental impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). While most people have uncomplicated recoveries, some continue to live with prolonged illness and symptoms. The most common of these are fatigue, breathing difficulties, joint pain and chest pain. In those whose symptoms persist, COVID-19 has been associated with a worsened quality of life for almost half of them. The...read more

INGSA 2021 Knowledge Associate Grant Program - Evidence to policy pathways in the COVID-19 Pandemic
17 November 2020


INGSA is excited to announce an opportunity for researchers and policy-professionals in Low and Middle Income countries, who would like to undertake projects looking at how evidence was used in the COVID-19 response.

INGSA is providing six x €8000 grants for deep-dive case studies on evidence-to-policy pathways at a local, national or regional level.

Grants w...read more

HIV & ADOLESCENCE - November 2020
13 November 2020

The International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence 2020 is taking place as a series of virtual sessions during the month of November with the aim to share experiences, knowledge and best practices on optimizing the care of adolescents living with HIV across the spectrum of health and developmental needs.

Each week during the HIV and Adolescence Month, the Children and AIDS Learning Collaborative will provide highlights from th...read more

Africa CDC Webinar for Clinical Care of COVID-19 - 29 October 2020
28 October 2020

The Africa CDC Institute for Workforce Development has developed a Clinical Community of Practice to help African physicians and other clinical providers diagnose and treat patients with the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), and debate challenging clinical issues.

Date: 29 October 2020

Time: 2:00-3:00 PM EAT (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) 1:00-2:00 PM CAT (Johannesburg, South Africa) 12:00-1:00 PM W...read more

EDCTP Prizes 2020 - 1 week to go!
23 October 2020

EDCTP invites nominations for its 2020 Prizes. Do you know an excellent world class scientist or research team in sub-Saharan Africa, working in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme? Nominate them for one of the prices below.

Nominations must be submitted on the appropriate form (see below) via prizes@edctp.org by Thursday 29 October 2020 at 17:00 CET.
The biennial EDCTP Prizes recognise outstanding individuals and research...read more

2020 Call for Nominations for the African Academy of Sciences Fellowship now open!
09 October 2020

We are pleased to inform you that the 2020 Call for Nominations for the African Academy of Sciences Fellowship is now open!

Nominations are submitted by current AAS Fellows and Associate Fellows but individuals who are interested i in becoming Fellows of AAS may themselves approach an AAS Fellow to nominate them. Profiles of Fellows of The AAS are available on our website and once you identify a Fellow/Associate Fellow, you may contact the secretariat to put you in touch with Fellows...read more

Virtual Launch: Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative Monday 12 October | 5:00 - 7:00 PM East Africa Time
09 October 2020

The Pathogen Genomic Initiative is a US$100+ million partnership between Africa CDC and several private and non-profit organizations to facilitate the generation and use of essential next-generation sequencing information to improve public health response to COVID-19 and other disease threats, including endemic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and cholera in Africa. The initiative is an integral part of the Institute for Pathogen Genomics, launched by...read more

KEYSTONE Symposia: Abstract due Oct. 29th for Tuberculosis: Science Aimed at Ending the Epidemic
07 October 2020

Join us December 2nd to discuss innovative research findings, methods and therapeutics at our virtual eSymposia, "Tuberculosis: Science Aimed at Ending the Epidemic!"
For those who are vital to this conversation, but are unable to afford it we are also offering free scholarship opportunities to scientists and researchers across multiple demographics from low- to middle-income countries and academic stage!

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EUROPEAN MEETING ON HIV & HEPATITIS 2020, 28-30 October 2020
05 October 2020

Responding to the changing COVID-19 situation throughout Europe, the Organizing Committee of the European Meeting on HIV & Hepatitis 2020 has reached the difficult decision to transform this year's event into a completely virtual meeting. In this way, the program will be delivered safely and conveniently. The dates remain the same, 28-30 October 2020.

We are available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have ab...read more

EUROPEAN HIV CLINICAL FORUM 2020: OPTIMIZING TREATMENT, 27 October 2020
05 October 2020

The European HIV Clinical Forum 2020 provides an independent scientific program involving the world’s leading experts and is specifically designed for the European HIV healthcare professionals with the focus on optimizing treatment for their patients. The meeting is scheduled prior to the 18th European meeting on HIV & Hepatitis in Paris, France, which will allow healthcare professionals to combine both meetings in one trip thus limiting travel tim...read more

Institut Pasteur Massive On-line Open Courses - Clinical trials in infectious and tropical diseases
02 October 2020

We are broadcasting Massive On-line Open Courses (MOOCs) related to infectious diseases on a public and free on-line Platform (MOOCS are available in English and French). We publish around 8-10 MOOCs per year on different issues which shall be of particular interest to learners in Africa. All MOOCs are open for free, but it is also possible to take an on-line exam to obtain a certificate, with fees. Learners who obtain a certificate to 5 MOOCs are awarded w...read more

Essential Grant Writing Skills Workshop – December 2020 / January 2021
30 September 2020

The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) is calling for applications from active, emerging health-researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa to participate in its sixth Essential Grant Writing Skills Workshop. This fully on-line programme for up to 6 participants will be held over eight 3-hour sessions during the weeks of 14 December 2020 and 4 January 2021.

Workshop aim: The Workshop aim is to enable talented early-career he...read more

EDCTP Prizes 2020 closing soon!
18 September 2020

EDCTP invites nominations for its 2020 Prizes. Do you know an excellent world class scientist or research team in sub-Saharan Africa, working in the scope of the EDCTP2 programme? Nominate them for one of the prices below.

Nominations must be submitted on the appropriate form (see below) via prizes@edctp.org by Thursday 29 October 2020 at 17:00 CET.

The biennial EDCTP Prizes recognise outstanding individuals and research teams from Africa and Eur...read more

Wellcome Trust Research Update - September 2020
17 September 2020

Please take note below of Wellcome Trust’s (UK) webinar on tips for applying to their International Masters, Training and Intermediate Fellowships. The next due dates for applications are:

  • International Training Fellowships - 5 November 2020 - https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/international-training-fellowships...read more

EDCTP Fellows in the times of COVID-19
11 August 2020

Our EDCTP Fellows have been very active across the continent in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many countries around the world have been in varying degrees of lockdown and have relied heavily on advice from medical specialists, epidemiologists and researchers to guide their response. Please read our EDCTP monthly updates as we showcase the work of our Fellows each month ...read more

Virtual Conference: Africa's Leadership Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Access, 24-25 June2020
23 June 2020

Recognizing the urgent need for collaboration, cooperation, and coordination to ensure that Africa plays a leadership role in the development and access to potential vaccines, this two-day virtual conference, under the leadership of H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), will bring together healthcare professionals, researchers, public health experts, policy makers, media, civil society, community and religious leaders, and indus...read more

Call for nominations for experts to serve on a Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization Working Group on COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccination
29 April 2020

A call for nominations for experts to serve on a Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization Working Group on COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccination has been posted on the SAGE website: https://www.who.int/immunization/policy/sage/en/

This SAGE working group will be set up with the aim of establishing an independent process through SAGE to advise WHO and its Member States on the use of initially pre-licensed vaccines, followed by updates as additional information on p...read more

KEYSTONE SYMPOSIA: Malaria Endgame - Virtual ePanel
21 April 2020

The Malaria Endgame

Panelists: Gordon Awandare | Lemu Golassa |Lilian M Ang'ang'o | Fitsum G Tadesse

Covering the current state of the field, and future directions and challenges in the fight to eliminate malaria from endemic countries, this ePanel will highlight various aspects of disease prevention, treatment and control, including:

  • current state of vaccines
  • impact of co-infections in Africa
  • genetically modif...read more

Cochrane Libraries Free Access to COVID evidence
07 April 2020

Cochrane has opened a free access registry of scientific studies in combating COVID-19 in an attempt to provide the world with quick analyses and understanding of evidence emerging from the war against the virus. These resources are important to us, our researchers and clinical carers. Here are some of the helpful links:

https://www.cochrane.org/news/cochrane-launches-new-study-register-support-rapid-evidence-synthesis-global-challenge-combat

https://covid-19.cochrane.org/...read more

COVID-19 Online Educational Program | One Day to Go
06 April 2020

Only one day to go until the first livestream of the COVID-19 Online Educational Program. Register for free today and do not miss your chance to hear from the experts at the frontline of this pandemic.
If you have already registered, details on how to join the livestream will be sent to you approximately 24 hours before the scheduled start time.
WEBCAST SCHEDULE

Tuesday, 7 April
20:00 CEST / 14:00 EDT / 11:00 PDT*

Wednesday, 8 April
20:00 EDT /...read more

Reliable updates on the ongoing COVID-19 Outbreak
12 March 2020

You can find thre reliable sources of information regarding the COVID-19 outbreake below:

 

The WHO dashboard - provides and up to date situational analysis, updated daily.

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd

 

The LitCovid hub – a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about COVID-19. This site is the most comprehensive resource on the pandemic, giving a...read more

Abstracts Submission Open: The 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health - ADVANCING PREVENTION - 21-24 October 2020, Seville, Spain
05 March 2020

The 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health is now accepting submissions to the conference programme. We welcome submissions on issues including tuberculosis (TB) and TB co-infections, tobacco control, lung health and air pollution, as well as civil society initiatives, community engagement, human rights and other related topics. 

The Union World Conference, taking place in Seville, Spain, from 21 - 24 October 2020, will focus conversations around the theme of &lsq...read more

Bioinformatics training at UVRI Entebbe, Uganda 6-8th April 2020
20 February 2020

The UMIC in collaboration with the EACCR2 are set to conduct a 3-day Bioinformatics training at UVRI from 6th to 8th April 2020.

This workshop will offer participants the possibility of gaining hands-on experience in the use of the Ensembl genome browser but also provides them with the necessary background information.
Other sister projects at www.ensemblgenomes.org can also be covered if participants are working with bacteria, plants, fungi, protists or (invertebrate) metazo...read more

Nominations are now open for Union Awards 2020
18 February 2020

Nominations are now being received for The Union Awards, to be presented at the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health in Seville, Spain.

More details about each of the awards can be found on The Union website by clicking on the links below or on the nominations page.

Nominations are now open for the following prizes:

  • The Union Young Investigator Prize: Acknowledges a researcher for work in lung health published in the past five ye...read more

EDCTP Year End Message 2019
23 December 2019

You are invited to read our 2019 end of year message below which offers you a brief summary of EDCTP's achievements to date.

Since 2014, EDCTP invested more than €600 million of funding in European-African research & development partnerships engaged in developing new and improved interventions for the poverty-related infectious diseases affecting sub-Saharan Africa.

We wish you all a happy festive season, restful holidays, and a healthy and successful 2020!...read more

Dr Nicaise Ndembi appointed as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Public Health in Africa
23 December 2019

Congratulations to Dr Nicaise Ndembi on his recent appointment as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Health in Africa!

The Journal of Public Health in Africa is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality original articles, reviews, comments and opinions on public health and related issues in Africa. In 2018, Africa CDC signed an agreement with the publisher, Page Press, to make the journal its official journal. While Page Press continues to take res...read more

Abstract Submission now open for INTEREST 2020 - Windhoek, Namibia
20 December 2019

The 14th INTEREST Conference will be held in Windhoek, Namibia from 5 - 8 May 2020.

Six weeks left to submit your abstract for INTEREST 2020 and become part of the programme (Deadline 31 Jaunary 2020). 

Abstracts accepted for oral or mini-oral presentation will be eligible for travel and accommodation support.
All delegates with accepted abstracts will receive free registration (access to all sessions, meeting materials, lunch, and tea/coffee bre...read more

2nd Regional West Africa Immunology Course
27 November 2019

The EDCTP Alumni Network HIV Working group was represented by Dr Michael Owusu (CDF1033) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology at the recently held second Regional West Africa Immunology Course.

Sophia Osawe, MPH, AIMLS, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria was also supported to attend.

The training took place in Ouidah, 45 km from Cotonou from the 3rd to 9th November 2019. Faculty from Germany, Canada, Benin and South Africa were part of the trainers fro...read more

PhD student Kennedy Michael Ngowi supervised by Dr Marion Sumari-de Boer (CDF972 - The REMIND Study) wins best Abstract @ ICASA 2019 - Congratulations!
27 November 2019

PhD student Kennedy Michael Ngowi supervised by Dr Marion Sumari-de Boer (CDF972) wins best Abstract @ ICASA 2019 - Congratulations!

Track B: Clinical Science, Treatment and Care

Abstract Title: Real Time Medication Monitoring improves virological outcome among People Living with HIV on Antiretroviral Treatment in Moshi, Tanzania

For more details view http://www.icasa2019rwanda.org/abstracts/best-abstract-awards.html

1st South African Gene Editing Conference, Johannesburg, 28-29 November 2019
15 November 2019

Advances in biotechnology have made human gene editing a reality. Progress in the field is gaining momentum
and promises for well-being at a level not previously imagined, emerge. This progress also raises ethical,
legal and social considerations together with valid concerns that the law and ethics are lagging behind.
Moreover, recent reports on abuse of these technologies have triggered disquiet. Gene editing involves
precise additions, deletions and alterations t...read more

EDCTP Fellows shine at the recently held TB Union Conference held in Hyderabad India: 30 October - 2 November 2019
11 November 2019

The conference theme, 'Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action', focused on what is needed to ensure commitments become action, and that lifesaving targets are met.

Congratulations to our EDCTP Fellows who's excellent research work was recognised!

 

Two Career Development Fellows received prestigious awards:

Dr Stephanus Malherbe received The Union Young Investigator Prize

Dr Sean Wasserman received the Ste...read more

Submission for the 23rd International AIDS Conference 'RESILIENCE' now open: 6-10 July 2020, San Francisco & Oakland, USA
11 November 2019

Programme submissions for the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020) are now open, including abstracts, the Global Village and Youth Programme, pre-conferences and more.

Present your research
Showcase your work to 20,000 global leaders, scientists, policy makers, healthcare professionals and people living with HIV. Abstract submissions close 14 January 2020.

Join the Global Village and Youth Programme

The Global Village and Youth Programme is...read more

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Seminar, 6-7 November 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
07 November 2019

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is a European programme which supports researchers' career development, through international and inter-sectorial mobility, as well as innovative training both at PhD and postdoc level. It also funds doctoral programmes. EDCTP was invited to take part in a seminar with 150 participants held 6-7 November 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Shingai Machingaidze (EDCTP Project Officer) participated in a panel discussion titled&nb...read more

Dr Wayengera (CDF1545) meets His Excellency President Museveni, President of Uganda
07 November 2019

President Museveni has congratulated Dr. Misaki Wayengera, a Researcher at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, for his efforts in developing a rapid test kit to diagnose the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses. Dr Wayengera is an EDCTP Career Development Fellow (TMA2016CDF1545).

“I want to congratulate our scientists because they are really waking up and producing a lot of products. The Government will fund you. It is the issue of prioritization and putting the money...read more

Congratulations to Dr Mbow who was selected as a "Rising Star" scientist at the recently held Grand Challenges Annual Meeting, 27-30 October 2019 in Addis Ababa!
04 November 2019

Grand Challenges is a global family of grant initiatives and partners that strives to equip and empower local innovators around the world to solve the health and development issues that have the greatest impact on their communities. The Annual Meeting, held in a different global city each year, aims to catalyze collaboration to advance innovation for impact (https://grandchallenges.org/#/map). 

Meeting organizers collaborated with a Local Scientific Advisory Committee made up o...read more

Congratulations to Dr Joseph Fokam who received the Bravery award at the International Workshop on HIV Drug Resistance and Treatment Strategies!
04 November 2019

The XXVIII Interational Workshop on HIV Drug Resistance and Treatment Srategies was held in Johannesburg from 18-20 October 2019.

Dr Fokam (TMA2015CDF1027) gave both an oral and poster presentation and also participated in the expert opinion session.

At the National Forum on HIV, PMTCT and Paedeiatric Care held in Cameroon in September 2019, the same work received the award for best oral abract.

Congratulations to Dr Faith Osier who has taken over as the President of the International Union of Immunological Societies
01 November 2019

As of October 2019, Dr Faith Osier (TMA2015SF1001) is the president of the International Union of Immunological Societies (https://iuis.org/about/who-we-are/executive-council/) for a three year term.

The International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) is an umbrella organization for many of the regional and national societies of immunology throughout the world. As articulated in its Constitution, the objectives of IUIS are:

International Conference on (Re-) Emerging Infectious Diseases ICREID 2020 - 18-20 March 2020
08 October 2019

The ICREID 2020 Scientific Programme Committee will begin accepting abstract submissions on October 18 for the March 2020 International Conference (see attached). Abstracts should have a focus around the theme “EMERGING INFECTIONS AND ONE HEALTH” and must be submitted to one of the following four major tracks – (1) One Health, Zoonosis and Emerging Infections, (2) Human, Environmental and Animal Health: The Interfaces of Health Security, (3) Innovations in Public Health, Lab...read more

Call to participate in an EDCTP workshop: how do we address the gender and regional disparities in EDCTP funded research?
16 September 2019

Enhancing networking among African and European scientists to close regional and gender disparities experienced in EDCTP1 and EDCTP2 funded health research capacity activities in sub-Saharan Africa

Start date:19 November 2019, 09:00

End date:20 November 2019, 17:00

Location:Africa CDC, Africa Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Objective: To facilitate collaborations between African and European scientists geared towards closing regional and gende...read more

Dr M Wayengera wins 1st Prize for the WHO Innovation Challenge (Product Development Category) - Congratulations!
26 August 2019

On Monday 19 August 2019, the World Health Organisation (AFRO) awarded Dr Misaki Wayengera the 1st prize for the WHO Innovation Challenge in the Product Development Category.

Dr Wayengera (TMA2016CDF1545) and his team from Makerere University have developed a rapid test for Ebola that has the potential to be used for cross boarder screening.

Congratulations on this great achivement!

https://www.basepairbio.com/elasa-aptamer-based-elisa/

Have your say - Help inform the EDCTP Successor Programme
14 August 2019

On 30 July 2019, the European Comission published an outline of its plan for the next EDCTP programme:

"This initiative aims to increase health security in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, building on the current partnership between the EU, its Member States and sub-Saharan countries."

"It will speed up the development of effective, safe, accessible and affordable health technologies and health system interventions for infectious diseases, together with Africa...read more

Congratulations to Dr Agnes Kiragga who has been selected as a Next Einstein Fellow!
06 August 2019

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Community of Scientists include the NEF Fellows and Ambassadors, Africa’s Brain Trust. The NEF Fellows Programme showcases Africa’s best young scientists on the global stage. NEF Ambassadors are the NEF’s young science and technology champions, one from each African country. Ambassadors organize Africa Science Week in their countries.

https://nef.org/nef-fellows/

2nd All Africa Clinical Trial Summit, 16-18 August 2019, Cape Town
05 August 2019

A strategic model for the future of clinical trial sites in Africa: A gateway to developing quality management systems

PROGRAMME INCLUDES
• What has been accomplished so far? Current state of ethical and Regulatory oversight of clinical trials in Africa.
• Perceived gaps in clinical trial site capabilities and quality management: Investigator, Pharmaceutical and NGO perspectives
• Proposal of an innovative model for certification and strategic ove...read more

IAS 2019: WHO recommends dolutegravir as preferred HIV treatment option in all populations
25 July 2019

Based on new evidence assessing benefits and risks, the WHO recommends the use of the HIV drug dolutegravir (DTG) as the preferred first-line and second-line treatment for all populations, including pregnant women and those of childbearing potential.  

Initial studies had highlighted a possible link between DTG and neural tube defects (birth defects of the brain and spinal cord that cause conditions such as spina bifida) in infants born to women using the drug at the time of co...read more

ADVAC 2020 - Call for Applications: 21st Advanced Course of Vaccinology (ADVAC) 
24 July 2019

The course aims to facilitate critical decision-making in vaccinology by providing participants with a comprehensive overview of the field, from immunology to vaccine development and clinical trials, as well as the social, economic, political and ethical issues of vaccination.  The Course is relevant for both the public and private sectors.

Fellowships covering travel expenses, as well as registration and accommodation fees will be available for a number of selected participant...read more

Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
18 July 2019

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

“It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts. We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system,” said Dr. Tedros. “Extraordinary work has been done for almost a year under the mos...read more

Keystone Symposia - EPANEL - HELMINTHS: NEW INSIGHTS FROM IMMUNITY TO GLOBAL HEALTH
16 July 2019

Join Dr. William Horsnell and panelists from prestigious institutions across the globe in our live virtual event.

Panelists include Dr Justin Komguep Nono (CDF Fellow) based at UCT.

Panelists will discuss these questions and more:

  • Which countries have succeeded in reducing their helminth burdens in endemic populations and which methods were most effective?
  • What is the evidence to support the claim that helminth infections suppress auto-imm...read more

Prof. Salim Abdool Karim inducted into the Royal Society - Congratulations!
15 July 2019

Eminent SA Aids scientist - Prof Salim Abdool Karim - inducted into the Royal Society. Abdool Karim joined about 40 leading scientists globally who were inducted as fellows of the oldest academy at a ceremony in London.

SA’s leading Aids researcher and scientist, Prof Salim Abdool Karim, was inducted on Friday as a fellow of the prestigious science academy the Royal Society. The London-based Royal Society was established in 1660 by royal charter and has included many of the wo...read more

5th International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference 2019, Brighton, UK
03 July 2019

How would you like to attend The 5th International Trials Methodology Conference in Brighton, UK 6th to 9thOctober 2019?

To celebrate the collaboration between The Global Health Network and the new MRC/NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership, the Global Health Methodology Research Member Hub is excited to announce a competition inviting staff working in trials in low and middle-income countries to propose a trial methodology research study with a chance to win a funded attendan...read more

REACH Awards 2019 - Honoring game-changers you work with
26 June 2019

Here is an exciting opportunity to showcase the groundbreaking research, advocacy and frontline health provision that is taking place at the South African Medical Research Council and in your networks.

The 2019 REACH Awards will be recognizing stories of unsung achievement in disease elimination (Malaria, Tuberculosis, NTDs, and more) and raise awareness of the role of game-changing innovators within the larger global health community. Prominent leaders from across global health dis...read more

TB Science 2019 - Abstract submission now open
25 June 2019

Abstract submissions for TBScience, the pre-conference to the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health are now open.

TBScience is entirely devoted to basic and translational TB research. All aspects of TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment research, as well as basic science research, particularly new, innovative and significant findings are welcomed for submission.

Abstract submissions, either oral or poster presentati...read more

New ELASA (Aptamer-Based ELISA) for Ebola
18 June 2019

Base Pair has been collaborating with Dr. Misaki Wayengera of Makerere (TMA2015CDF1545) University in Uganda to explore aptamers for the development of simpler, more sensitive assays for the diagnosis of Ebolavirus.

Ebolavirus is a filovirus that causes severe hemorrhagic fever with a high rate of mortality. Believed to originate with the fruit bat, the virus can be transferred from infected animals and insects and also through the transfer of blood, mucus,...read more

EDCTP April 2019 Newsletter with a focus on Scientific Leadership
22 May 2019

Read more about Scientific Leadership, the EDCTP integrated Fellowship programme, the EDCTP Alumni Network and hear from some of our EDCTP Fellows on the impact these grants are having on their careers!

 

Calling all clinical researchers! Participate in Wellcome survey to share your biggest and boldest ideas
22 May 2019

Wellcome is exploring how best to support public health and clinical interventions to improve global health. They are looking forward to what the next 10 years of global health trials might look like and want to hear your biggest and boldest ideas!

 

Wellcome want to know which health interventions you think have the potential to truly transform the health of people living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)? They are looking for large-scale evaluations of int...read more

A field-deployable recombinase polymerase amplification assay for rapid detection of Mycobacterium Ulcerans
03 May 2019

Learn more about this new assay developed by Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KCCR), Ghana. Our Fellows Dr Michael Frimpong (TMA2015CDF979) and Dr Richard Phillips (TMA2016SF1509) share their experience from the field - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlW2bnOlxhM 

New publication by Frimpong et al. 2019 - Rapid detection of Mycobacterium ulcerans with isothermal recombinase polymerase amplification assay
03 May 2019

Background

Access to an accurate diagnostic test for Buruli ulcer (BU) is a research priority according to the World Health Organization. Nucleic acid amplification of insertion sequence IS2404 by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the most sensitive and specific method to detect Mycobacterium ulcerans (M. ulcerans), the causative agent of BU. However, PCR is not always available in endemic communities in Africa due to its cost and technological sophistication. I...read more

Dr Nesri Padayatchi (EDCTP Senior Fellow 2011) - a leading expert in MDR-TB - Awarded SAMRC Silver Scientific Achievement Award!
12 March 2019

EDCTP alumnus - a well- known research clinician, epidemiologist, academic and scientist in multidrug resistance tuberculosis (MDR-TB) was recognised by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) for her research excellence in the management of patients with MDR and XDR TB. Dr Nesri Padayatchi, a scientist and Deputy Director at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), received the SAMRC 2018 Silver Scientific Achievement Award, a medal, at the SAMRC Sc...read more

Dr Misaki Wayengera (TMA2016CDF1545) announced in 30 finalists for WHO Innovation Challenge!
12 March 2019

The top 30 health-oriented innovations selected from a field of more than 2 400 entries to the first-ever WHO Innovation Challenge will be presented on opening day of the second WHO Africa Health Forum in Praia, Cabo Verde, on 26 March 2019.

The WHO Innovation Challenge received a total of 2 471 applications in just four weeks from 77 countries – 44 countries in Africa. A panel of independent evaluators assessed and profiled the innovations in terms of the potential for making...read more

From Obstetrician to Research Centre Director Improving Women’s lives: Dr Atinuke Olaleye EDCTP-TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellow (2015), EDCTP Career Development Fellow (2015)
01 March 2019

Congratulations to Dr Atinuke Olaleye who recently completely her EDCTP-TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowship and returned to her home organisation, Babock University, Nigeria to implement her re-integration plan. She was hosted by GlaxoSmithKline in Belgium.

On her return she was appointed as Director of  the Centre for Advanced Medical Research and Biotechnology (CAMRAB) at Babcock University in Nigeria. She currently holds an EDCTP Career Development Fellowsh...read more

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Traore on his recent appointment as the new Technical Director of Centre Muraz, Burkina Faso!
11 February 2019

Asssistant Profrossor Traore has just completed his EDCTP Clinical Research and Development Fellowship where he was placed with Merck, Darmstadt, Germany.

Dr Traore was promoted to Assistant Professor at the University of Bobo-Dioulasso in July 2018 and as of Jan 2019 he took up the role of Technical Director of Centre Muraz in the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) of Burkina Faso.

Congratulations from the EDCTP Alumni Network!

Congratulations to Prof. Jean Nachega who has been elected as a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS)!
21 December 2018

We are pleased to announce that Professor Jean Nachega (EDCTP1 Senior Fellow) has been elected to join as Fellow of the Academy of Sciences (AAS).

EDCTP is proud to see our Fellows well established in their respective specialities, continuing to contribute to the pool of scientific research leaders on the continent.

https://aasciences.ac.ke/recognising-excellence/the-aas-fellowships/recognising-excellence-/

Congratulations to Dr Ifedayo Adetifa for being awarded a 2018 MRC/DFID African Research Leader Fellowship!
19 November 2018

The African Research Leader (ARL) scheme is a prestigious award, jointly funded under the MRC/DFID concordat agreement. The scheme aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will undertake high-quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to the region.

Dr Adetifa will begin his Fellowship in January 2019.

Congratulations to Dr Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire who was awarded the Stephen Lawn TB-HIV Research Leadership Prize!
19 November 2018

The Stephen Lawn TB-HIV Research Leadership Prize was established in 2016 through a global partnership between the TB Centre in London, The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre in Cape Town and The Union. It acknowledges young researchers under 40 years of age who are conducting promising work focused on reducing the disease burden of TB and HIV/AIDS in Africa. This year’s winner is Dr Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, who leads the HIV-TB clinic at the Infectious Diseases Institute at Makerere Uni...read more

WHO Africa Innovation Challenge- A Call for New Solutions to Improve Health Outcomes in Africa
13 November 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) in the African Region has launched the first WHO Africa Innovation Challenge calling for health innovations with the potential for having significant social impact and addressing the unmet health needs on the continent.

L'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) dans la région africaine a lancé le premier Défi pour l'innovation en Afrique de l'OMS, qui demande des innovations en termes de santé suscept...read more

African Academy of Sciences - Database for Clinical Trial Capacities
08 November 2018

African Academy of Sciences grant opportunity: The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is inviting organizations to submit information regarding their interest in developing an open database for clinical trial capacities and sites on the African continent. The database, which will be managed by the AAS, should be tailored to answer questions from potential trial sponsors, collaborators, and participants. The submission deadline is November 22, 2018.

https://www.aasciences.ac.ke/calls-...read more

Prof. Abdoulaye Djimde has been appointed Director of MRTC-Parasito - CONGRATULATIONS!
26 October 2018

EDCTP would like to congtaulate Professor Abdoulaye Djimde (EDCTP Senior Fellow and RIA Coordinator) on his new appointment as the Director of MRTC-Parisito - Congratulations!

 

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program - transforming the continent's brain drain into brain circulation!
03 October 2018

Acredited universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda can submit a project request online to host a scholar. African host institutions can request that the scholar participate in projects in curriculum co-development, collaborative research and/or graduate student teaching and mentoring. Links to the African host institution project request application, scholar roster application and guidelines are posted on the CADFP website (https://www.iie.org/Program...read more

Fellow's Day 2018 @ 9th EDCTP Forum, Lisbon, Portugal
20 September 2018

We recently held our first EDCTP Fellow's Day linked to the 9th EDCTP Forum in Lisbon, Portugal. We welcomed over 70 Fellows from around sub-Saharan Africa to discuss issues around good mentorship and research leadership in Africa. We heard from Professor Akuffo on the roles of supervisors and mentors in brining up the next generation of research leaders in Africa. We also heard from some of our Fellows on their personal journey to leadership and were very encouraged t...read more

Hosting African fellows at Merck: A Success Story (Dr Isidore Traore)
16 September 2018

Dr Isidore Traore, a Medical Doctor, with a Master degree in biostatistics and a PhD in epidemiology who joined the Global Clinical Operations (GCO) organization at Merck for 15 months to enhance his skills in the area of clinical practices and operations. Highly motivated, Isidore arrived at Merck from Burkina Faso, specifically from the Centre Muraz in Bobo-Dioulasso where he has been working with increasing responsibilities as of 2001.

And now one year later, back in his cou...read more

The African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence - 2018 Edition
20 August 2018

Nominations for the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence are now open!

Please visit https://au.int/en/announcements/20180611/african-union-kwame-nkrumah-awards-scientific-excellence-auknase-continental for the Rules of Procedure and Nomination forms in English and in French.

The deadline for submission of applications is 10th of November 2018 at 17:00 hours Addis Ababa time.

 

New publication by Prof. Jean Nachega - Achieving Viral Suppression in 90% of People Living with HIV on ART in LMICs: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities
13 June 2018

Although significant progress has been made, the latest data from low- and middle-income countries show substantial gaps in reaching the third “90%” (viral suppression) of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals, especially among vulnerable and key populations. This article discusses critical gaps and promising, evidence-based solutions. There is no simple and/or single approach to achieve the last 90%. This will require multifaceted, scalable strategies that engage people living with human imm...read more

HIDEYO Noguchi Africa Prize
13 June 2018

Established in July 2006, the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize sets out to improve public health in Africa and advance the global fight against infectious diseases. It does this by honouring people and organisations labouring at the frontline of this battle.

Offered in memory of Dr Hideyo Noguchi, the Prize is in recognition of outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research and medical services in Africa.

Please see the attached document for more information on the...read more

European Commission | EIC Horizon Prize | Early Warning for Epidemics
08 June 2018

On 26 April 2018, the European Commission launched a EUR 5 million prize to find the best solution for setting up an early warning system for epidemics using Earth observation data and other kinds of geo-located data to forecast and monitor outbreaks of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, zika, dengue or yellow fever. Deadline for applications: 1 September 2020.

Read more: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/commission-launches-eic-horizon-prize-early-warning-epide...read more

EDCTP 2018 Calls represent € 118 million investment
08 June 2018

EDCTP published its 2018 calls for proposals after approval of its 2018 work plan. The eleven calls represent an overall investment of €118 million in clinical research and research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. With these calls the EDCTP grant portfolio will grow to a total of approximately EUR 538 million, excluding additional cash co-funding raised from other sources.

Read more: http://www.edctp.org/news/edctp-launches-e118-million-investment/

EDCTP Newsletter Vol. 13 Nr. 2 – April 2018
29 May 2018

Pre-Announcement of planned 2018 EDCTP Calls for Proposals. Check out our Quarterly Newsletter April 2018

The Global Health Network: SiteFinder Facilitating partnerships
02 May 2018

This tool was created to enable access to research opportunities. Research sites (and potential research sites!) can register and let would-be collaborators and sponsors know about them. In turn, research groups wishing to find other sites to collaborate with can post their research plans and explain what they are looking for.

Go to SiteFinder: https://sitefinder.tghn.org/sites/

HRH Prince Harry announces new Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships at Youth Forum
02 May 2018

Young people will have access to new scholarships to study abroad at a wide range of universities across the Commonwealth, thanks to a scheme announced today by HRH Prince Harry in his first speech as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships will provide life-changing experiences for young leaders with the energy and talent to make a difference in their home countries and beyond. The scheme will offer study opportunities not previously available...read more

Data sharing | Springer Nature | Whitepaper: Practical challenges for researchers in data sharing
02 May 2018

In one of the largest surveys of researchers about research data (with over 7,700 respondents), Springer Nature finds widespread data sharing associated with published works and a desire from researchers that their data are discoverable. 

This whitepaper examines the results of this survey and discusses the challenges that researchers face in sharing their data. The whitepaper looks at data sharing attitudes globally, as well as in relation to region, subject and seniority.

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EDCTP at the 7th MIM Pan African Malaria Conference (MIM 2018)
11 April 2018

Join EDCTP at MIM 2018 to learn about EDCTP-supported malaria research.

On 17 April 2018, the symposium 'Malaria in pregnancy programmes: challenges and priorities in antimalarial drug development for African pregnant women' will discuss the practical challenges, priorities, and lessons learned by researchers conducting clinical trials in pregnant women in resource-limited settings. 
The symposium 'Empowering African institutions and future malaria resea...read more

Professor Collen Masimirembwa awarded HUGO African Prize for his contribution to genetics in Africa
19 March 2018

Professor Collen Maisimirembwa, President and Chief Scientific Officer of the African Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology (AiBST), Zimbabwe was honoured by HUGO International for his contribution to genetics research in Africa. HUGO is a highly pretigious organization that championed the sequencing of the human genome. Professor Masimirembewa is a current EDCTP Senior Fellow (TMA2016SF1508) working on a project titled 'Pharmacogenomics research and clinical execellence in the...read more

SAVE THE DATE: 7th ANNUAL ARESA RESEARCH ETHICS SEMINAR 2018
04 March 2018

The Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Stellenbosch University and the Centre for Bioethics, University of North Carolina will be co-hosting our 7th Annual ARESA Seminar in Health Research Ethics.