An emerging clade of Chikungunya West African genotype discovered in real-time during 2023 outbreak in Senegal .
Genomic epidemiology unveils the dynamics and spatial corridor behind the Yellow Fever virus outbreak in Southern Brazil.
Will climate change amplify epidemics and give rise to pandemics?.
Genomic epidemiology of the cholera outbreak in Malawi 2022-2023.
Dispersal patterns and influence of air travel during the global expansion of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern.
Genomic assessment of invasion dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.1.
Molecular Epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 during Five COVID-19 Waves and the Significance of Low-Frequency Lineages.
SARS-CoV-2 spike protein diversity at an intra-host level, among SARS-CoV-2 infected individuals in South Africa, 2020 to 2022.
High prevalence of self-reported sexually transmitted diseases among older adults in Tanzania: results from the list experiment.
International epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) Southern Africa. Abacavir safety and effectiveness in young infants with HIV in South African observational cohorts.
Convergence of HIV and non-communicable disease epidemics: Geospatial mapping of the unmet health needs in a HIV Hyperendemic South African community..
Spatial variations in STIs among women enrolled in HIV prevention clinical trials in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
HIV-1 drug resistance in people on dolutegravir-based ART: Collaborative analysis of cohort studies.
Evaluation of miniaturized Illumina DNA preparation protocols for SARS-CoV-2 whole genome sequencing.
Genomic epidemiology sheds light on the recent spatio-temporal dynamics of Yellow Fever virus and the spatial corridor that fueled its ongoing emergence in southern Brazil.
Rapid epidemic expansion of chikungunya virus-ECSA lineage in Paraguay.
SARS-CoV-2 Africa dashboard for real-time COVID-19 information.
Advancing detection and response capacities for emerging and re-emerging pathogens in Africa.
New nomenclature for mpox (monkeypox) and monkeypox virus clades.
Consequences of rpoB mutations missed by the GenoType MTBDRplus assay in a programmatic setting in South Africa.
Genomic epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 during the first four waves in Mozambique.
Molecular Epidemiology and Diversity of SARS-CoV-2 in Ethiopia 2020-2022.
Global disparities in SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance. .
Ethics and governance challenges related to genomic data sharing in southern Africa: the case of SARS-CoV-2.
The evolving SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Africa: Insights from rapidly expanding genomic surveillance.
Molecular Epidemiology and Trends in HIV-1 Transmitted Drug Resistance in Mozambique 1999-2018.
Clinical evaluation of SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen tests during the Omicron wave in South Africa.
Impact of intra-host immune adaptations on the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 S protein among individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infections in South Africa, 2020 to 2022..
Urgent need for a non-discriminatory and non-stigmatizing nomenclature for monkeypox virus.
Genomic epidemiology of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Brazil.
SARS-CoV-2 Genetic Diversity and Lineage Dynamics in Egypt during the First 18 Months of the Pandemic.
Building genomic sequencing capacity in Africa to respond to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
Omicron BA.4/BA.5 escape neutralizing immunity elicited by BA.1 infection..
Genomic surveillance of Rift Valley fever virus: from sequencing to lineage assignment.
HIV-1 Evolutionary Dynamics under Nonsuppressive Antiretroviral Therapy.
Adherence measured using electronic dose monitoring is associated with emergent antiretroviral resistance and poor outcomes in patients co-infected with HIV/AIDS and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
Low-frequency HIV-1 drug resistance mutations in antiretroviral naive individuals in Botswana.
Identification of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant using spike gene target failure and genotyping assays, Gauteng, South Africa, 2021.
Outcomes of laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in the Omicron-driven fourth wave compared with previous waves in the Western Cape Province, South Africa..
Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron lineages BA.4 and BA.5 in South Africa.
Urgent need for a non-discriminatory and non-stigmatizing nomenclature for monkeypox virus.
Tracking the 2022 monkeypox outbreak with epidemiological data in real-time.
An early warning system for emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants.
Infectious diseases science in Africa takes a leading place in the world.
Omicron infection enhances Delta antibody immunity in vaccinated persons.
Effectiveness of the Ad26.COV2.S vaccine in health-care workers in South Africa (the Sisonke study): results from a single-arm, open-label, phase 3B, implementation study.
The geography and inter-community configuration of new sexual partnership formation in a rural South African population over fourteen years (2003–2016).
Emergence and phenotypic characterization of the global SARS-CoV-2 C.1.2 lineage.
Genomic epidemiology reveals the impact of national and international restrictions measures on the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Brazil.
Replacement of the Gamma by the Delta variant in Brazil: Impact of lineage displacement on the ongoing pandemic.
Selection analysis identifies clusters of unusual mutational changes in Omicron lineage BA.1 that likely impact Spike function.
Rapid Replacement of SARS-CoV-2 Variants by Delta and Subsequent Arrival of Omicron, Uganda, 2021.
Targeted Sanger sequencing to recover key mutations in SARS-CoV-2 variant genome assemblies produced by next-generation sequencing.
A Retrospective Overview of Zika Virus Evolution in the Midwest of Brazil..
The role of high-risk geographies in the perpetuation of the HIV epidemic in rural South Africa: A spatial molecular epidemiology study.
Comparison of SARS-CoV-2 sequencing using the ONT GridION and the Illumina MiSeq.
Persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection with accumulation of mutations in a patient with poorly controlled HIV infection.
Selection analysis identifies unusual clustered mutational changes in Omicron lineage BA.1 that likely impact Spike function.
Omicron infection of vaccinated individuals enhances neutralizing immunity against the Delta variant. .
T cell responses to SARS-CoV-2 spike cross-recognize Omicron.
Detection of SARS-CoV-2 variants by Abbott molecular, antigen, and serological tests..
Reduced amplification efficiency of the RNA-dependent-RNA-polymerase target enables tracking of the Delta SARS-CoV-2 variant using routine diagnostic tests.
Rapid epidemic expansion of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant in southern Africa.
HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2: Patterns in the evolution of two pandemic pathogens..
HIV-1 drug resistance in adults and adolescents on protease inhibitor-based antiretroviral treatment in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
Acquired HIV drug resistance and virologic monitoring in a HIV hyper-endemic setting in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa..
Temporal Changes in Vaginal Microbiota and Genital Tract Cytokines Among South African Women Treated for Bacterial Vaginosis.
Immunogenicity of SARS-CoV-2 infection and Ad26.CoV2.S vaccination in people living with HIV.
Escape from recognition of SARS-CoV-2 Beta variant spike epitopes but overall preservation of T cell immunity.
The political theatre of the UK’s travel ban on South Africa.
Track Omicron’s spread with molecular data.
SARS-CoV-2 Omicron has extensive but incomplete escape of Pfizer
BNT162b2 elicited neutralization and requires ACE2 for infection.
Rapid replacement of the Beta variant by the Delta variant in South Africa.
The biological and clinical significance of emerging SARS- CoV-2 variants.
A year of genomic surveillance reveals how the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic unfolded in Africa
The emergence and ongoing convergent evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 N501Y lineages
Implementation of an efficient SARS-CoV-2 specimen pooling strategy for high throughput diagnostic testing.
Two doses of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination induce robust immune responses to emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern.
West Nile Virus in Brazil.
Reduced antibody cross-reactivity following infection with B.1.1.7 than with parental SARS-CoV-2 strains.
Short Report: Early genomic detection of SARS-CoV-2 P.1 variant in Northeast Brazil.
Molecular surveillance of the on-going SARS-COV-2 epidemic in Ribeirao Preto City, Brazil.
Promoting Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) During Brazilian Activities of Genomic and Epidemiological Surveillance of Arboviruses.
Betacoronaviruses genome analysis reveals evolution toward specific codons usage: Implications for SARS-CoV-2 mitigation strategies.
Short report: Introduction of chikungunya virus ECSA genotype into the Brazilian Midwest and its dispersion through the Americas.
Genomic Evidence of SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection Involving E484K Spike Mutation, Brazil.
Field and classroom initiatives for portable sequence-based monitoring of dengue virus in Brazil.
SARS-CoV-2 shifting transmission dynamics and hidden reservoirs potentially limit efficacy of public health interventions in Italy.
Peer-mediated HIV assisted partner services to identify and link to care HIV-positive and HCV-positive people who inject drugs: a cohort study protocol.
Epidemiologic History and Genetic Diversity Origins of Chikungunya and Dengue Viruses, Paraguay.
Efficacy of NVX-CoV2373 Covid-19 Vaccine against the B.1.351 Variant.
Multiplex qPCR discriminates variants of concern to enhance global surveillance of SARS-CoV-2.
Genomic surveillance activities unveil the introduction of the SARS-CoV-2 B.1.525 variant of interest in Brazil: Case report.
Genomic evidence of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection case with the emerging B.1.2 variant in Brazil.
Transmission dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 within-host diversity in two major hospital outbreaks in South Africa.
Tracking the international spread of SARS-CoV-2 lineages B.1.1.7 and B.1.351/501Y-V2.
SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Interest and Concern naming scheme conducive for global discourse.
Persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection and intra-host evolution in association with advanced HIV infection.
Cross-Reactive Neutralizing Antibody Responses Elicited by SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2 (B.1.351).
Multiple Early Introductions of SARS-CoV-2 to Cape Town, South Africa.
Escape of SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2 from neutralization by convalescent plasma..
A novel variant of interest of SARS-CoV-2 with multiple spike mutations detected through travel surveillance in Africa.
New SARS-CoV-2 Variants — Clinical, Public Health, and Vaccine Implications.
Safety and efficacy of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) Covid-19 vaccine against the B.1.351 variant in South Africa.
Voices of Biotech Research.
Emergence of a SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern with mutations in spike glycoprotein.
Epidemiology and evolution of Zika virus in Minas Gerais, Southeast Brazil.
SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2 escapes neutralization by South African COVID-19 donor plasma.
Dengue Virus Serotype 2 Intrahost Diversity in Patients with Different Clinical Outcomes.
Chikungunya virus ECSA lineage reintroduction in the northeasternmost region of Brazil.
Sixteen novel lineages of SARS-CoV-2 in South Africa.
Escape of SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2 variants from neutralization by convalescent plasma.
Co-Circulation of Two Independent Clades and Persistence of CHIKV-ECSA Genotype during Epidemic Waves in Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Brazil. .
Pan-genomics of virus and its applications.
Emergence and rapid spread of a new severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) lineage with multiple spike mutations in South Africa.
Reduced efficacy of HIV-1 integrase inhibitors in patients with drug resistance mutations in reverse transcriptase.
HIV infection alters SARS-CoV-2 responsive immune parameters but not clinical outcomes in COVID-19 disease.
High Resolution analysis of Transmission Dynamics of Sars-Cov-2 in Two Major Hospital Outbreaks in South Africa Leveraging Intrahost Diversity.
Cost-effectiveness of public health strategies for COVID-19 epidemic control in South Africa: a microsimulation modelling study.
Portable sequencing in the field and the classroom: a retrospective examination of the circulation of DENV1 and DENV2 in Brazil.
Adding a Voice to the Unique Ethical Considerations in Molecular HIV Surveillance.
Detection of Inducible Replication-Competent HIV-1 Subtype C Provirus Despite Long-Term Antiretroviral Treatment in Perinatally Infected Adolescents in Botswana.
Next Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatics Analysis of Family Genetic Inheritance.
Impact of pretreatment low-abundance HIV-1 drug-resistant variants on virological failure among HIV-1/TB-co-infected individuals.
Unlocking the efficiency of genomics laboratories with robotic liquid-handling.
Fatal outcome of chikungunya virus infection in Brazil.
Yellow fever transmission in non-human primates, Bahia, Northeastern Brazil.
Accelerating genomics-based surveillance for COVID-19 response in Africa.
A genomics network established to respond rapidly to public health threats in South Africa.
Exposure to waste sites and their impact on health: a panel and geospatial analysis of nationally representative data from South Africa, 2008–2015.
Neurocognitive functioning in MDR-TB patients with and without HIV in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Opportunities and Challenges in HIV Treatment as Prevention Research: Results from the ANRS 12249 Cluster-Randomized Trial and Associated Population Cohort.
Spatial clustering of food insecurity and its association with depression: a geospatial analysis of nationally representative South African data, 2008–2015.
HIV incidence declines in a rural South African population: a G-imputation approach for inference.
Attitude and preferences towards oral and long-acting injectable antipsychotics in patients with psychosis in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Whole Genome Sequencing of SARS-CoV-2: Adapting Illumina Protocols for Quick and Accurate Outbreak Investigation During a Pandemic.
Early transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in South Africa: An epidemiological and phylogenetic report.
Protocol: Leveraging a demographic and health surveillance system for Covid-19 Surveillance in rural KwaZulu-Natal.
The ongoing COVID-19 epidemic in Minas Gerais, Brazil: insights from epidemiological data and SARS-CoV-2 whole genome sequencing.
Pervasive and non-random recombination in near full-length HIV genomes from Uganda.
Sampling bias and incorrect rooting make phylogenetic network tracing of SARS-COV-2 infections unreliable.
Priorities among HIV-positive individuals for tuberculosis preventive therapies.
Naturally Occurring Oxazole-Containing Peptides.
New Genomes from The Congo Basin Expand History of CRF01_AE Origin and Dissemination.
Symptom and digital chest X-ray TB screening in South African prisons: yield and cost-effectiveness.
Breaking a Couple: Disulfide Reducing Agents.
Protocol for synthesis of di- and tri-substituted s-triazine derivatives.
Assessing a diagnosis tool for bacterial vaginosis.
Impact of community piped water coverage on re-infection with urogenital schistosomiasis in rural South Africa.
Nine newly identified individuals refine the phenotype associated with MYT1L mutations.
The Pharmaceutical Industry in 2019. An Analysis of FDA Drug Approvals from the Perspective of Molecules.
Maternal variants within the apolipoprotein L1 gene are associated with preeclampsia in a South African cohort of African ancestry.
Genome-wide Association Study Identifies HLA-DPB1 as a Significant Risk Factor for Severe Aplastic Anemia.
Migration and first-year maternal mortality among HIV-positive postpartum women: A population-based longitudinal study in rural South Africa.
Genomic and Epidemiological Surveillance of Zika Virus in the Amazon Region.
Genome Detective Coronavirus Typing Tool for rapid identification and characterization of novel coronavirus genomes.
Genome-wide Association Study Identifies HLA-DPB1 as a Significant Risk Factor for Severe Aplastic Anemia.
Current Affairs of Microbial Genome-Wide Association Studies: Approaches, Bottlenecks and Analytical Pitfalls.
Quantifying HIV transmission flow between high-prevalence hotspots and surrounding communities: a population-based study in Rakai, Uganda.
The state of the HIV epidemic in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: a novel application of disease metrics to assess trajectories and highlight areas for intervention.
HIV seroconcordance among heterosexual couples in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: a population-based analysis.
Persistence of chikungunya ECSA genotype and local outbreak in an upper medium class neighborhood in Northeast Brazil.
Return of the founder Chikungunya virus to its place of introduction into Brazil is revealed by genomic characterization of exanthematic disease cases..
Analysis of the microarray gene expression for breast cancer progression after the application modified logistic regression.
Depression, anxiety and stress symptoms in patients presenting with dyspepsia at a regional hospital in KwaZulu-Natal province.
Synthesis and Antimicrobial Activity of a New Series of Thiazolidine-2,4-diones Carboxamide and Amino Acid Derivatives.
Emtricitabine-induced pure red cell aplasia.
The pharmacokinetic properties of HIV-1 protease inhibitors: A computational perspective on herbal phytochemicals..
Declines in HIV incidence among men and women in a South African population-based cohort.
Undetectable proviral deoxyribonucleic acid in an adolescent perinatally infected with human immunodeficiency virus-1C and on long-term antiretroviral therapy resulted in viral rebound following antiretroviral therapy termination: A case report with implications for clinical care.
Trends in HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Incidence in a Hyperendemic Area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Yellow fever virus re-emergence and spread in Southeast Brazil, 2016-2019.
Recent levels and trends in HIV incidence rates among adolescent girls and young women in ten high-prevalence African countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Ethical issues associated with HIV molecular epidemiology: a qualitative exploratory study using inductive analytic approaches.
Mosquito-Borne Viral Diseases: Control and Prevention in the Genomics Era.
Investigating Triorthogonal Chemoselectivity. Effect of Azide Substitution on the Triazine Core..
The Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Perinatal Substance Use Behaviour in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa..
Space-time clustering of recently diagnosed tuberculosis and impact of ART scale-up: Evidence from an HIV hyper-endemic rural South African population.
Whole genome sequencing for drug-resistant tuberculosismanagement in South Africa: What gaps would this address andwhat are the challenges to implementation?.
The clinical presentation caused by truncating CHD8 variants..
Phylodynamic analyses of Brazilian antigenic variants of infectious bursal disease virus.
Predictors of quality of life among community psychiatric patients in a peri-urban district of Gauteng Province, South Africa..
Bypassing Osmotic Shock Dilemma in a Polystyrene Resin Using the Green Solvent Cyclopentyl methyl Ether (CPME): A Morphological Perspective..
High rate of occult hepatitis B virus infection in hemodialysis units of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Circulation of chikungunya virus East/Central/South African lineage in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A computational method for the identification of Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya virus species and genotypes.
Neurocognitive Impairment Risk Among Individuals With Multiple Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Coinfection: Implications for Systematic Linkage to and Retention of Care in Tuberculosis/Human Immunodeficiency Virus Treatment..
Inferring HIV-1 transmission networks and sources of epidemic spread in Africa with deep-sequence phylogenetic analysis.
Trends in Pretreatment HIV-1 Drug Resistance in Antiretroviral Therapy-naive Adults in South Africa, 2000–2016: A Pooled Sequence Analysis.
Effects of Migration on Risky Sexual Behavior and HIV Acquisition in South Africa: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, 2000-2017..
Major depression and household food insecurity among individuals with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in South Africa..
Effect of ART scale-up and female migration intensity on risk of HIV acquisition: results from a population-based cohort in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Effects of genetic variability on rifampicin and isoniazid pharmacokinetics in South African patients with recurrent tuberculosis.
Estimating trends in the incidence rate with interval censored data and time-dependent covariates.
The Pharmaceutical Industry in 2018. An Analysis of FDA Drug Approvals from the Perspective of Molecules..
Factors influencing HIV-1 phylogenetic clustering.
Early Genomic Detection of Cosmopolitan Genotype of Dengue Virus Serotype 2, Angola, 2018.
The effect of interventions on the transmission and spread of HIV in South Africa: a phylodynamic analysis.
Sociobehavioral and community predictors of unsuppressed HIV viral load: multilevel results from a hyperendemic rural South African population.
Spatial structure of depression in South Africa: A longitudinal panel survey of a nationally representative sample of households.
Early detection of emergent extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) by flow cytometry-based phenotyping and whole genome sequencing.
Experts' Perspectives on Key Ethical Issues Associated With HIV Phylogenetics as Applied in HIV Transmission Dynamics Research.
Moderate to high levels of pre-treatment HIV drug resistance in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
Genome Detective: An Automated System for Virus Identification from High-throughput sequencing data..
Phylodynamic analysis and molecular diversity of the avian infectious bronchitis virus of chickens in Brazil.
Spatiotemporal and demographic history of the HIV-1 circulating recombinant form CRF31_BC in Brazil.
2017 FDA Peptide Harvest.
Inferring population dynamics of HIV-1 subtype C epidemics in Eastern Africa and Southern Brazil applying different Bayesian phylodynamics approaches.
Exploiting the Thiobarbituric Acid Scaffold for Antibacterial Activity.
Formation of N?-terminal 2-dialkyl amino oxazoles from guanidinated derivatives under mild conditions.
Bacteria Hunt Bacteria through an Intriguing Cyclic Peptide.
Identification of patients with recent-onset psychosis in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa: a pilot study with traditional health practitioners and diagnostic instruments.
Exploring the Orthogonal Chemoselectivity of 2,4,6-Trichloro-1,3,5-Triazine (TCT) as a Trifunctional Linker With Different Nucleophiles: Rules of the Game..
Crystal structure, spectroscopic studies and theoretical studies of thiobarbituric acid derivatives: understanding the hydrogen-bonding patterns..
Perfluorophenyl Derivatives as Unsymmetrical Linkers for Solid Phase Conjugation.
Tracking external introductions of HIV using phylodynamics reveals a major source of infections in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Mycobacterium tuberculosis Next-Generation Whole Genome Sequencing: Opportunities and Challenges.
Combining Phylogenetic and Network Approaches to Identify HIV-1 Transmission Links in San Mateo County, California.
2018 update to the HIV-TRePS system: the development of new computational models to predict HIV treatment outcomes, with or without a genotype, with enhanced usability for low-income settings.
Community engagement with HIV drug adherence in rural South Africa: a transdisciplinary approach.
HIV drug resistance in sub-Saharan Africa: public health questions and the potential role of real-world data and mathematical modelling.
Predicted antiviral activity of tenofovir versus abacavir in combination with a cytosine analogue and the integrase inhibitor dolutegravir in HIV-1-infected South African patients initiating or failing first-line ART.
Intimate partner violence among HIV-serodiscordant couples in Durban, South Africa.
Evidence on the Association Between Cigarette Smoking and Incident Depression From the South African National Income Dynamics Study 2008–2015: Mental Health Implications for a Resource-Limited Setting.
In Vitro Antibacterial Activity of Teixobactin Derivatives on Clinically Relevant Bacterial Isolates.
Impact of next generation sequencing defined HIV pre-treatment drug resistance on virological outcomes in the ANRS 12249 treatment as prevention trial.
Pre-eclampsia: the role of highly active antiretroviral therapy and immune markers.
Recurrent tuberculosis among HIV-coinfected patients: a case series from KwaZulu-Natal.
Sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress among African female refugees and migrants in South Africa.
Genomic and epidemiological monitoring of yellow fever virus transmission potential.
Patterns of genomic site inheritance in HIV-1M inter-subtype recombinants delineate the most likely genomic sites of subtype-specific adaptation.
Dolutegravir for first-line antiretroviral therapy in low-income and middle-income countries: uncertainties and opportunities for implementation and research.
Renewing Felsenstein's phylogenetic bootstrap in the era of big data.
Ethical issues associated with HIV phylogenetics in HIV transmission dynamics research: A review of the literature using the Emanuel Framework.
Spatial clustering of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Hlabisa subdistrict, KwaZulu-Natal, 2011-2015.
Effect of genetic variation in UGT1A and ABCB1 on moxifloxacin pharmacokinetics in South African patients with tuberculosis.
Case report: mechanisms of HIV elite control in two African women.
Epidemiological patterns of mental disorders and stigma in a community household survey in urban slum and rural settings in Kenya.
A Nationwide Panel Study on Religious Involvement and Depression in South Africa: Evidence from the South African National Income Dynamics Study.
Application of Decafluorobiphenyl (DFBP) Moiety as a Linker in Bioconjugation.
1,3,5-Triazino Peptide Derivatives: Synthesis, Characterization, and Preliminary Antileishmanial Activity.
Solid-Phase Synthesis of Pyrrole Derivatives through a Multicomponent Reaction Involving Lys-Containing Peptides.
The Pharmaceutical Industry in 2017. An Analysis of FDA Drug Approvals from the Perspective of Molecules.
N-methylation in amino acids and peptides: Scope and limitations.
Impact of the scale-up of piped water on urogenital schistosomiasis infection in rural South Africa.
Unravelling the complicated evolutionary and dissemination history of HIV-1M subtype A lineages.
Elevated HLA-A expression impairs HIV control through inhibition of NKG2A-expressing cells.
Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor 3DL1 variation modifies HLA-B*57 protection against HIV-1.
HIV-1 drug resistance before initiation or re-initiation of first-line antiretroviral therapy in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-regression analysis.
Universal test and treat and the HIV epidemic in rural South Africa: a phase 4, open-label, community cluster randomised trial.
High percentage of undiagnosed HIV cases within a hyperendemic South African community: a population-based study.
Converting Teixobactin into a Cationic Antimicrobial Peptide (AMP).
Investigation of the N-Terminus Amino Function of Arg10-Teixobactin.
Tuberculosis mortality and the male survival deficit in rural South Africa: An observational community cohort study.
HIV assessment and testing for hospital in-patients: still a weak link in the cascade.
Green environment and incident depression in South Africa: a geospatial analysis and mental health implications in a resource-limited setting.
Highlights of the second ISCB Student Council Symposium in Africa, 2017.
Effect of population viral load on prospective HIV incidence in a hyperendemic rural African community.
Longitudinal trends in the prevalence of detectable HIV viremia: Population-based evidence from rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Impact of point-of-care Xpert MTB/RIF on tuberculosis treatment initiation: a cluster randomised trial.
Hyperbilirubinemia in atazanavir-treated human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients: the impact of the UGT1A1*28 allele.
Rates of virological suppression and drug resistance in adult HIV-1-positive patients attending primary healthcare facilities in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Automated profiling of the human virome from raw metagenomic data.
Persistent circulation of highly divergent HIV-1M lineages in the Congo Basin Region.
Genetic markers for protease inhibitor drug resistance in regions outside of the protease gene.
Sexual partnership age pairings and risk of HIV acquisition in rural South Africa.
Incidence rate estimation, periodic testing and the limitations of the mid-point imputation approach.
Mutational Correlates of Virological Failure in Individuals Receiving a WHO-Recommended Tenofovir-Containing First-Line Regimen: An International Collaboration.
High Rates of Transmission of Drug-resistant HIV in Aruba Resulting in Reduced Susceptibility to the WHO Recommended First-line Regimen in Nearly Half of Newly Diagnosed HIV-infected Patients.
Virological Outcomes of Second-line Protease Inhibitor-Based Treatment for Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 in a High-Prevalence Rural South African Setting: A Competing-Risks Prospective Cohort Analysis.
CD4+ T-cell count may not be a useful strategy to monitor antiretroviral therapy response in HTLV-1/HIV co-infected patients.
Social disequilibrium and the risk of HIV acquisition: A multilevel study in rural KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
Sequence and Phylogenetic Analysis of the Untranslated Promoter Regions for HLA Class I Genes.
Pairwise diversity and tMRCA as potential markers for HIV infection recency.
Sensitive next generation sequencing method reveals deep genetic diversity of HIV-1 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Complex subtype diversity of HIV-1 among drug users in major Kenyan cities.
Spread of yellow fever virus outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo 2015-16: a modelling study.
Occult HIV-1 drug resistance to thymidine analogues following failure of first-line tenofovir combined with a cytosine analogue and nevirapine or efavirenz in sub Saharan Africa: a retrospective multi-centre cohort study.
Transmission networks and risk of HIV infection in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: a community-wide phylogenetic study.
Microbial genome-wide association studies: lessons from human GWAS.
HIV drug resistance levels in adults failing first-line antiretroviral therapy in an urban and a rural setting in South Africa.
Using nearly full-genome HIV sequence data improves phylogeny reconstruction in a simulated epidemic.
HLA-C Level Is Regulated by a Polymorphic Oct1 Binding Site in the HLA-C Promoter Region.
HIV drug resistance testing among patients failing second line antiretroviral therapy-Comparison of in-house and commercial sequencing.
HTLV-1aA introduction into Brazil and its association with the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Genome-Wide Association Study of HIV Whole Genome Sequences Validated using Drug Resistance.
Contribution of Gag and Protease to HIV-1 Phenotypic Drug Resistance in Pediatric Patients Failing Protease Inhibitor-Based Therapy.
Comprehensive Characterization of HIV-1 Molecular Epidemiology and Demographic History in the Brazilian Region Most Heavily Affected by AIDS.
Analysis of Viral Diversity in Relation to the Recency of HIV-1C Infection in Botswana.
Relationship between HIV serostatus, CD4 count and rehospitalisation: Potential implications for health systems strengthening in South Africa.
Substance use and duration of untreated psychosis in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Origin, imports and exports of HIV-1 subtype C in South Africa: A historical perspective.
Zika virus complete genome from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
Improving HIV proteome annotation: new features of BioAfrica HIV Proteomics Resource .
Increasing HIV-1 drug resistance between 2010 and 2012 in adults participating in population-based HIV surveillance in rural KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Global epidemiology of drug resistance after failure of WHO recommended first-line regimens for adult HIV-1 infection: a multicentre retrospective cohort study.
The Development of Computational Biology in South Africa: Successes Achieved and Lessons Learnt.
Understanding Specific Contexts of Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence in Rural South Africa: A Thematic Analysis of Digital Stories from a Community with High HIV Prevalence.
Analysis of Dominant HIV Quasispecies Suggests Independent Viral Evolution Within Spinal Granulomas Coinfected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis and HIV-1 Subtype C.
Brief Report: Virologic Monitoring Can Be a Cost-Effective Strategy to Diagnose Treatment Failure on First-Line ART.
Deep Sequencing Analysis of Human T Cell Lymphotropic Virus Type 1 Long Terminal Repeat 5' Region from Patients with Tropical Spastic Paraparesis/Human T Cell Lymphotropic Virus Type 1-Associated Myelopathy and Asymptomatic Carriers..
HIV treatment cascade in tuberculosis patients.
Epigenetic regulation of differential HLA-A allelic expression levels.
Epigenetic mechanisms, T-cell activation, and CCR5 genetics interact to regulate T-cell expression of CCR5, the major HIV-1 coreceptor.
Genetic Changes in HIV-1 Gag-Protease Associated with Protease Inhibitor-Based Therapy Failure in Pediatric Patients.
Clinical, Virologic, Immunologic Outcomes and Emerging HIV Drug Resistance Patterns in Children and Adolescents in Public ART Care in Zimbabwe.
History and origin of the HIV-1 subtype C epidemic in South Africa and the greater southern African region.
HIV-1 Drug Resistance Mutations: Potential Applications for Point-of-Care Genotypic Resistance Testing.
The Art of HIV Elimination: Past and Present Science.
Identifying Recent HIV Infections: From Serological Assays to Genomics.
Long-range HIV genotyping using viral RNA and proviral DNA for analysis of HIV drug-resistance and HIV clustering.
The origin of HTLV-1 in southern Bahia by phylogenetic, mtDNA and Beta-globin analysis.
PANGEA-HIV: phylogenetics for generalised epidemics in Africa.
Evidence of Long-Lived Founder Virus in Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission.
Sequencing and phylogenetic analysis of near full-length HIV-1 subtypes A, B, G and unique recombinant AC and AD viral strains identified in South Africa.
Impact of drug resistance-associated amino acid changes in HIV-1 subtype C on susceptibility to newer nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors.
Expression of the CCR5 HIV co-receptor in
women with genital schistosomiasis.
Effect of female genital schistosomiasis and anti-schistosomal treatment on monocytes, CD4+ T-cells and CCR5 expression in the female genital tract.
Use of antiretroviral therapy in households and risk of HIV acquisition in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 2004-12: a prospective cohort study.
Drug resistance mutations from whole blood proviral DNA among patients on antiretroviral drugs in Zimbabwe.
Detection of Transmission Clusters of HIV-1 Subtype C over a 21-Year Period in Cape Town, South Africa.
HIV Drug Resistance Patterns at the Epicentre of the HIV-1 Epidemic in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa 2003-2013.
Phylogenetic studies of transmission dynamics in generalized HIV epidemics: An essential tool where
the burden is greatest?.
HIV-1 adaptation to antigen processing results in population-level immune evasion and affects subtype diversification.
Circulating Biomarkers of Immune Activation Distinguish Viral Suppression from Nonsuppression in HAART-Treated Patients with Advanced HIV-1 Subtype C Infection.
HIV-1 Subtypes B and C Unique Recombinant Forms (URFs) and Transmitted Drug Resistance Identified in the Western Cape Province, South Africa.
Implementing antiretroviral resistance testing in a primary health care HIV treatment programme in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: early experiences, achievements and challenges.
Southern African Treatment Resistance Network (SATuRN) RegaDB HIV drug resistance and clinical management database: supporting patient management, surveillance and research in southern Africa.
Drug resistance in children at virological failure in a rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, cohort.
Concentrated HIV subepidemics in generalized epidemic settings.
An Affordable HIV-1 Drug Resistance Monitoring Method for Resource Limited Settings.
Genetic interplay between HLA-C and MIR148A in HIV control and Crohn disease.
Implementing HIV-1 Genotypic Resistance Testing in Antiretroviral Therapy Programs in Africa: Needs, Opportunities, and Challenges.
An Investigation of Classification Algorithms for Predicting HIV Drug Resistance without Genotype Resistance Testing.
A Pragmatic Approach to HIV-1 Drug Resistance Determination in Resource-Limited Settings by Use of a Novel Genotyping Assay Targeting the Reverse Transcriptase-Encoding Region Only.
Dramatic increases in HIV prevalence after scale-up of antiretroviral treatment: a longitudinal population-based HIV surveillance study in rural Kwazulu-Natal.
High coverage of ART associated with decline in risk of HIV acquisition in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
A qualitative and quantitative histopathological analysis of the host immune response to TB of the spine in HIV-positive and negative patients.
Pili contribute to biofilm formation in vitro in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Combined antiretroviral and antituberculosis drug resistance following incarceration.
Human Retrovirus Codon Usage from tRNA Point of View: Therapeutic Insights.
High-Levels of Acquired Drug Resistance in Adult Patients Failing First-Line Antiretroviral Therapy in a Rural HIV Treatment Programme in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
High Level of HIV-2 False Positivity in KwaZulu-Natal Province: A Region of South Africa With a Very High HIV-1 Subtype C Prevalence.
Trends in Genotypic HIV-1 Antiretroviral Resistance between 2006 and 2012 in South African Patients Receiving First- and Second-Line Antiretroviral Treatment Regimens.
Automated subtyping of HIV-1 genetic sequences for clinical and surveillance purposes: Performance evaluation of the new REGA version 3 and seven other tools.
Development and evaluation of an affordable real-time qualitative assay for determining HIV-1 virological failure in plasma and dried blood spots..
RegaDB: Community-driven data management and analysis for infectious diseases.
HIV & TB Drug Resistance & Clinical Management Case Book.
Universal Amplification, Next-Generation Sequencing, and Assembly of HIV-1 Genomes.
In-house human immunodeficiency virus-1 genotype resistance testing to determine highly active antiretroviral therapy resistance mutations in Hong Kong.
Principles of HIV drug resistance for clinical management in South Africa.
The 2012 southern African ARV drug resistance testing guidelines.
Are subtype differences important in HIV drug resistance?.
Gender Differences in Survival among Adult Patients Starting Antiretroviral Therapy in South Africa: A Multicentre Cohort Study.
WHO HIV drug resistance report 2012.
Modeling HIV-1 Drug Resistance as Episodic Directional Selection.
Primary drug resistance in South Africa - data from 10 years of surveys.
Influence of variations in CCL3L1 and CCR5 on tuberculosis in a northwestern Colombian population.
Duffy-null-associated low neutrophil counts influence HIV-1 susceptibility in high-risk South African black women.
Optimization of a low cost and broadly sensitive genotyping assay for HIV-1 drug resistance surveillance and monitoring in resource-limited settings..
Cumulative exposure to cell-free HIV in breast milk, rather than feeding pattern per se, identifies postnatally infected infants.
Use of dried blood spots for the determination of genetic variation of IL-10, Killer Immunoglobulin-like Receptor and HLA Class I genes.
Surveillance of transmitted antiretroviral drug resistance among HIV-1 infected women attending antenatal clinics in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe..
Cohort profile: Hlabisa HIV Treatment and Care Programme.
Retention in HIV care for individuals not yet eligible for antiretroviral therapy: rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Association of age with mortality and virological and immunological response to antiretroviral therapy in rural South African adults.
Poor long-term outcomes for cryptococcal meningitis in rural South Africa.
International spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis from Tugela Ferry, South Africa.
Evaluation of tuberculosis diagnostics: establishing an evidence base around the public health impact.
Genetic Characteristics, Coreceptor Usage Potential and Evolution of Nigerian HIV-1 Subtype G and CRF02_AG Isolate.
Affordable in-house antiretroviral drug resistance assay with good performance in non-subtype B HIV-1.
Comparison of the Generic HIV Viral Load assay with the Amplicor HIV-1 monitor v1.5 and Nuclisens HIV-1 EasyQ v1.2 techniques for plasma HIV-1 RNA quantitation of non-B subtypes: the Kesho Bora preparatory study. .
Dried Blood Spot HIV-1 RNA Quantification Using Open Real-Time Systems in South Africa and Burkina Faso.
Community-based treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The TB challenge in a rural South African HIV programme.
Scale-up of a decentralised HIV treatment programme in rural KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa: does rapid expansion affect patient outcomes?.
Comparative performance of the REGA subtyping tool version 2 versus version 1.
The HIV-1 Subtype C Epidemic in South America is Linked to the United Kingdom.
Public Database for HIV Drug Resistance in southern Africa.
Molecular characterization of non-subtype C and recombinant HIV-1 viruses from Cape Town, South Africa.
Genetic variability of human immunodeficiency virus-1 in Bahia state, Northeast, Brazil: high diversity of HIV genotypes.
Extensive HIV-1 intra-host recombination is common in tissues with abnormal histopathology.
Functional characteristics of HIV-1 subtype C compatible with increased heterosexual transmissibility.
A standardized framework for accurate, high-throughput genotyping of recombinant and non-recombinant viral sequences.
Prevalence of HIV type-1 drug-associated mutations in pre-therapy patients in the Free State, South Africa..
Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology of Subtype C HIV-1 in Zimbabwe.
Antiretroviral drug resistance surveillance among drug-naive HIV-1-infected individuals in Gauteng Province, South Africa in 2002 and 2004.
In-house HIV-1 RNA real-time reverse transcription PCR assays: principle, available tests and usefulness in developing countries.
HIV and hepatitis B co-infection in Africa.
Effect of the HIV epidemic on liver cancer in Africa.
High-resolution molecular epidemiology and evolutionary history of HIV-1 subtypes in Albania.
The HIV type 1 epidemic in Bulgaria involves multiple subtypes and is sustained by continuous viral inflow from West and East European countries.
Conserved footprints of APOBEC3G on Hypermutated human immunodeficiency virus type 1 and human endogenous retrovirus HERV-K(HML2) sequences.
Atypical mycobacterial spondylitis in HIV-negative patients identified by 16S rDNA genotyping.
Cervical spine tuberculosis in children.
Evaluation of the Partec flow cytometer against the BD FACSCalibur system for monitoring immune responses of human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients in Zimbabwe.
Sequential broadening of CTL responses in early HIV-1 infection is associated with viral escape.
Re-mapping the molecular features of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 and human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 Brazilian sequences using a bioinformatics unit established in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, to give support to the viral epidemiology studies.
Evidence for recombination in natural populations of porcine circovirus type 2 in Hong Kong and mainland China.
An outbreak of HIV-1 subtype G among Italian injecting drug users.
Recombination confounds the early evolutionary history of human immunodeficiency virus type 1: subtype G is a circulating recombinant form.
Libya should stop denying scientific evidence on HIV.
Phylogenetic surveillance of viral genetic diversity and the evolving molecular epidemiology of human immunodeficiency virus type 1.
Mapping the molecular characteristics of Brazilian human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 Env (gp46) and Pol amino acid sequences for vaccine design.
A report of 3 unusual opportunistic bacterial infections of the spine.
Tracing the origin of Brazilian HTLV-1 as determined by analysis of host and viral genes.
Assessment of automated genotyping protocols as tools for surveillance of HIV-1 genetic diversity.
Molecular epidemiology: HIV-1 and HCV sequences from Libyan outbreak.
BioAfrica's HIV-1 proteomics resource: combining protein data with bioinformatics tools.
Different epidemic potentials of the HIV-1B and C subtypes.
An automated genotyping system for analysis of HIV-1 and other microbial sequences.
Phylodynamic analysis of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 in distinct brain compartments provides a model for the neuropathogenesis of AIDS.
Management of hepatitis B co-infection in human immunodeficiency virus infected subjects.
A specific subtype C of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 circulates in Brazil.
An integrated genetic data environment (GDE)-based LINUX interface for analysis of HIV-1 and other microbial sequences.
Molecular characteristics of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 subtype C viruses from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: implications for vaccine and antiretroviral control strategies.
Mosaic genomes of the six major primate lentivirus lineages revealed by phylogenetic analyses.
Variability at human immunodeficiency virus type 1 subtype C protease cleavage sites: an indication of viral fitness?.
Prevalence, incidence and mother-to-child transmission of HIV-1 in rural South Africa.
Novel evolutionary analyses of full-length HIV type 1 subtype C molecular clones from Cape Town, South Africa.
Molecular cloning and functional analysis of three type D endogenous retroviruses of sheep reveal a different cell tropism from that of the highly related exogenous jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus.
Sequence of the env gene of some KwaZulu-Natal, South African strains of HTLV type I.
Antiretroviral therapy adherence patterns, virological suppression, and emergence of drug resistance: A nested case-control study from Uganda and South Africa.
Here find some TV interviews of Prof. Tulio De Oliveira on the COP28 in Dubai for the launch of the Climate Change and Epidemics 2023 Synthesis Report by CLIMADE
World leaders at the Cop28 summit are told that urgent action is needed to prevent the epidemiological fallout of global warming by the CLIMADE consortium
The increase in epidemics fuelled by climate change across the world, and the severe implications they have on the health of the most vulnerable communities, particularly in the Global South, are captured in a groundbreaking research report on climate change and infectious diseases.
On the first ever Health Day at a COP, a new report on climate change and epidemics was released. This report, which was compiled by over one hundred scientists and policy makers, highlights how climate change is fuelling new epidemics across the world, particularly in countries from the Global South.
A short video that summarises the Climate Change & Epidemics 2023 Report produced Climate Amplified Diseases and Epidemics (CLIMADE) consortium. The video and reportwas released at the COP28 Health Day.
CERI Environmental & Social Management Plan (ESMP). The evaluation of the Project’s risks and impacts was done in line with the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) which was subsequently classified as a low risk rating. Five (5) of the 10 World Bank Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) are applicable to the Project and guides this Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP)
Stakeholder Engagement includes the process of engaging stakeholders for a clear purpose to achieve agreed outcomes. It is now also recognized as a fundamental accountability mechanism since it obliges an organization to involve stakeholders in identifying and understanding of the specific program/project and responding to issues and concerns raised by the stakeholders for decisions, actions, and hence improving program/project performance.
This Project Operations Manual (POM) was developed by the core project implementation team at CERI in consultation with other departments, and the World Bank, and describes the management structures and processes related to the implementation of the Project.
CERI has been funded by the World Bank to develop genomics-based surveillance to pathogens in Africa. Here you find information on the project as well as the support documents such as the POM, ESMP, GRM and SEP documentations for the programme.
In this special edition of the CERI/KRISP newsletter, we highlight the activities of the Climate Amplified Diseases and Epidemics (CLIMADE) consortium over the past year. On page 2, we feature our participation in the upcoming COP28 meeting in Dubai for the release of the Climate Change and Epidemics 2023 report.
Welcome to another edition of the CERI/KRISP monthly newsletter. In this issue, we are excited to highlight the remarkable efforts on advancing climate and health research taking place across Africa in the realm of pathogen surveillance and research capacity building. Our dedicated team of scientists has been making outstanding contributions to this critical field, garnering well-deserved recognition for their exceptional research endeavors.
The South African Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (SAPCC) & ABSA Business Excellence Gala Awards 2023 held at The Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg, celebrated outstanding businesses and individuals who've contributed to South Africa's business community.
Stellenbosch University's Research & Innovation Excellence Awards held on October 30, 2023, was a night to remember as the institution celebrated the exceptional contributions of its researchers and innovators ...
The recent Data Science for Biology Workshop Series in Durban, South Africa, showcased the intersection of data science and biology, emphasizing the importance of capacity building and fostering collaboration among participants.
The Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) at Stellenbosch University recently concluded an intensive RNA sequencing training program from October 16th to 23rd.
The 2023 Nobel Symposium in Chemistry Tuberculosis and Antibiotic Resistance – From Basic Drug Discovery to Clinic was hosted at Stellenbosch University.
In the ever-evolving landscape of HIV research and treatment, the 30th International Workshop on HIV Drug Resistance and Treatment Strategies awarded Nália Ismael an award for Best Oral Abstract. Nalia is a PhD student at Stellenbosch University in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science ...
Grantees of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP3) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMG) Partnership on Genomic Epidemiology participated in the first GenEpi periodic meeting, which coincided with the BMGF Grand Challenges Annual Meeting, an event designed to explore how the global health community can expand the frontiers of science and innovation to save and improve lives ...
In effort to address the crucial connection between climate change and public health, the Botswana Harvard Health Partnership(BHP) and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Gaborone co-hosted the “Climate Change and Pandemic Preparedness” conference...
On September 22nd, CERI had the privilege of hosting 40 bright minds from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) master's program. The day was filled with insightful discussions centered around the theme of #AIforScience and the exciting possibilities of applying artificial intelligence in the biomedical field ...
In today's fast-paced era of scientific advancement, being able to secure grants remain essential for driving groundbreaking discoveries and innovative projects. This need is particularly critical for African scientists and researchers, and the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) has recognized and acted on this imperative.
Researchers in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK are working together to tackle the health impacts of climate change, thanks to £2.7 million in new research funding from the Foundation.
Dr Houriiyah Tegally and Dr Moritz Kraemer from Stellenbosch University and the University of Oxford are looking at human migrations as a result of climate change and their impact on arboviral disease transmission in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Implementation of a new public health strategy for pathogens identification and characterization in the context of climate change: IRESSEF a case study in the surveillance of dengue fever, arboviruses and infectious diseases in Senegal
Time: 12h00 | Wednesday, 27 September 2023, Venue: Room 3073, BMRI, Tygerberg Campus or Online, Presenters: Prof. Alex Sigal, Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI)
Amidst the serene landscapes of Stellenbosch, The Africa in the World Festival, a prestigious annual event, brought together visionaries, innovators, and thought leaders. The festival, spanning from 12-16 September 2023, served as a hub for influential speakers and attendees, all driven by a shared purpose: to catalyze positive change and sustainable solutions for Africa and its global diaspora.
Stellenbosch University's Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) is proud to welcome a new luminary to its ranks, Prof. Lenine Liebenberg, as Chief Researcher in Mucosal Immunology. This addition marks a significant milestone for CERI and the field of immunology as a whole.
CERI at Stellenbosch University: School for Data Science and Computational Thinking is looking to hire a grants manager to expand its grant management unit.
The Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation will be hosting a grant writing and administration workshop Stellenbosch University on the 23-24 October 2023.
As climate change creates a world in which extreme weather is the norm — so too are large-scale, deadly health outbreaks. And these crises aren’t contained to regions — extreme weather in one part of the world can be linked to health outbreaks in another.
Next week in New York, world leaders are expected to make commitments at the United Nations General Assembly on health and climate — two big issues that are closely intertwined.
A Stellenbosch University-led international consortium has been awarded a multimillion-rand grant to help manage future epidemics in Africa. The grant is from the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, which funded five international awards. The project is the only one led by Africa.
Stellenbosch University (SU) is leading an international consortium that recently received a grant of five million euros (approx. R101 million) from the European Union's flagship research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe, to better diagnose, monitor and clinically manage current and future epidemics in Africa.
Graeme Dor, a PhD candidate at the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI), is applying geospatial and molecular epidemiological techniques to enhance understanding of endemic and emerging pathogens, particularly in Africa . He aims to create actionable insights into pathogen dynamics in Africa, establishing systems for ongoing monitoring. His future endeavors will continue to be at the forefront of public health.
This month newsletter’s cover shows the devastation resulting from extreme weather events in Malawi. This is the topic of our main feature article, published this month in Science, that highlights the link between climate change and infectious diseases. We also feature some of the highlights from the recent VEME workshop that was hosted by CERI at Stellenbosch University and brought together 158 individuals from 39 different countries.
This inaugural lecture held on September 5 highlighted two decades of genomics excellence under Prof. de Oliveira's leadership, propelling Africa into a new era of healthcare and research innovation.
In the intricate web of scientific exploration, one thread stands out for its profound influence on clinical research and public health: bioinformatics. The week-long 27th International Bioinformatics & Virus Evolution & Molecular Epidemiology (VEME) Workshop, hosted by the Centre for Epidemic Response & Innovation (CERI) at Stellenbosch University from August 20th to 25th, recently concluded, leaving a trail of insights and inspiration. This workshop showcased the symbiosis between experts and enthusiasts, forging a path into the realm of molecular data analysis and its practical implications.
New RNA sequences show the path that the virus travelled from the Amazon to the densely populated south. Nature highlights our recent paper at Science Advances.
Join us for a thought-provoking discussion by world-leading experts on Insights in to viral discovery, One health & big data analysis. Stellenbosch University, 23 August 2023, 5:30pm-7pm. All Wellcome.
This month newsletter’s cover includes a vintage tram on the streets of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, to celebrate the Portuguese President Honoring Prof. Tulio de Oliveira with Order of Merit Medal for Outstanding Scientific Contributions. In recognition of women’s month, we highlight the contributions one of our women scientists who has a passion for capacity building.
In a momentous ceremony Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa presented Prof Tulio de Oliveira with the distinguished Order of Merit Medal.
Zimbabwe, like many other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, faces the harsh reality of the HIV epidemic. With a substantial portion of the population affected by the virus, innovative approaches are urgently needed to combat its devastating impact.
Abdualmoniem's life-changing experience in a foreign land became a tale of humanity, generosity, and friendship.
The threat of bat-borne viruses in Southern Africa continues to be a major concern for public health and wildlife conservation. In a bid to shed light on this critical issue, the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) hosted its monthly scientific seminar, featuring esteemed guest speaker Prof. Wanda Markotter, Director of the Centre for Viral Zoonoses at University of Pretoria and a leading expert in zoonotic diseases.
The CERI family is expanding! With the addition of new students and staff, we are excited to showcase our growing team in this month's news and newsletter. Together, we continue to foster an environment of collaboration, innovation, and excellence in research and education. Stay tuned as we eagerly await more talented individuals to join us in the upcoming months!
In a momentous ceremony held at the Coastlands Hotel in Musgrave, Durban, on the evening of July 22, 2023, Professor Tulio de Oliveira was bestowed with the prestigious 2023 Discovery Health Lifetime Leadership Award. The distinguished accolade, presented jointly by Discovery and the KwaZulu-Natal Doctors Healthcare Coalition, recognizes Professor de Oliveira's unparalleled contributions to global thought leadership in the research and scientific fields.
In celebration of Women's Month, we shine a spotlight on an extraordinary woman whose contributions to scientific research and leadership has led to significant breakthroughs in HIV prevention. Meet Dr. Cheryl Baxter, the Head of Scientific Support at CERI.
Time: 12h00 | Wednesday, 26 July 2023, Venue: Room 3073, BMRI, Tygerberg Campus or Online, Presenters: Prof. Wanda Markotter, Director of the Centre for Viral Zoonoses, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria.
Nations with large volumes of outgoing air traffic accounted for a high proportion of variant exports.
In the pursuit of preventing and treating deadly diseases, Derek Tshiabuila, a PhD researcher at the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI), is delving into the enigmatic realm of viral recombination. With a focus on three highly prevalent viruses in South Africa, Derek's groundbreaking work aims to unravel the secrets of viral evolution, providing invaluable insights into the development of effective prevention and treatment strategies.
[Stellenbosch, June 25, 2023] -The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities (The Guild) proudly announce the launch of the Cluster of Excellence (CoE) named Genomics for Health in Africa, an innovative collaboration aimed at advancing genomics research and improving healthcare outcomes across the African continent. The lead universities for this cluster are Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa, the University of Bern in Switzerland and University of Tübingen in Germany.
Nikita Sitharam, a dedicated bioinformatics Master's student at Stellenbosch University, is revolutionizing epidemic response in Africa through her ground-breaking research on arboviruses genomes. Sitharam's primary focus is the development of innovative dashboards that harness the power of bioinformatics to provide vital information for public health officials and policymakers. Her work has the potential to transform the way arbovirus outbreaks are monitored, analyzed, and combated across the continent.
The Centre for Epidemic Response & Innovation (CERI) at Stellenbosch University (SU) hosted a training focused on exomes preparation, aimed at advancing the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases among paediatric patients. By producing Exomes in South Africa in real-time provides medical professionals the ability to diagnose and develop tailored treatment plans for affected children.
As we enter the winter season in South Africa, our focus shifts to the northern hemisphere. In May, we had the privilege of attending the World Health Assembly, WHO, and the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, where we had the opportunity to participate in the launch of the International Public Health Surveillance Network (IPSN). Additionally, Professor Tulio engaged in significant discussions with the Medical Center for International Diseases (MCID) in Bern and the Geneva 2030 Genomics program.
by Prof Frank Tanser, CERI, University of Stellenbosch, Wednesday 31 May 2023 @12h00, BMRI, Tygerberg Campus, Stellenbosch University or virtually
Professor Tulio visited Bern University in Switzerland and met with the team from the MCID (Multidisciplinary Center for Infectious Diseases). During his visit, they discussed potential collaborations on topics related to pandemic preparedness and emerging infectious diseases. In addition, discussions focused on how to expand genomics to rare diseases and cancer.
Prof. Tulio de Oliveira had the opportunity to visit the Health 2030 Genomics Center in Geneva on the 22 May 2023, where he was able to present some of the research being undertaken at CERI and KRISP.
WHO and partners are launching a global network to help protect people from infectious disease threats through the power of pathogen genomics. The International Pathogen Surveillance Network (IPSN) will provide a platform to connect countries and regions, improving systems for collecting and analyzing samples, using these data to drive public health decision-making, and sharing that information more broadly.
by Prof Tulio de Oliveiea, CERI, University of Stellenbosch & KRISP, UKZN, Wednesday 16 May 2023 17h00-19h00, BMRI, Tygerberg Campus, Stellenbosch University or virtually
Professor Tulio de Oliveira was invited by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director General WHO) and Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu (Director of WHO pandemic Hub) to take a position on the leadership committee of the International Pathogen Surveillance Network (IPSN). Prof de Oliveira will be a panellist on the official launch of IPSN as part of the World Health Assembly on 20 May 2023 in Geneva.
Sophisticated genomic surveillance lab aims to keep one step ahead of outbreaks with effective tests, treatments and vaccines
Welcome to the April/May 2023 edition of our newsletter. April was an incredibly busy and exciting month for CERI and KRISP, centered around the launch of the CLIMADE (Climate Amplified Diseases and Epidemics) consortium and the inauguration of the R1.2 billion Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI) at Stellenbosch University. This events brought together leading experts and stakeholders from all over the world to celebrate this momentous occasion and the state-of-the-art facilities that will enable us to lead the way in genomic research.
The WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence was established in Berlin with the foundational investment of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in September 2021 to support countries, regions, and global actors to avert and manage public health threats more efficiently.
The fellowship is a tailored training opportunity intended to train a pathogen genomics and bioinformatics workforce with expertise to improve outbreak detection and disease surveillance in Africa.
A new coalition, CLIMADE, brings together some of the biggest names in public health to address climate-amplified diseases in Africa and Latin America.
Abbott is joining the Climate Amplified Disease and Epidemics (CLIMADE) consortium, which will use data science to predict, track and control diseases that may be amplified by climate change
A sustainable global commitment to pandemic preparedness is instrumental to maintaining the upper hand and winning the battle.
Regarded as the pride of Africa, the facility has opened its doors to the continent and the world – offering training and fellowships to those in the field of genomics.
Remember when the weather felt more predictable? When seasons felt consistent, even if we complained about it, and things like wildfires, droughts or flooding seemed like rare events?
Many of Africa's higher education institutions were established by colonial governments to meet the labor needs of the time. Now many universities on the continent want to prepare graduates for the modern job market.
The new Biomedical Research Institute on the Tygerberg campus of Stellenbosch University ‘was a 10-year dream costing R1.2-billion’ to address the major health challenges of Africa
Technology is the best weapon against future pandemics, believes renowned scientist Tulio de Oliveira, a professor of bioinformatics at the School for Data Science and Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University, who foresees 'an armed race between humans and pathogens”.
In April, we will commence a series of festivities and activities in the lead-up to the inauguration of the BMRI and CERI new state-of-the-art laboratories. This building is dedicated to understanding the genetic and bio-molecular basis of disease with a decidedly African focus
CAPE TOWN - The most advanced biomedical research centre on the African continent has opened in South Africa, boasting state-of-the-art research and training facilities.
Genomics Symposium - 17 April 2023, TB Symposium - 18 April, Cardiometabolic research symposium - 20 April. Symposiums are free of charge and will be hosted at the new BMRI building at FMHS Tygergerg Campus of Stellenbosch University.
A leading-edge biomedical research facility, the Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI), was officially launched this week. BMRI is the home of CERI new state-of-the-art Genomics Facilities.
The fellows have come from 42 different countries in the global south. We are privileged to provide the opportunity for knowledge transfer to scientists from all walks of life and to allow them to come together and share their experiences with others and to learn how to become world leaders in genomic surveillance.
VEME2023 will be organized in Stellenbosch, South Africa, during August 20–25, 2023. The workshop comprises 6 full days of theoretical lectures, practical sessions and keynote presentations. VEME2023 will accept 150 participants in 4 modules.
Thomas C. Marlovits is a full Professor and Director of the Institute of Structural and Systems Biology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany. He is resenting at CERI on the 27 March 2023 a talk entitled: Design and Function of Molecular Machines in Microbial Pathogenesis,
Time: 12h00 | Wednesday, 22 March 2023, Venue: Room 3073, BMRI, Tygerberg Campus or Online, Presenters: Prof. Graeme Meintjes, University of Cape Town (UCT)
Prof Graeme Meintjes is the Second Chair and Deputy Head of Medicine at the University of Cape Town, and alsoholds the SARChIChair of Poverty-related Infections. He is presenting at CERI on the 22 March 2023 a talk entitled: The ARTIST trial and the expanding role of Tenofovir/Lamivudine/Dolutegravir in ART programmes.
The multi-institutional research would develop new strategies to combat HIV in vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.
New funding has been awarded for the development of HIV-prevention strategies in rural communities of sub-Saharan Africa. The five-year, $2.2 million research grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be used to identify vulnerable groups at high risk of contracting the virus, and design appropriate intervention strategies
I am delighted and honoured to be back in South Africa working at Stellenbosch [University] and with CERI and the Department of Global Health. I love this continent and there is no place in the world I would rather be right now – here is where I feel that I can make the biggest impact, Prof. Frank Tanser.
CNN feature including Prof. Tulio De Oliveira, from CERI at Stellenbosch University and KRISP, UKZN as one of the four most inspiring minds in Africa in 2022. The film also includes Dr. Shiulile Moyo, Prof Tulio de Oliveira’s past PhD student, who co-discovered with Omicron variant.
As part of our special edition of Focus on Africa with guest editor, Professor Thuli Madonsela speak to Professor Tulio de Oliveira – one of the South African scientists who helped identify the Omicron variant. He talks about the discrimination African scientists often face.
From the Amazon jungle to village townships of South Africa, to crowded urban centers in India and finally cutting-edge surveillance sites in Chicago, follow a group of Coalition experts as they race the clock to stay one step ahead of the next viral threat.
NPR is running a series on spillover viruses — that's when animal pathogens jump into people. Researchers used to think spillovers were rare events. Now it is clear they happen all the time. That has changed how scientists look for new deadly viruses. To learn more, we traveled to Guatemala and Bangladesh, to Borneo and South Africa.
Every year, the photo team from Science select the best pictures for Science. Here is some of the other Science collection of 2022’s best, from the edges of outer space to microscopic close-ups, from the genetics of ancient times to the discovery of new species.
NGS can address a broad range of research topics involving genomes exploration in basic, applied, and clinical research. Please see CERI and KRISP services using the largest fleet of DNA sequencers in Africa.
CERI and KRISP have access to the highest technology in the world. It includes automated -80C bio repository for 7 million samples and liquid handling high-throughput equipment feeding the largest fleet of DNA sequencers in the African continent.
After years of constructions & one of the biggest investment in scientific infrastructure in SA (ZAR 1.5 billion), we finally open the largest genomics facility in Africa!
Presenter: Prof Darren Martin, University of Cape Town, Date: Wednesday, 22 February 2023, BMRI, Tygerberg Campus, Stellenbosch University
We invite applications from ambitious post doctoral scientists, to undertake research in a Flagship research programme on epidemics in Africa. Fellows will receive a very well paid fellowship and access to some of the best datasets and facilities in the world.
Time: 12h00 | Wednesday, 25 January 2023,Venue: STIAS, Stellenbosch Campus or virtually,Presenters: Prof James R. Carey, University of California Davis (UC Davis)
CAPE TOWN - Health experts have cautioned South Africans that it is too early to panic over the new COVID-19 Omicron subvariant, dubbed "Kraken".
South Africans, especially the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, are being urged to vaccinate against Covid-19 or get booster shots as a precaution.
Prevalence of a new subvariant of Omicron is increasing, but whether it will cause a big surge in infections or hospitalizations is not clear.
LONDON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Leading scientists advising the World Health Organization said they wanted a "more realistic picture" about the COVID-19 situation from China's top experts at a key meeting on Tuesday as worries grow about the rapid spread of the virus.
We invite applications from three postdoctoral researchers with an interest in developing into professional Research Software Engineers (RSEs). Research Software Engineer (RSE) is an exciting new role for researchers with an interest and aptitude for the computational aspects of research and is of growing importance internationally.
We invite applications from ambitious post doctoral scientists, to undertake research in a Flagship research programme on epidemics in Africa. The fellow will have access to some of the finest longitudinal datasets in Africa and will apply advanced geospatial and molecular epidemiological analytical techniques to identify spatiotemporal hotspots for emerging pathogens, understand the dynamics of transmission networks and directly inform prevention and treatment efforts in Africa.
We invite applications from ambitious post doctoral scientists, to undertake research in a Flagship research programme on epidemics in Africa. The fellow will contribute to further developments in existing modelling techniques that estimate the reproductive potential of mosquito-species and the suitability transmission potential of arboviruses such as dengue and Zika.
We invite applications from ambitious post doctoral scientists, to undertake research in a Flagship research programme on epidemics in Africa. The fellow will develop and apply molecular epidemiology, phylodynamics and phylogeography techniques to describe pathogens of epidemiological concern to Africa.
Welcome to another inspiring edition of the CERI & KRISP Newsletter. This month the global impact of our work is once again in the spotlight. Testament to this are the numerous awards, publications and international recognition that the team continues to receive.
Health experts said the old nomenclature was imprecise, played into racist stereotypes and fueled stigmatization, making it harder to contain the most recent outbreaks.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has praised the work of virologist Sikhulile Moyo and bioinformatics scientist Tulio de Oliveira. The COVID-19 researchers are the 2022 recipients of the German Africa Prize.
Time: 12h00 | Wednesday, 30 November 2022, Venue: STIAS, Stellenbosch Campus or Online, Presenters: Dr Christopher Trisos, directs the Climate Risk Lab for the African Climate and Development Initiative at University of Cape Town.
China's daily COVID-19 cases hit a record high since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the data revealed by the National Health Bureau. The country reported as many as 31,444 domestic cases on Wednesday despite its targeted approach. However, the numbers are relatively small when compared with China's t population of 1.4 billion, AFP reported.
Academic research findings can promote entrepreneurship, innovation, create new jobs, products and services that address all Africa’s citizens needs
The Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral fellow with great potential and ambition to become a leading scientist. The position will work with some of the best genomics and bioinformatics scientists in the world. We aim to identify both pathogen and human genomic variation that are associated with the transmission and virulence of pathogens and the development of diseases.
The GRM provides a platform for any stakeholder who has a grievance or problem that has arisen from their involvement with the project the right and the opportunity to lodge their grievance and discuss it with an eye to resolving it, if possible, to mutual satisfaction. The purpose of standard operating procedure (SOP) is to outline the procedures to be followed in addressing any grievance.
Welcome to another edition of the CERI & KRISP Newsletter. This month we reflect on how much recognition we have received nationally and internationally and reflect about what can be done better and how best to prepare for future threats to global health.
Virologist Dr. Sikhulile Moyo in Botswana and South Africa-based bioinformatics scientist Prof. Tulio de Oliveira have won this year's German Africa prize for their work identifying the COVID-19 variant omicron.
The World Health Summit (WHS 2022) was the first World Health Summit together with WHO. It was attended by over 1000 participants. CERI and KRISP sent a delegation of 5 of our brightest and younger scientists
IRESSEF and UCAD in Senegal organized and hosted a bioinformatics workshop that will included one week of virtual sessions on October 3 - 7, 2022, and one week of in-person sessions in Senegal October 10 - 15, 2022. Dr. Tulio de Oliveira of CERI and Dr. Luiz Alcantara Jr. of FIOCRUZ and their teams assisted in facilitating this training. They are at the forefront of capacity-building efforts in bioinformatics, with experience leading large-scale bioinformatics training programs.
We are delighted to announce that Professor Frank Tanser has joined CERI as Director of Population Health Innovation. Frank is a leading South African scientist whose research aims to evaluate and design intervention strategies to drive back the HIV epidemic and its negative consequences in communities hardest hit by the epidemic.
One highlight of the forum was meeting Barack Obama and Dr. Sonia Vallabh. Both have worked against major adversity to develop health solutions. Dr Vallabh is a scientist working on rapid dementia, a genetic disease that killed her mother, and she is also at risk of developing dementia.
Massive SARS-CoV-2 sequencing project in Africa brings global benefits. Nature coverage of our pan-African manuscript in Science 2022.
Genomic sequencing enables live tracking of the spread of a virus. A Science paper, released on September 15th, 2022, analyzing more than 100,000 genomes, recalls the benefits of local sequencing while studying the spread dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants of interest on the African continent.
The BRICS Network for Genome Surveillance (NGS-BRICS) was established in 2021 and generates and investigates sequence data of viral pathogens of public health importance, such as COVID-19. In the interest of increasing bioinformatics and experimental expertise within BRICS countries. Applications close on 1st of August 2022.
A new scientific survey has found that the majority of Covid-19 variants in Africa were introduced from abroad. East Coast Radio coverage of our pan-African genomics surveillance paper in Science 2022
This month we reflect on how much the world has changed over the last two years. It is still too early to declare the pandemic over, but it is time to begin thinking about what can be done better and how best to prepare for future threats to global health.
Individuals from organizations affiliated with the Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition & Rockefeller Pandemic Prevention Institute will participate in long- and short-term training opportunities at CERI/KRISP.
The last 2 years have made us fully aware of the devastating effects that a global pandemic can have. We appear to be past the worst of it, but it’s too early to say that it’s over. It is not too early, however, to begin thinking about what can be done better when the precursor to the next pandemic comes along.
Bioinformatician and Director of CERI and KRISP, Prof Tulio de Oliveira is profiled in The Lancet. Article written by Udani Samarasekera, 6 August 2022.
Nobody saw SARS-CoV-2 coming. In the early days of the pandemic, researchers were scrambling to collect samples from people who had mysteriously developed fevers, coughs, and breathing problems. Pretty soon, they realized that the disease-causing culprit was a new virus humans hadn’t seen before.
Presenter: Professor Francesco Petruccione, Professor of Quantum Computing, Stellenbosch University, Date: 24 Aug 2022, Locations: STIAS, Stellenbosch or virtually
Public health researchers say the term evokes racist stereotypes, reinforces offensive tropes about Africa and abets stigmatization that can prevent people from seeking care.
This intensive, hands-on workshop will use microbiome data as a backdrop to learn R. The workshop will feature morning & afternoon sessions taught by expert faculty and technical assistants. All participants will acquire fundamental computational skills, bioinformatics best practices, exploratory data analysis, and modeling techniques. Deadline for application - 7 Aug 2022.
Please find CERI’s & KRISP’s newsletter June/July issue of 2022. This month’s edition is a celebration of more awards and recognition of the tireless efforts of our teams towards the global pandemic response; but also a reflection on the future, not only of the evolution of COVID-19 sub-variants and their repercussions, but also the emergence or continuation of other viral threats. Another area of interest is the evolution of Monkey Pox to a global health emergency and what that means for the African continent.
Presenter: Dr.Suzanne McCluskey, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Date: 10 Aug 2022, Locations: KRITH seminar Room (K2), University of KwaZulu-Natal or virtually
The Stellenbosch University has received a grant from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) for Accelerating Genomics-based Surveillance for COVID-19 Response in South Africa (P177439) and intends to apply part of the proceeds to eligible payments for goods and consulting services to be procured under this project.
Stakeholder Engagement includes the process of engaging stakeholders for a clear purpose to achieve agreed outcomes. It is now also recognized as a fundamental accountability mechanism since it obliges an organization to involve stakeholders in identifying and understanding of the specific program/project and responding to issues and concerns raised by the stakeholders for decisions, actions, and hence improving program/project performance.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has since welcomed the decision made by WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, but added that the continent had battled the virus before.
The prestigious 'Oscars' of the science, engineering and technology (SET) world took place on 21 July 2022. This, the 24th celebration of South African science, ingenuity, and innovation, is a shining light at a time when the world needs far more good news. The success stories that define this year’s Awards stand out for many reasons, but perhaps the most powerful is how they all showcase how science can play a significant role in driving sustainable development, improving quality of life, and connecting people and communities.
The first case of Covid-19 attributed to a new antibody-avoiding subvariant, BA.2.75, has been detected in Thailand, but experts do not foresee it causing serious outbreaks, according to the Centre for Medical Genomics.
The latest Omicron sub-variant BA.2.75, first detected in India in June, is not dangerous as "hyped" as it is not surging cases or death rates, according to global health experts.
Presenter: Professor Gerhard Walzl, Stellenbosch University Medical School, Date: 13 Jul 2022, Locations: JN De Villiers Auditorium, Tygerberg Campus or virtually
Variants of the original version of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) first made headlines in December 2020. It was a sign that SARS-CoV-2 is more volatile than initially expected.
The BA.5 sub-variant has immuno-evasive properties that cause reinfection even after vaccination and previous illness
COVID-19’s highly transmissible omicron subvariants B.A.4 and B.A.5 drove South Africa’s fifth wave of infections and might offer clues to future outbreaks, experts say. The new variants spread faster than previous ones and caused a spike in hospitalizations in children under 9.
Please find CERI’s & KRISP’s newsletter June/July issue of 2022. What an eventful and action-packed period it has been! In this issue we feature our recent paper on the real-time tracking of the 2022 Monkeypox outbreak, the renaming of Monkeypox to remove the geographic stigma, and our Nature Medicine publication that identified the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron lineages and how they drove the 5th wave in South Africa.
Presenter: Professor Douglas Pires ,School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Date: 22 June2022, Locations: STIAS, Manor House Library, Wallenberg Centre, Stellenbosch or *VIRTUALLY
Laboratory Technologists (x2) at CERI in Stellenbosch University. The purpose of this position is to provide support to CERI's laboratory by conducting research, next generation sequencing and diagnostic tests to meet project deadlines and within allocated turnaround times.
Offered through CAPRISA DSI and NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) in HIV Prevention The KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), the state of the art UKZN Research Centre has opportunities for Masters and PhD students with great potential and an ambition to pursue a career in research. Successful applicants will become part of a dynamic research team and they will get hands-on experience in the generation and analysis of genomic, epidemiological and clinical data.
Urgent need for a non-discriminatory and non-stigmatizing nomenclature for monkeypox virus. Proposal would avoid references to West African and Congo strains.
Virtual conference on the lessons learned from Africa on the production of over 100,000 genomes of SARS-CoV-2. Participants from CERI, KRISP, ACEGID, NICD, Africa CDC, Pasteur Insitute Dakar.
BY JOHN NKENGASONG. Scientists in Africa have been monitoring and sequencing pathogens since long before the pandemic. The world benefited from this network when scientists including Sikhulile Moyo, laboratory director for the Botswana-Harvard HIV Reference Laboratory, and Tulio de Oliveira, director of South Africa’s Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation, identified and reported the emergence of the Omicron variant last November.
Please find CERI’s & KRISP’s newsletter May/June issue of 2022. In this issue, we feature the recent research describing how we worked with the WHO develop an early warning system for emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants and the opinion piece in The Lancet on why African science should have a central place on the world stage and needs to be recognised and supported. We congratulate Professor Tulio de Oliveira and Dr. Sikhulile Moyo on being listed in the Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2022.
We are seeking to appoint three post-doctoral fellows with great potential and ambition to become leading scientists. These positions will work with some of the best genomics and bioinformatics scientists in the world. We aim to identify both pathogen and human genomic variation that are associated with the transmission and virulence of pathogens and the development of diseases.
Abbott are offering two long-term fellowships of 12 months and 5 short-term fellowships of 2 weeks. The fellowship will cover travel, accommodation, and a daily stipend.
The VEME workshop faculty includes international leading researchers in virus evolution, molecular epidemiology, and bioinformatics. VEME has run for 26 years and it became known as one of the best workshops in the world. This year it will be presented in Panama and applicants from developing countries have priority.
Presenter: Professor Moritz Kraemer, Oxford University, Date: 25 May 2022, Locations: STIAS, Manor House Library, Wallenberg Centre, Stellenbosch or *VIRTUALLY
Presenter: Professor Rob Warren, 11 May 2022, Locations: JN De Villiers Auditorium, Clinical Building, Tygerberg Campus, University of Stellenbosch or *VIRTUALLY
A new modelling study published in the journal Nature is the first of its kind to project how global heating will increase virus swapping between species.
Vaccines and prior infection still prevent severe disease from new SARS-CoV-2 strains. Science, 10 May 2022.
BA.4 and BA.5 can easily break the immunity that was conferred by the earlier Omicron variants such as BA.1 and BA.2, says South African bioinformatics professor Tulio de Oliveira
The subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 may dodge immunity, especially in unvaccinated people, possibly causing a spike in infections worldwide.
Omicron relatives called BA.4 and BA.5 are behind a fresh wave of COVID-19 in South Africa, and could be signs of a more predictable future for SARS-CoV-2.
The spread of two newly discovered subvariants has doctors watching closely. New York Times piece on our work, 4 May 2022.
Please find CERI’s & KRISP’s newsletter. In our April/May issue of 2022, In this issue, we feature the recent research describing the novel BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron lineages in South Africa and the massive collaborative effort that provides insights on the evolving SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Africa. We also highlight the New York Times article on how South Africa’s latest surge is a possible preview of the pandemic’s next chapter. We are also pleased to announce the availability of three Postdoctoral positions at CERI & KRISP and are excited to host Prof Rob Warren and Prof Moritz Kraemer at our upcoming seminar series for May.
In South Africa, a network of researchers are studying whether new lineages BA.4 and BA.5 escape immunity from COVID-19 vaccines and prior infections.
Two new sub-lineages of the Omicron variant have been detected in SA and some other countries. However, KRISP scientists say there is no cause for alarm at this stage. Known as BA.4 and BA.5, the team will continue to track their spread and study their properties. The detection of two new sub-lineages of the Omicron variant in South Africa serves as a reminder that the virus will continue to evolve and change over time.
South African scientists have discovered two new sublineages of the Omicron coronavirus variant, said Tulio de Oliveira, who runs gene-sequencing institutions in the country.
In Covid-19 history, Stellenbosch University (SU) bioinformatician Prof Tulio de Oliveira will be remembered for first detecting the Beta variant of SARS-CoV-2 in late 2020. In November 2021, a few months after moving from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) to SU's School for Data Science and Computational Thinking, he also detected the Omicron variant.
The South African Medical Research Council strongly supports excellence in health research and has established a set of medal awards to recognise world-class science. The Awards are among South Africa’s most prestigious and are dedicated to contributions to health research in South Africa.
Presenter: Prof Valerie Mizrahi, 30 March 2022, Locations: STIAS, Breakaway Room, Wallenberg Centre, University of Stellenbosch or *VIRTUALLY
The University of KwaZulu-Natal has congratulated three members of their community who received the 2022 National Batho Pele Excellence Awards (NBPEA) on Thursday evening.
Higher education is under pressure, but universities have a crucial role to play in helping society ‘build back better’ from Covid-19 and other existential challenges.
As the WHO mulls when to call the Covid pandemic over, attention is turning to the future. Last November, having alerted the world to the new and highly transmissible Omicron variant of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, South Africa-based scientist Tulio de Oliveira saw that country hit with travel bans.
Presenter: Professor Marlo Moller, 9 March 2022, 12:00-1:00pm Locations: JN DE Villiers Auditorium, Clinical Building, Tygerberg Campus, University of Stellenbosch or *VIRTUALLY
In our February/March issue of 2022, we focus on the visit of Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health Dr. Joe Phaahla, Higher Education, Science and Innovation Deputy Minister Buti Manamela, the Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation, Meryame Kitirto to CERI’s new facilities at Stellenbosch University. We also highlight our selection on the Ten Breakthrough Technologies of 2022 by MIT and the Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition program to identify novel pathogens and respond to prevent and /or mitigate the impact of the next pandemic
Join the next African Union and Africa CDC 2022 Lecture and Discussion Series of Omicron and other COVID-19 variants of concern –where are we now?, "A New Public Health Order in the 21st Century ", Tuesday, 1 March 2022 at 3:00 pm EAT.
Concerns that BA.2 may be more severe than the original Omicron variant have been driven by a hamster study, but real-world data suggest the sublineage isn't more virulent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 is helping us spot new variants and figure out how to respond. What else could it help us do?
Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Giandhari and PhD Candidate, Houriiyah Tegally, 23 February 2022, Locations: STIAS, Breakaway Room, Wallenberg Centre, University of Stellenbosch or *VIRTUALLY
‘Reported’ deaths in South Africa have increased substantially in the past week or so – but it’s got nothing to do with the BA.2 variant.
Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) hosted a high-level international delegation, led by the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) director-general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at its Tygerberg campus in Cape Town on Friday.
In this webinar, we will hear about the setting up of sequencing and bioinformatic pipelines for SARS-CoV-2, timeliness of data generated and the overall system coordination to inform public health action, with experiences and lessons learned from Denmark, South Africa and Argentina.
A collaborative partnership will ensure a boost in vaccine production capabilities in low to middle-income countries. WHO boss, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, visited the vaccine research sites in CT and said it was a 'strategic solution' to vaccine inequity.
In our January/February issue of 2022, we focus on the visit of our president Cyril Ramaphosa and minister Dr. Blade Nzimande to CERI’s new facilities at Stellenbosch University. We also highlight two students that graduated with a PhD and a MMedSci Cum Laude at KRISP at UKZN and the new papers and news about Omicron variant.
Presenter: Prof Tulio de Oliveira, Date: 2 February 2022, Locations: JN de Villiers Auditorium, Clinical Building, University of Stellenbosch Tygerberg Campus & K-RITH Tower Building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN.
Congratulations to Ugochukwu (Jacob) Anyaneji. Mr Anyaneji, who has been awarded a Master of Medical Science (MMedSci) Cum Laude at the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences College of Health Sciences, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal in January 2022.
We would like to present to you Dr. Emmanuel James San. Dr. San has been awarded his Ph.D. in Medicine at the College of Health Sciences, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal in January 2022.
We at CERI and KRISP are very used to epidemic and pandemic responses. One of the crucial tools for fast communication of results across the scientific community, media, government, and general population is Twitter. Follow us for real-time updates
A South African woman suffering from inadequately treated HIV, and who harboured Covid-19 for nine months saw the respiratory virus develop at least 21 mutations while in her body, according to a study.
The highly transmissible variant emerged with a host of unusual mutations. Now scientists are trying to work out how it evolved. Nature news piece covering the original Omicron paper and the main theories of how the variant emerged.
County secures funding to hire scientists, build laboratories. Other nations to get training to enhance sequencing capability
President Cyril Ramaphosa, along with the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Blade Nzimande, and the biotech investor of NantAfrica (a division of NantWorks), Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong, visited the Stellenbosch University (SU) Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI) today (19 January 2022) to view the cutting-edge facilities of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI), which will provide the genomic sequencing for the development and evaluation of vaccine therapies in South Africa. CERI is to be officially launched later this year.
In Durban, South Africa, scientists led by Dr. Tulio de Oliveira, director of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) at Stellenbosch University, were conducting routine genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 from different regions when they noticed worrying variations in genomes clustered in Gauteng Province.
An Omicron investigator, a Mars explorer and an AI ethics pioneer are some of the people behind the year’s big research stories. The Nature’s 10 list explores key developments in science this year and some of the people who played important parts in these milestones. Along with their colleagues, these individuals helped to make amazing discoveries and brought attention to crucial issues.
Scientists in a cutting-edge laboratory at CERI and KRISP do part of the work. Local health workers on foot do the rest. Front Page NYTimes Sunday edition paper covering our work.
Little is known about the Omicron variant, which was first detected in Southern Africa, but the nature of its mutations and its seemingly rapid emergence have concerned governments around the world. Interview with Prof. Tulio de Oliveira at the New Yorker.
What do a seaweed farmer from Tanzania, a scientist in South Africa and a Senegalese influencer all have in common? The BBC's Malu Cursino looks back at how Kaije, Tulio de Oliveira and Khaby made their mark in 2021.
Cape Town - In December 2020, South Africa detected the Beta variant and in May 2021 the Delta variant, thanks to robust genomic surveillance. Professor Tulio De Oliveira, a renowned bioinformatician who identified the Beta variant, explains the criticality of genomic sequencing. Professor De Oliveira is the Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) and Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) based in South Africa.
The launch of a new genomics facility, CERI, in South Africa bolsters the continent’s epidemic and pandemic public health response
Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong has partnered with local universities. He has set up the biggest genomics facility in Africa at Stellenbosch University. He also set up centres of excellence at the universities to research cancer, Covid-19, HIV/AIDS and TB.
SA born billionaire and former local physician Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has announced an investment of R3 billion to advance vaccine research.
South African-born biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s NantWorks has agreed to invest in a manufacturing plant and complex in the country’s Western Cape and aims to produce COVID-19 and cancer vaccines.
CERI: Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation to expand pathogen surveillance capability in Africa in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the guest of honour today, Thursday, 23 September 2021, at an announcement by Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of the multinational conglomerate, NantWorks LLC, of an initiative ambitious initiative to build capacity for advanced health care in Africa.
As United States reveals its plan to offer an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccine, equity and scientific questions abound
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University is seeking to appoint two molecular biologists with great potential and ambition to become leading scientists. These two positions will work with some of the best pathogen and bioinformatics genomics program in the world, which is currently focused on the COVID-19 response. These full-time contract positions are offered for a period of up to three years.
KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) at UKZN is seeking to appoint 2 Bioinformaticians with great potential and ambition to become leading scientists. Postdoctoral fellows will support researchers with genomic data management and analysis. These full-time contract positions are offered for a period of 3 years and will be affiliated to the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences in the College of Health Sciences.
The School for Data Science and Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University is seeking to appoint two Bioinformaticians with great potential and ambition to become leading scientists. These two positions will work with some of the best pathogen and bioinformatics genomics program in the world, which is currently focused on the COVID-19 response. These full-time positions are offered for a period of up to three years.
Come work with one of the best pathogen research programs in the world, which is currently focused on the COVID-19 response. Twp positions at KRISP at UKZN & Four at Stellenbosch University.
A senior scientist from the Instituto Nacional de Saude (INS) de Mozambique spent two weeks at KRISP labs at UKZN to receive training generating whole genomes of SARS-CoV-2.
The Africa Union and Africa CDC, in partnership with KRISP, H3AbioNet, ACEGID and SANBI have started a Webinar series to capacitate African researchers on the generation and analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomic data in Africa.
The Africa Union and Africa CDC, in partnership with KRISP, H3AbioNet, ACEGID and SANBI have started a Webinar series to capacitate African researchers on the generation and analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomic data in Africa.
As the world less affluent countries scramble for COVID-19 vaccine and contend with deadly surges of the disease, researchers in South Africa have just documented an ominous development: the collision of the pandemic with HIV/AIDS.
The Africa Union and Africa CDC, in partnership with KRISP, H3AbioNet, ACEGID and SANBI present a webinar series to capacitate African researchers on the generation and analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomic data. Webinar: How to make publication-ready professional-looking figures Part II.
From Alpha to Omega, the labelling system aims to avoid confusion and stigmatization. To quell such confusion and avoid geographical stigmas, everyone should now just call it Beta according to a naming scheme announced on 31 May by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva and described in a forthcoming article in Nature Microbiology.
What is better than music to simplify and spread the facts on a pandemic clouded by so much misinformation? Watch a video series between musicians and scientists aimed at decrease vaccine hesitancy.
The Africa Union and Africa CDC, in partnership with KRISP, H3AbioNet, ACEGID and SANBI present a webinar series to capacitate African researchers on the generation and analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomic data. Webinar: NGS genome assembly and quality control.
The Africa Union and Africa CDC, in partnership with KRISP, H3AbioNet, ACEGID and SANBI present a webinar series to capacitate African researchers on the generation and analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomic data. Webinar: Ancestral state reconstruction and import/export analysis of viral lineages.
The Africa Union and Africa CDC, in partnership with KRISP, H3AbioNet, ACEGID and SANBI present a webinar series to capacitate African researchers on the generation and analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomic data. Webinar: How to make publication-ready professional-looking figures Part I.
While richer places, such as the U.S., hope to vaccinate most of their citizens within months, poorer countries, like Kenya, expect to reach just small fractions of their populations in that time.
Some people mount an immune response able to fend off a menagerie of coronavirus variants. Nature news covering four of our recent papers on the variant, neutralisation of plasma and Vaccines (Novavax and Astrazeneca)
New research from South Africa’s genomic surveillance network shows that people infected with the 501Y.V2 variant are also immune to other forms of the virus. The team found the protection against the 501Y.V2 variant could also extend to the original virus circulating the country and the variant first identified in Brazil.
Tracking the coronavirus’s evolution, letter by letter, is revolutionizing pandemic science.In the beginning, there was one. The first genome for the virus causing a mysterious illness we had not yet named COVID-19 was shared by scientists on January 10, 2020. That single genome alerted the world to the danger of a novel coronavirus.
The 501Y.V2 variant reportedly produces a high number of antibodies, providing protection against infection by other variants. The findings in laboratory studies offer hope that COVID-19 vaccines based on the 501Y.V2 variant first identified late last year could protect against multiple variants circulating in different parts of the world
B.1.351 may sound sweet to a molecular epidemiologist, but what is the alternative, other than stigmatizing geographical names? News piece at NY Times highlighting our work with WHO on a new nomenclature system for COVID-19 variants
A new SARS-CoV-2 variant, which has dominated Covid-19 infections in Uganda and Rwanda, has been detected in South Africa. The announcement was made by Professor Tulio de Oliveira, director of the KRISP lab. However, de Oliveira told Health24 that is not a variant of concern, and that genome surveillance will monitor this and other variants
A variant of concern first identified in Brazil has now been found in the UK. Public health officials are investigating the six cases and are deploying more testing to see if it has spread to more people. Some variants, like this one, appear to be more contagious and there are concerns vaccines may not work quite so well against them.
Scientists worldwide have been closely monitoring the emergence of coronavirus variants. Although there are a large number of variants, some of them have turned out to be more alarming. Professor Tulio de Oliveira provided an update on the spread of three of these, and said that two more have been placed on the WHO's watchlist.
South Africa’s pause of its rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in response to concern about a local coronavirus variant sparked global debate —and shone a spotlight on how the country’s science has become vital to understanding where the pandemic may go next.
As potentially more dangerous variants of Covid-19 spread, scientists are taking a crack at giving them clearer names that’ll help in the fight. Another very interesting piece of The Wired magazine one SARS-CoV-2 variants' names
Across the globe, SARS-CoV-2 is evolving ways to evade the immune system and become more infectious. Blown pandemic response plans are to blame. Really interesting but funny piece at The Wired magazine.
Evidence that a variant of the coronavirus identified in South Africa might compromise immunity sparks concerns about vaccine effectiveness.
Phylogenetic identification of variants 501Y.V1, 501Y.V2, 501Y.V3 (B.1.1.7, B.1.351, P.1 / Nextstrain 20I, 20H, 20J). Tool also determines nucleotide (NT), amino acids (AA) and codon (CDS) mutations. The mutations list are provided in html and excel formats.
Efforts to track SARS-CoV-2 sequences have helped identify worrying variants - but researchers are blind to emerging mutations in some regions.
As more lineages emerge, researchers are struggling with a patchwork of nomenclature.
A South African tip led to the discovery of mutations around the world. With infections skyrocketing, 'it's a race against time.'. Doctors and nurses at a South African hospital group noticed an odd spike in the number of Covid-19 patients in their wards in late October...
One year later and the new coronavirus is still posing new questions for researchers. The recent emergence of new COVID-19 variants across the world has left scientists searching for answers once again as they try to understand what these changes mean for the pandemic - and vaccine roll-outs. As South Africa awaits the arrival of its first shipment of COVID vaccines there are growing concerns about a new coronavirus variant - known as 501Y.V2 - circulating in the country, and what the changes in the virus could mean for how well the jabs work.
Experts worldwide are urgently studying three coronavirus variants to understand what risks they pose. One variant first identified in the UK, one in South Africa, and one in Japan are probably more contagious than the original strain. They have caused cases to surge and the three nations to lock down. Here are nine key questions about the variants, answered.
Researchers race to determine why lineages identified in Britain and South Africa spread so quickly and whether they'll compromise vaccines.
KRISP believes that open and independent scientific information is represented by good journalism that determines its value to the society it serves. Read news at KRISP COVID-19 Scientific News Coverage.
Countries that conduct a lot of genetic sequencing are more likely to find new strains, say experts
A variant identified in Japan in arrivals from Brazil shares 'concerning' characteristics with mutations detected in the UK and South Africa
Researchers warn that the new variant may spread faster and could reduce the efficacy of vaccines
The coronavirus has evolved as it has made its way across the world, as any virus is expected to do. But experts have been startled by the pace at which significant new variants have emerged.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A variant of the coronavirus first detected in South Africa is unlikely to completely negate the immunising effects of vaccines, a researcher studying it told Reuters.
Mutation reduces ability of antibodies to bind to virus and could make some shots less effective.
The variant is up to 70 percent more transmissible than earlier versions, officials said. People in southeast England, including London, were told to stay at home.
Scientists are scrambling to better understand effects of a series of worrisome mutations from in the U.K. and South Africa variants.
'Si nous permettons au virus de continuer à circuler librement, nous lui donnons une grande marge de manœuvre pour mieux s'adapter à la transmission chez l'homme', déclare Tulio de Oliveira, le Brésilien à l'origine de la découverte d'une nouvelle mutation "plus transmissible" du coronavirus qui suscite des inquiétudes dans le monde entier.
President Cyril Ramaphosa expected to announce new restrictions in attempt to slow the surge
Tulio de Oliveira, o brasileiro por trás da descoberta de uma nova mutação "mais transmissível" do coronavírus que vem causando preocupação ao redor do mundo, diz à BBC News Brasil que "se o vírus continuar circulando livremente, o risco dele se adaptar melhor aumenta".
Research still to confirm threat posed but variant does not appear to provoke more serious symptoms
In June, Ravindra Gupta, a virologist at the University of Cambridge, heard about a cancer patient who had come into a local hospital the month before with COVID-19 and was still shedding virus. The patient was being treated for a lymphoma that had relapsed and had been given rituximab, a drug that depletes antibody-producing B cells. That made it hard for him to shake the infection with SARS-CoV-2.
The new variant of SARS-CoV-2 detected in SA has left scientists working round the clock to unravel its mysteries, the health department said on December 19 2020. The department of health issued a lengthy list of questions and answers on Saturday after announcing that the virus that causes Covid-19 has evolved into a new variant.
Durban, 3 December 2020. The KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), University of KwaZulu-Natal has produced over 1000 HIV-1 genomes in record time in South Africa, a significant scientific endeavor to understand how drug resistance has developed to a new and potent antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.
Prof Carl Heneghan & Tom Jefferson write at the Spectator about nosocomial infection in the U.K. In this article they mention our genomics and outbreak response (Lessells, Moosa & de Oliveira 2020) work on a large hospital outbreak in South Africa.
The KZN Covid-19 Research Consortium invites researchers, scientists, and clinicians to submit an abstract for its upcoming virtual conference. Abstracts should relate to KZN-specific Covid-19 research findings and/or experiences and practice. An example of experience/practice may include experiences of working in hospital or clinic settings; or what the challenges were in clinical research conduct.
Published in a recent medRxiv* paper, researchers from South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Brazil found that these mutations in SARS-CoV-2 lineages are localized to South Africa. These unique strains, not found elsewhere in the world, are thought to have contributed around 42% to the country's total infection rate.
Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of KRISP, UKZN, eThekwini, Stanford and SPARK Global faculty and commercial and industry experts. Based on the compiled rankings, finalists will be invited to present an oral pitch to the review panel in early December, 2020. Approximately 3-5 proposals selected for awards (number dependent on available funding) will be notified before the end of December, 2020.
WHAT: Weekly interaction with members of the media to share critical updates on steps taken to implement key aspects of the joint continental strategy for COVID-19 response; and to also highlight the coordinated efforts by African Union Member States to combat the pandemic in their respective countries.
The Africa Union and Africa CDC, in partnership with KRISP, H3AbioNet, ACEGID and SANBI present a webinar series to capacitate African researchers on the generation and analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomic data. Webinar: Main Routes of Entry and Genomic Diversity of SARS-CoV-2 in Uganda .
The use of genomics to support the response to COVID-19 and containment of the virus in Africa is currently low. To address this suboptimal use of genomics, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Institute of Pathogen Genomics, in consultation with the Africa CDC led African Task Force for Coronavirus Preparedness and Response (AFTCOR) laboratory technical working group.
Ahead of the emergence of the SARS-CoV -2 outbreak in South Africa KRISP started preparing for it. KRISP really rose to the occasion in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. In the process, KRISP trained 1000s of health care workers, produced genomic protocols & capacitated dozens of laboratories in Africa to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
The Africa Union and Africa CDC, in partnership with KRISP, H3AbioNet, ACEGID and SANBI present a webinar series to capacitate African researchers on the generation and analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomic data. Webinar: SARS-CoV-2 whole genome sequencing and quality control .
The Africa Union and Africa CDC, in partnership with KRISP, H3AbioNet, ACEGID and SANBI present a webinar series to capacitate African researchers on the generation and analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomic data. Webinar: Public Health Alliance for Genomic Epidemiology (PHA4GE): Strengthening Bioinformatics in Public Health .
South Africa witnessed some 17000 extra deaths from natural causes or 59% more than would normally be expected between early May and mid-July, scientists said, suggesting many more people are dying of Covid-19 than shown in official figures.
There have been 17090 more deaths in the country than there were in previous years during the same period. But the official number of Covid-19 deaths is about 6000. There is a significant departure from the historical trends, even under these abnormal circumstances.
The Africa Union and AfricaCDC, in partnership with SANBI, KRISP, H3AbioNet and the Africa Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases have started a weekly Webinar series to capacitate African researchers on the generation and analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomic data in Africa.
The official number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in South Africa doesn't reflect the true scale of the crisis, with provinces that have been hit hardest by the outbreak showing a surge in fatalities, health experts say.
The official number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in South Africa doesn't reflect the true scale of the crisis, with provinces that have been hit hardest by the outbreak showing a surge in fatalities, health experts say.
South Africa has joined the United States, Brazil, India, and Russia as the countries with the most recorded COVID-19 cases. On Saturday, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced the country has 350,879 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
CAPE TOWN - Genome sequencing, by colleagues at Stellenbosch University and the Network for Genomic Surveillance, was used to trace most of the very first COVID-19 cases reported in the Western Cape back to Europe.
There were multiple — possibly hundreds — of introductions of the novel coronavirus virus to Cape Town from foreign travellers and return citizens, scientists found.
Durban - The newly launched Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Consortium for Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial by the AU Commission is a glimmer of hope as the first vaccine trial gets under way in South Africa.
The Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) presents a molecular epidemiological study of the first twenty-one SARS-CoV-2 whole genomes sampled in the first port of entry, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), during the first month of the epidemic.
This report focuses on the first SARS-CoV-2 388 genomes from Africa. These genomes were accessed from GISAID and analysed against a backdrop of reference sequences. By comparing our viral genomes against others, we can infer how and when SARS-CoV-2 was introduced into Africa and how it has spread within the continent.
KRISP is a founding member of the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa. A network of laboratories, scientists and academic institutions that have joined forces to ensure the public health responses to COVID-19 in South Africa have access to the best possible scientific data.
Nick Hammer chats to Prof Tulio De Oliveira, Dr. Richard Lessells and Prof Yunus Moosa about the trial on the UK of Dexamethasone for COVID-19.
Experts weigh in on how to avoid inaccurate results during Covid-19 testing. Distance, hair and sweat can all affect the reading of the temperature scans you've been experiencing at work, shopping malls and schools.
With Covid-19 now growing by leaps and bounds in South Africa, a Mail & Guardian survey has spotlighted the nationwide shortage of staff, equipment and facilities needed to cope with the infected people who are set to flood the healthcare system when the outbreak hits its peak.
Results of a study conducted in the United Kingdom have been hailed as a game-changer in the fight against COVID-19. A University of Oxford study has shown that the drug, dexamethasone, has been proven to reduce one in eight deaths in critically ill patients on ventilators.
L'Afrique apporte sa pierre à la science (9). Cinq cents personnes du Cap, foyer de l'épidémie de coronavirus en Afrique du Sud, participent à une étude en double aveugle sur le vaccin contre la tuberculose.
On 9 March, a patient who had recently traveled to Europe and had symptoms of COVID-19 visited the emergency department of St. Augustine's, a private hospital in Durban, South Africa. Eight weeks later, 39 patients and 80 staff linked to the hospital had been infected, and 15 patients had died—fully half the death toll in KwaZulu-Natal province at that time.
L'Afrique apporte sa pierre à la science (3). Dans une étude saluée par la revue « Science », le laboratoire Krisp établit avec une rare finesse la chaîne de contamination dans un hôpital de Durban.
An investigation into the first major outbreak of Covid-19, at a Durban hospital, shows that staff members spread the virus, raising concerns about the safety of healthcare workers as infections rise.
South Africa leads this continent in many ways. Right now, it is poised to lead Africa into the next, most dangerous phase of the pandemic, as the country braces itself for a dramatic rise in infections that will almost certainly overwhelm its relatively well-resourced healthcare system.
The report outlines in detail how SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, spread through Netcare's 149-bed facility in Durban. This piece in Bhekisisa also contains simple take-away messages and recommendations on how to protect health care workers and hospitals from COVID-19. Download the full investigative report here.
The South African Obstetric Surveillance System Consortium in partnership with the SA MRC Maternal and Infant Health Strategies Unit and KRISP/UKZN invites clinicians from South African obstetric institutions to participate in this national study.
Durban, South Africa, March 9. A man goes to the emergency room of the San Agustín hospital. He coughs, his head hurts. They admit him and share a stay with a woman who has had a heart attack. That man has just come from Europe, the lady lives in a nursing home.
South Africa's lockdown seems to have stopped the winter influenza outbreak in its tracks. School closures and travel bans are likely to have prevented seasonal flu from taking hold. A mild flu season will help in the fight against Covid-19, but lifting lockdown could result in flu resurging.
A new investigative report details the rapid spread of coronavirus disease in St Augustine's Hospital in Durban, and how it could have been prevented. The study, which Bhekisisa has seen, was conducted by researchers at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's (UKZN) Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine and the KwaZulu?Natal Research Innovation & Sequencing Platform, KRISP.
As schools get ready to reopen, models suggest the country will still not have enough ICU beds at the virus peak. In the meantime, court battles rage while unions fight to keep miners safe.
This report presents the findings and recommendations of an investigation into a nosocomial outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at St. Augustine's Hospital in Durban, South Africa. The investigation began on 4 April after the identification of a number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and three deaths at the hospital. Investigation methods included medical record reviews, ward visits, and interviews with health care workers and management. A detailed timeline of patient cases was constructed to generate hypotheses as to the spread of infection through the hospital. In addition, DNA sequencing of severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) nucleic acid extracted from nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab samples was performed and phylogenetic analysis was conducted.
The report by a University of KwaZulu-Natal-led research team was made public on Wednesday following an investigation at the facility. A new report shows that 14% of all COVID-19 cases in KwaZulu-Natal can be traced to the coronavirus outbreak at Netcare's St Augustine's Hospital in Durban
A newly released investigation report revealed there were a total of 15 patient deaths and 119 confirmed Coronavirus cases at the Netcare St Augustine Hospital.
An investigation has found there were 119 confirmed cases of coronavirus identified at Durban's St Augustine's Hospital by the end of last month. The probe into the COVID-19 outbreak at the hospital was led by a team at UKZN.
Durban - An investigation into the Covid-19 outbreak at Durban's St. Augustine's Hospital has found the cluster outbreak was as a result of patient to patient transfer after both were admitted to the hospital around the same time.
The Covid-19 outbreak at St Augustine's Hospital in Durban which forced health authorities to close it down, resulted in 119 people testing positive and 15 patient deaths.
The outbreak of coronavirus disease at the Netcare St. Augustine's Hospital in Durban, that led to the infection of at least 135 patients and staff in the hospital complex and people in a nursing home, was caused by a single patient admitted to the facility's emergency department early in March, a new report has found. The virus spread so fast in the hospital that infections caused by the outbreak in the hospital constituted almost 14% of Covid-19 cases in KwaZulu-Natal by the end of April.
Durban - The Netcare group has welcomed the findings of a report which investigated the outbreak of Covid-19 at the St Augustine's Hospital. On Wednesday, the investigative report was released and showed that between March 9 and April 30, there were 119 people – among them 39 patients and 80 staff members – who had confirmed cases identified at the hospital. Fifteen of the 39 patients died.
An investigation has found there were 119 confirmed cases of coronavirus at Durban's St Augustine's Hospital by the end of last month. The probe into the Covid-19 outbreak at the hospital was led by a team at University of KwaZuu-Natal.
The coronavirus spread rapidly through Netcare St. Augustine's Hospital and beyond and made up 14% of KwaZulu-Natal's infections by the end of April. The study, seen by Bhekisisa, was conducted by researchers at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's (UKZN) Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine and the KwaZulu?Natal Research Innovation & Sequencing Platform, Krisp.
The investigation found that between 9 March and 30 April 2020, there were 119 confirmed cases identified at St. Augustine's Hospital (39 patients and 80 staff). Fifteen of the 39 patients died (case fatality rate 38.5%). The most plausible explanation for the outbreak is that there was a single introduction of the severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)
As President Cyril Ramaphosa eases restrictions on one of the most stringent lockdowns in the world, the number of Covid-19 daily infections has continued to rise. Up to 700 people a day tested positive this week.
Clusters of infections contribute to surge in the Western Cape. Contrary to projections, Gauteng has seen slow rise in numbers. By Pauline Bax and Prinesha Naidoo, Bloomberg.
Since Lockdown began on the evening of 26 March 2020, South Africa is yet to see the flattening of the Curve. Professor Tulio de Oliveira has argued that the value of lockdown cannot be underestimated.
Nick Hammer chats to Prof Tulio De Oliveira about how the government's interventions, including the travel ban and lockdown, potentially averted the death of at least 20 000 people.
Professor Tulio de Oliveira is the director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) at UKZN. He joins us for another Covid-19 information session.
Comparative trajectory analysis from the day of 100th infection shows SA on 11,000 cases, while UK at that point on 161,000
The coronavirus outbreak in South Africa has hit hardest in the Western Cape, home to the city of Cape Town.
As the nation debates about whether lockdown restrictions must be eased, Professor Tulio de Oliveira argues that its value cannot be underestimated.
Government interventions, including the travel ban and lockdown, have potentially averted at least 20 000 deaths, says a top scientist
UKZN's Professor Tulio de Oliveira is a bioinformatician from the KwaZulu-Natal's Research, Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) faculty - and he spoke to us this morning.
In our April/May issue of 2020, We have worked very hard to produce and analyse COVID-19 data in real time. We have also sequenced many SARS-CoV-2 genomes in South Africa that showed how the virus was introduced in the country. We also worked with the media to help to translate scientific results to the general public. KRISP believes that open and independent scientific information is represented by good journalism that determines its value to the society it serves.
KwaZulu Natal's Research, Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) and the Big Data Flagship Program of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has a multi-disciplinary team of world-renowned experts which mainly focuses on analysis and control of viral outbreaks and genomic analysis.
Cape Town - Confirmed Covid-19 infections in South Africa have risen to 5 951, with 13 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Friday. This is an increase of 304 confirmed cases on Thursday's figures.
The Covid-19 infection rate could jump from 5% to 10% per day as South Africa emerges from a five-week hard lockdown from Friday. Scientists are expecting a "rapid rise" in infections ahead of the disease hitting its peak in summer.
As South Africa edges towards the end of the so-called hard lockdown, and with an expected spike in Covid-19 cases around the corner, just 27 Covid-19 patients are on ventilator support in hospital, seemingly in line with government's projections. Sarah Evans from News24 highlights our Big Data COVID-19 analysis of in South Africa.
Many deaths are still likely to hapen because of the coronavirus, but a promising vaccine against Covid-19, developed by the University of Oxford, started human trials this week. UKZN scientists warn many deaths still likely before virus is conquered
Scientific research on Covid-19 has been published at an unprecedented scale and speed, but some fear that this is at the cost of scientific rigour. Adele Baleta explores the pros and cons of high-speed science. By Adele Baleta for Spotlight, Daily Maverick and News24, 24 April 2020
The use of data science has become a critical 'gold rush' as research scientists across the globe partner on scientific breakthroughs, to better understand the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and recommend strategies to help address its complexities
Durban - A team of world renowned scientists based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal has launched a fundraising campaign to support the analysis of Covid-19 data - which could provide vital research and insight on the spread of the virus across both South Africa and globally as the world battles to contain the devastating pandemic.
They have produced five of the six COVID-19 viral genomes in the country, which clearly showed how the virus was introduced into South Africa. KwaZulu Natal's Research, Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) and the Big Data Flagship Programme of UKZN collaborate in a fund raising campaign.
Scientists at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) have launched a fundraising campaign to finance independent research into the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa. Donors will qualify for Section 18A tax certificates, issued by the UKZN Foundation.
The countries which have had some of the best responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore and South Korea, have closely followed scientific advice. Our government has already used our results to show that South Africa is flattening the curve. We need your support to ensure that we can keep producing high-level scientific information to guide our national response.
KRISP has partnered with the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Big Data Analysis at UKZN, Prof. Francesco Petruccione to put together a team with more than 20 researchers, including computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, bioinformaticians, infectious diseases clinicians, theoretical physicists and quantum computing scientists to analyze the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa.
Watch the full videos of the Big Data, Genomics and Clinical Medicine presentations of COVID-19 by experts. Full videos of Prof. Salim Abdool Karim, Prof. Tulio de Oliveira and Dr. Richard Lessells in April 2020. Data@breakfast organised by Prof. Francesco Petruccione of UKZN Big Data Flagship program.
The extended five-week national lockdown has postponed South Africa's worst-case Covid-19 scenario to September, a government projection shows. March was arguably the busiest month for President Cyril Ramaphosa in his tenure as head of state. Every other day, the President is putting out fires.
A UKZN seminar series has been moved online in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic. IT was a logical step for UKZN Pro Vice-Chancellor for Big Data and Informatics, Professor Francesco Petruccione, to turn to the online world to continue with his monthly data@breakfast seminar series in a time of national Covid-19 lockdown.
Lessons learned in Eshowe, South Africa, one of the areas worst hit by the HIV pandemic, are being used against coronavirus. Jason Burke in Eshowe writes to The Guardian about KRISP and UKZN work.
Durban - Conflicting information and misinformation about whether to wear a mask or not during the Covid-19 pandemic has left many people confused.The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended people not wear a mask unless they are sick with Covid-19 or caring for someone who has the virus.
Durban - ONLY polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are being used to test for the coronavirus in South Africa, which can detect infection before patients become symptomatic, and not rapid serological tests, which are not recommended by experts for public use.
A young single mother has started her own business making masks, which she distributes in rural areas. Currently there's a huge debate on the subject of a face mask's efficiency, with the World Health Organisation saying there is no evidence to suggest it curbs the spread. However, some experts believe it does indeed work, as studies into other coronaviruses proved masks can reduce the risk.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday night, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said, We will only fight coronavirus with facts and evidence-based strategies, not fake news. Mail and Guardian news, 2 April, 2020.
South Africa stands at a crossroads in the fight against the new coronavirus — and winning the battle will hinge on the decisions we make now about how quickly and how broadly we begin to test for the virus. In a grim news cycle, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize's announcement yesterday that the country is evaluating rapid tests for the new coronavirus is something to celebrate. Bhekisisa opinion piece by Dr. Richard Lessells and Prof. Mosa Moshabela.
Durban - An infectious disease specialist says that although the world is much more prepared to deal with a pandemic than in previous years, African countries are still unable able to respond adequately to a respiratory virus like Covid-19.
South Africa's strategy to defeat Covid-19 is to lock down the country and scale-up testing to quickly identify people who may have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Health journalism by Adele Baleta for Spotlight 31 March 2020.
Südafrika hat die meisten Corona-Fälle in Afrika. Auch wenn die Zahlen denen in Europa noch hinterherhängen, warnen Experten vor einer rasanten Ausbreitung des Virus. Von Julia Jaki, Kapstadt, 27. März 2020
There is much we do not understand about the virus and how it will affect our bodies, especially after Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said that 60% to 70 % of people could be infected by Covid-19. The Mail & Guardian asked different experts — including disease specialist Dr Richard Lessells, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) — for information about this coronavirus.
Together with the Big Data group of UKZN, we started a daily update of the data on COVID-19 in South Africa and a weekly update on cases, deaths and genomic data in Africa. All of the scripts for generation of the data is deposited open in repositories as all any data developed by our team.
Three thousand people have died in Italy as a result of Covid-19, with more than 35000 infected. Three weeks ago, the country passed the 150 mark for infected people. It took three weeks to get to that number. In South Africa, we passed the 150 mark on Thursday, two weeks after the first local positive test. Mail and Guardian, 19 March 2020.
The University of KwaZulu Natal's Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) boasts state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and scientific expertise and capacity not commonly found in Africa. This places our multidisciplinary team in the ideal position of being able to play a critical role in supporting the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team has placed all current research activities and services on hold to focus full-time on helping with this outbreak. Please help to fund it by donating to our activities here.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases can run hundreds of tests at the same time but ultimately the number of tests South Africa will be able to carry out for the new coronavirus depends on the machines, people and testing supplies available.
To bolster these efforts, the university has created an email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and the hashtag: #ukzncovid19 that staff and students can make enquiries to. The university is in the process of creating a hotline, which will aid in communicating with its stakeholders about the virus.
KRISP flew two international specialists from Thermo Fisher Scientific to start our new CRISPR-Cas9 laboratory! We also received advanced training on genetic and epigenetic editing techniques in our own lab. KRISP has now all of the equipment to growth, edit and analyse cell lines. The lab is available for scientific service and it is a major development that will help to keep Africa at the cutting-edge of science.
KRISP has an exhibition space at the Innovation Festival, Durban, 5-7 march 2020. We will also be participating in the Cities of the Future discussion session, where we will present BioDurban vision to make Durban the Biotech capital of Africa. Please come visit us and learn more about Biotech, Innovation, Genomics, Epigenetics, Bioinformatics, Precision Medicine and DNA testing...
We developed an rapid bioinformatics tool for the identification and characterization of novel coronavirus genomes. The tool was released in January 2020 and published in Bioinformatics in February 2020 as an open access tool to help to characterise genomes of COVID-19 viruses.
In our February/March issue of 2020, we highlight our work on the current coronavirus outbreak. We published a software application for rapid identification and characterization of novel coronavirus genomes. Our quick response was lauded by the national and international media. In this issue, we also cover the award from UKZN vice-chancellor to Dr. Veron Ramsuran, launched a CRISPR-Cas9 laboratory and organized talks, exhibitions and training workshops.
Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH), KRISP and Genetic Alliance SA joins nearly 200 national and global organizations in observing the sixth annual World Birth Defects Day (WBBD) on March 3, 2020. Launched in 2015, the WBBD movement aims to raise awareness around the serious global issue of birth defects and to urge improved surveillance, research, prevention, and care for affected individuals and families.
Learn UNIX/Linux from our experienced KRISP bioinformaticians. This 2-day course will teach you the basic UNIX/Linux commands that you will need to manage data. This is the first of five bioinformatics courses that KRISP is presenting in 2020.
KRISP was in the front and second page of Saturday Independent newspaper, including an article on how a reporter from nature has followed our hard work to produce and release the Genome Detective Coronavirus Tool in January 2020.
High-impact researchers at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Dr Veron Ramsuran and honorary senior lecturer, Dr Lenine Liebenberg, have been selected as African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Fellows.
Durban - University of KwaZulu-Natal's (UKZN's) high impact researcher, Dr Veron Ramsuran, was awarded the prestigious UKZN Vice-Chancellor's annual award. This award is the most prestigious award given at UKZN.
As news of the deadly Coronavirus spreads across the globe, a Durban man, teaching English in Hangzhou, describes the eerie streets of a city on lockdown and researchers at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) prepare for the potential of a Coronavirus outbreak in Durban.
The huge amount of knowledge gathered in six short weeks on the coronavirus outbreak (Covid19 or SarsCoV2) was a first for the global scientific community. That was the opinion of University of KwaZulu-Natal Professor Tulio De Oliveira from the KZN Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) at a public talk attended by 120 people at the Nelson Mandela Medical School, 15 feb 2020.
KRISP Talks by Prof. Tulio de Oliveira (KRISP UKZN & CAPRISA), Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Outbreak: Genomics & Epidemiology. This page summaries resources for coronavirus COVID-19 in KZN and South Africa and internationally. It also present our work on the creation of a genomics and bioinformatics pipeline for fast and accurate analysis of coronavirus genomes. KRISP is bases at K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa.
This month, we launch our bioinformatics training program for 2020 and highlight as one of our key researchers become affiliate to the African Academy of Science. We also join the international community to fight the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) pandemic, published a key paper on understanding HIV transmission hotspots and renewed our partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific to provide very affordable sequencing in Africa
KRISP expanded its genomics service offers. Our DNA sequencing services incorporate internal quality control (IQC), external quality assurance (EQA) and procedures are validated and performed by HPCSA-accredited scientists. Here you can access a detailed brochure of the genomics services we provide in Africa.
KRISP at UKZN partner with Stanford University on a global innovation program: SPARK GLOBAL: Translational Scientists without borders. As part of this program we run a monthly meeting (first Wednesday of EVERY MONTH) to discuss innovation, select and mentor start-ups that can produce translational research.
New research from the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) in collaboration with KRISP shows a 43% decrease in the rate of new HIV infections between 2012 and 2017 in the Hlabisa area of northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa.
Lifeblood, an exhibition of photographs by Mr Samora Chapman at the Community Art Gallery in Durban. Curated by UKZN Professor and Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) Tulio de Oliveira, it aimed to highlight the diversity of humans, plants and animals in South Africa.
This month, we report on a Nature Communications paper with AHRI that report a 43% decline in the overall HIV incidence rate in northern KZN. We also hosted a leading conservation genomics scientist and organized many talks and events. We went to Drakensberg for our strategic meeting, released the KRISP Wellness program and even went to Hamburg, Germany, to compete in the finals of the Upgrade my NGS Competition.
This month, we focus on a key Nature Communications paper that report a 43% decline in the overall HIV incidence rate in northern KZN. We also hosted a leading conservation genomics scientist and organized many talks and events. We went to Drakensberg for our strategic meeting, released the KRISP Wellness program and even went to Hamburg, Germany, to compete in the finals of the Upgrade my NGS Competition.
Prof. Frandsen, who published a paper in Science on conservation genomics in Nov 2019, has worked with KRISP & Genomics Africa to identify DNA sequencing services that we offer the conservation community in Africa.
In today's world, health and wellness are critical components of a productive work environment and a happy workforce. To often, these topics are misunderstood or ignored in an organisation's drive for results and profit. Health and wellness can also not be viewed in isolation of each other, as each feeds into and supports the other. Health is a state of body, and wellness is a state of being
At the end of November, the KRISP team traded their lab coats and laptops for hiking boots and hats, as they travelled up to the Sani Pass Premier Resort for a three-day strategy session
UKZN African Health Flagship Talks by Dr. Richard Lessells (KRISP UKZN & CAPRISA), Can we stop worrying about HIV drug resistance with the roll-out of dolutegravir? Tuesday, 26 Nov 2019 (12:00pm - 1:00pm), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
KRISP at UKZN challenges the status quo to create a scientific environment in South Africa that delivers high level science, creates innovations and reverses the brain drain. This vision is starting to pay off, and we are happy to say that in just three years, we published > 15 papers in Nature, Science and Lancet journals, which are some of the most respected scientific journals in the word.
UKZN African Health Flagship and KRISP Talks by Dr. Benjamin Chimukangara (Phd Graduation Talk, Post-Fellow at KRISP, UKZN) - Increasing levels of HIV pretreatment drug resistance in South Africa. Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
KRISP is running a Sanger Sequencing promotion to celebrate the launch of two new Sanger Sequencers (ABI 3730xl and 3500). Unbelievable prices for 2020. Capillary electrophoresis only – R 25 (per sample well). Sequencing of PCR purified amplicons – R 45 (per primer). Sequencing of PCR unpurified amplicons – R 75 (per primer).
We have been invited to give a keynote speech in the International Virus Bioinformatics Meeting (IVBM) 2020, Bern, Switzerland. IVBM 2020 is jointly organized by the European Virus Bioinformatics Center, the University of Bern and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.
This month, we focus on the art & science output of KRISP. This month we published many manuscripts including a key papers with CAPRISA that show a significant decline in HIV incidence in young women in KZN. We also participated in a large study that track HIV incidence in 10 African countries. We have also published a manuscript on the Ethics of HIV-1 molecular research and phylogenetics and worked with Brazilian collaborators to track the dissemination of viruses outbreaks in Brazil.
The SAMRC, through its Strategic Health Innovation Partnership (SHIP) programme, is seeking to fund five highly collaborative projects in the areas of pharmacogenomics with reference to failure of treatments with drugs (or drug classes) for Non-Communicable diseases, specifically Hypertension, Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Cancer in (South) Africa. Total Budget ZAR 12-14 million, which genomics data generation should be done in a DIPLOMICS laboratory, such as KRISP, in South Africa.
KRISP is a competence centre in bioinformatics and computational biology. The group employs skilled personnel that provides infrastructure, support and technological R&D for life sciences and clinical research.
The X-metting 2019 starts with a special session of Women in Bioinformatics. KRISP is >60% women and it is very exciting to participate in this section. We will cover the tweets to highlight how women can drive in this exciting field.
KRISP is giving a keynote speech at the X-Meeting. The X-Meeting is a Brazilian event with international reach which has an average of 300 participants. The Conference is an opportunity for students, researchers and companies to interact and diffuse knowledge.
KRISP and DIPLOMCIS Talks by Prof. Tulio de Oliveira (KRISP, UKZN) - Pharmacogenomics in Precision Medicine RFA by SAMRC with DIPLOMICS: 15 million rands of funding available! Monday, 28 Oct 2019 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome and Talk can be remotely attended: https://zoom.us/j/360942224
KRISP has partnered with a great photographer (Samora Chapman) to highlight the human and biodiversity life in South Africa. The photographic exhibition was curated by Tulio de Oliveira and highlight many of the genomics aspects that make us so similar and interesting at genotypic and phenotypic level.
UKZN African Health Flagship Talks by Dr. Helen Malherbe (Post-Doctoral Fellow at KRISP, UKZN) - Estimating the Burden of Congenital Disorders in South Africa: Recommendations for a Relevant Public Health Response. Wednesday, 23 Oct 2019 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
KRISP has been invited to present a Phylogenetics workshop as part of the international HIV drug resistance meeting. The workshop will happen in the first day of the conference and will focus on the use of HIV-1 Pol data to identify transmission networks.
This month, we focus on the launch of we focus on KRISP launching a Biotech Incubator in Durban - BioDurban. KRISP team walkabout to Sydney to participate in the top translational program in the world: the SPARK Global program. In our newsletter, we also highlight some of our fun activities, including three travel blogs, a Photo Exhibition with a great photographer and the publication of a Open Access Book on genomics and bioinformatics for viral outbreaks.
We have published together with colleagues from FioCruz Foundation in Brazil a book on the use of genomics to control and prevent viral diseases. This book focus on some of the genomics methods and bioinformatics tools that we have developed for arboviruses (i.e. Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue and Yellow Fever).
KRISP fantastic team (Dr. Thulile Nlapo, Dr. Benjamin Chimukangara, Dr. Richard Lessells and Gugulethu Mhkize) travel to attend a very inspiring translational science program in Australia. Read these cool blogs and see their personal view on one of the best and most ethical translational science program in the world.
Once again, this three-day conference hosted at the Durban ICC did not disappoint, attracting delegates and exhibitors from over 30 African countries and beyond. Most encouraging was the collective emphasis on innovation and the need to focus Africa's efforts in harnessing the untapped resources and scientific discoveries that the continent still has to offer.
This month, we focus on the launch of KRISP Sale Brochure 2019-2020 and the launch of KRISP Business Development Unit. These two initiatives aim to provide access to high-quality, output-driven, customer-centric and cost-effective genomics services in Africa.
A ground breakin study conducted by scientist from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation & Sequencing Platform (KRISP) and the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) has given new hope to policy makers on the frontline of the fighting the disease that proves that scaling up antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage can reduce the cases of TB.
This month at the SASBi newsletter KRISP at UKZN is featured as a key organization that is reversing brain drain in Africa and achieving scientific excellence! The newsletter also highlights Genomics Africa, our initiative with DIPLOMICS, the SASBi student council updates and some of the wild-cats' scientists (Yumna Moosa, San Emmanuel James and Upasana Ramphal) at KRISP. This is the coolest part of the newsletter and we really encourage you to read it...
This month, we focused our newsletter we focus on the launch of Genomics Africa, a KRISP & DIPLOMICS initiative to provide access to high-quality, output-driven, customer-centric and cost-effective genomics services in Africa . In our newsletter, we highlight the Genomics Africa activities on Human Genomes, Animals & Plants and Pathogens & Microbes. We want to challenge the status quo and allow the genomics revolution to benefit Africa.
KRISP & African Health Flagship Talk by Prof. Frank Slack, Shields Warren Mallinckrodt Professor & Director of the Institute for RNA Medicine, BIDMC, Harvard University, USA, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
Durban SPARK Innovation Breakfast presentation by Prof. Collen Masimirembwa, President and Chief Scientific Officer: African Institute of Biomedical Science & Technology, Tuesday, 30 July 2019(7:30am - 8:30), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
In order to showcase our services and promote collaboration and we are doing road shows at two other UKZN campus in July. We will be at the Westville campus (29-30 July) and at the Pietermaritzburg Campus (30-31 July).
Hackatron to code Opentrons pipetting robots for DNA amplicons and libraries for Sanger, Illumina & ONT Minion sequencing. Opentrons are open-source pipetting robots for biologists. Flexible, accessible & affordable lab robots allow life scientists to do more science & less pipetting. Programming of the robots use python language. Protocols are coded as open-source and available for the community.
Diabetes is a growing problem in South Africa, but South African Indians are at three times the risk of other race groups. What is more, Diabetes and Ischaemic Heart disease occur at least a decade younger in Indians than in other populations in South Africa. Both these diseases are the leading cause of death within the Indian population. Apart from poor diet and exercise there is a genetic component that leads to increased disease risk.
KRISP, FioCruz, Brazilian Ministry of Health, the Pan American Organization and research centres from UK (Oxford, Birmingham and Edinburgh) established a network for real-time genomic surveillance.
KRISP, Applied Biosystems and Thermo Fisher Scientific collaborate to bring Africa one step closer to realizing the 90-90-90 target by introducing a rapid, reliable, and cost-effective HIV-1 genotyping service in Africa. As part of the introduction, we are running a promotion of ZAR800 (US$ 55) per genotyping test (Jul-Dec 2019). Test can be done in plasma or DBS samples, turn-around time is seven working days.
This month, we focused our newsletter on KRISP on the road. We are criss-crossing the country to showcase our new DNA sequencing and bioinformatics capacity. . In the newsletter, we also cover our high-throughput Sanger and Illumina sequencing services, arapid, reliable and cost effective HIV-1 Drug Resistance Service in Africa and many of our publications on viral outbreaks, mental health and industrial biotechnology.
We recently produced open access phylogenetic typing tools to classify Arboviruses, including Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever Virus. These tools are been widely used by the scientific community and were published in Science (2018) and PLoS NTD (2019).
Durban SPARK Innovation Breakfast presentation by Professor Michael Wallach, KRISP Director SPARK Sydney and Regional Director of SPARK Oceania, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Thursday, 27 June 2019(7:30am - 8:30), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
UKZN African Health Flagship, KRISP, DIPLOMICS & Thermo Education Program on Capillary Electrophoresis (i.e. Sanger Sequencing. . Thermo-KRISP Lab, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa, 27-28 June 2019. Training is open to University Post-Graduate Students & Technical Staff of Commercial and Academic laboratories. Scholarships available to previously disadvantaged South African learners.
UKZN African Health Flagship, KRISP, DIPLOMICS & Thermo Education Program on Capillary Electrophoresis (i.e. Sanger Sequencing) . Thermo-KRISP Lab, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa, 24-25 June 2019. Training is open to University Post-Graduate Students & Technical Staff of Commercial and Academic laboratories. Scholarships available to previously disadvantaged South African learners.
Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) training II on quantitative PCR (qPCR). Thermo-KRISP Lab, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa, 21 June 2019. Training is open to post-graduate students and for technical staff of commercial and academic laboratories.
This month, we focused our newsletter on KRISP participation in the largest biotechnology innovation convention in the world, BIO2019. KRISP is part of the official South African delegation and is profiled as an inspiring organization for economic development in South Africa. In the newsletter, we also cover our high-throughput Sanger and Illumina sequencing services, growing bioinformatics team and KRISP & Thermo Fisher Scientific training program in Africa.
Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) training II on quantitative PCR (qPCR). Thermo-KRISP Lab, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa, 20 June 2019. Training is open to post-graduate students and for technical staff of commercial and academic laboratories.
Scientists from UKZN's College of Health Sciences and KRISP have received a R12,8 million grant from the South African Medical Research Council and the UK Medical Research Council/Newton Fund for a UK-South Africa joint initiative on mental health.
KRISP is taking part of the BIO 2019 as part of the official South African Delegation. KRISP is also profiled as an inspiring and Bio-innovative organization for Economic and Social Development in South Africa in an official booklet of the South African government.
KRISP takes part of the South African delegation attending the Bio International Convention. In addition, the delegation will include senior representatives of the DST, SAMRC, TIA, CPGR and DIPLOMICS. Together, we will showcase South Africa in the BIO 2019 as one of the most sophisticated, diverse and dynamic emerging market that is open to investment.
This month, we focused our newsletter on Genomics, bioinformatics and artificial intelligence at KRISP. This month newsletter also highlights our travel to the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and a prestigious Royal Society Award to KRISP. We also cover our recent publication on TB and mental health in South Africa and four new training workshops organized with ThermoFisher Scientific.
UKZN African Health Flagship Grants Support Unit discuss about new funding opportunities: AAS and Royal Society FLAIR Fellowship & SAMRC-NIH Calls 2019. Wednesday, 24 April 2019 (1:00pm - 2:00pm), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
Radio interview by Dr. Astrid Treffry-Goatley about the use of story telling of our BMJ Medical Humanities 2019 paper entitled: Community engagement with HIV drug adherence in rural South Africa: a transdisciplinary approach.
The IndabaX is a means with which to experiment with the ways in which we strengthen African machine learning, artificial intelligence and its local communities. KRISP is a sponsor of the Deep Learning IndabaX 2019, 14 to 17 April, South Africa.
KRISP Team Leader Dr. Veron Ramsuran is one of 30 leading scientists to receive the prestigious AAS and UK Royal Society FLAIR Fellowship. The 2019 FLAIR funded scientists were selected from a competitive pool of more than 700 applicants. Their research is diverse, ranging from providing renewable energy solutions and addressing climate change, to tackling food security and targeting health and environmental problems that are most acute for people living in African countries.
KRISP has invested in two high-throughput qPCR equipment (QuantStudio 7 Flex Real Time PCR Systems. We have validated qPCR TaqMan Array Card for many common pathogens and pathogens including panels for Gastrointestinal Panel (38 pathogens), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Panel (12 pathogens) and Respiratory Diagnostic Panel (34 pathogens).
KRISP has invested in a new Illumina DNA sequencer, providing access to NGS services using Miseq, NextSeq and HiSeq DNA sequencers. We are now in the position to generate NGS sequencing data at similar price, quality and speed as the international leading genomics centres.
KRISP has invested in two new Sanger DNA sequencers, including the ABI3730xl, which is the largest and most automated Sanger machine in the world. This equipment has 96 capillaries and it is able to produce over 1,500 sequences a day.
This month, we focused our newsletter on the new services and technologies available at KRISP. The newsletter also highlights our educational events (Talks, Wet-Lab and Dry-Lab workshops) and publications, including a paper on the increase of HIV-1 drug resistance in South Africa and another on the use of deep-sequence phylogenies to infer HIV-1 transmission networks
KRISP partner with Thermo Fisher Scientific on an educational program in Africa. As part of this program we organized 5 training workshops on STEM subjects in 2018 and 2019, ranging from PCR, qPCR, DNA sequencing and bioinformatics techniques.
UKZN African Health Flagship Talks by Lynn Woolfrey (DataFirst, University of Cape Town) - Opening up data for social well-being research in South Africa. Thursday, 11 April 2019 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
UKZN African Health Flagship Workshop by Neville Naidoo (University of KwaZulu-Natal Legal Services) - Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), South Africa. Thursday, 4 April 2019 (9:00am - 12:30pm), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
This month, we focused our newsletter on KRISP partnership with the Department of Global Health at University of Washington in Seattle. We also focus on our new post-graduate training workshops. This month, we also have many publications on African Health, including on HIV and TB phylogenetic and drug resistance analysis.
UKZN African Health Flagship Postgraduate Training Program present the Research Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Workshop. Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa, 1 April 2019. Training is open to University Post-Graduate Students & Post-Doctoral Fellows.
UKZN African Health Flagship Talks by Prof. Michael Pepper (University of Pretoria & SAMRC Unit for Stem Cell Research & Therapy) - the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Consensus Study on the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics & Genomics in South Africa. Tuesday, 7 May 2019 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
24th International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME), The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 4-9 August, 2019. The VEME workshop is recognised as one of the best international virus bioinformatics courses.
UKZN African Health Flagship, KRISP, DIPLOMICS & Thermo Education Program on DNA Sequencing Fragment Analysis Workshop . Thermo-KRISP Lab, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa, 28-29 March 2019. Training is open to University Post-Graduate Students & Technical Staff of Commercial and Academic laboratories. Scholarships available to previously disadvantaged South African learners.
UKZN African Health Flagship, KRISP, DIPLOMICS & Thermo Education Program on Capillary Electrophoresis (i.e. Sanger Sequencing) . Thermo-KRISP Lab, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa, 25-26 March 2019. Training is open to University Post-Graduate Students & Technical Staff of Commercial and Academic laboratories. Scholarships available to previously disadvantaged South African learners.
KRISP is presenting at the UCL/UKZN workshop on translational research, Health Innovation and Commercialisation. The workshop starts 19th March, Tuesday, at 12pm, finishes 20th March, Wednesday, at 2pm in Durban, South Africa.
UKZN African Health Flagship Talk by Dr. Maryam Fish - Cancer Genomics at KRISP will cover some of the genomics tests and bioinformatics pipelines for the analysis of whole exome sequencing (WES) and cancer panels from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Illumina and other sequencing methods. Friday, 15 March 2019 (8:30am - 9:30am), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
This is a password protected section of the website that provide access, to internal members, to previous grants applications submitted by KRISP.
KRISP challenges the status quo to create a scientific environment in (South) Africa that delivers the highest level of science, creates innovations and reverses the brain drain. This vision is starting to pay off, and we are happy to say that in just two years, we have been awarded over twenty grants to produce and analyze omics data in the African continent. Please contact us to discuss collaborative grants applications.
The Post-Award process is the step that we want to get to. However, it can be quite complicated for new PIs. Here we provide a summary of the process you should follow, along with contact information for the people who can provide immediate assistance as you proceed to grant application.
UKZN African Health Flagship Talks by Prof Tulio de Oliveira, Power of Diversity. Nature editorial covers a variety of studies that have tracked different types of diversity — ethnic, gender, nationality and scientific discipline — and suggest that particularly diverse groups publish a higher number of papers and receive more citations per paper than average. Thursday, 31 January 2019 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
From NGS data to real-time tracking of viruses' outbreaks: NextStrain and Genome Detective workshop. KRISP, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa, 24-25 January. Training is free to post-graduate students of UKZN and members of the H3AbioNet Bioinformatics Network.
This month, we focused our newsletter on KRISP training the next generation of scientists and positions available for PhDs and Post-Doctoral fellows at a Flagship program of UKZN. We also highlight publications on TB next generation sequencing and diagnostics, ethics and trans-disciplinary perspectives of HIV research and new phylodynamics models to characterize viral outbreaks.
We invite applications from ambitious Post-Docs (x10) and PhD (x10) students, to undertake research in a Flagship programme of UKZN in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. In this Flagship, leading investigators from different disciplines come together to develop cutting-edge research ideas on precision medicine, precision public health and translational science.
We invite applications from ambitious Post-Docs and PhD students, to undertake research in a Flagship programme of the UKZN in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. This project aims to establish Zebrafish Models for Human Disease and Toxicology, including the development of genetic models for non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as Type 2 Diabetes and for pollutants and contaminants of emerging concern (CEC).
We invite applications from ambitious post doctoral scientists, to undertake research in a Flagship programme of the UKZN and the MRC in Durban, South Africa. This Fellowship aims to generate large geographically indexed HIV, TB and cancer datasets in South Africa. The fellow will apply advanced geospatial analysis techniques and molecular epidemiology and geographical analysis techniques to identify “hotspots” in space-time and describe the characteristics of HIV, TB and HPV transmission networks and its impact on the development of cancer.
We invite applications from ambitious post doctoral scientists, to undertake research in a Flagship programme of the UKZN and the MRC in Durban, South Africa. This project aims to identify factors associated with the acquisition and progression of HIV and the development of HIV drug resistance. The postdoctoral fellow will use human and viral genetic data combined with high quality clinical and epidemiological data to characterize genetic and epigenetic factors that are associated with health outcomes.
We invite applications from ambitious post students, to undertake a PhD in a Flagship programme of the UKZN and the MRC in Durban, South Africa. This project exemplifies how analysis of genomic, clinical, social and epidemiological data could directly impact human health in Africa. PhD fellows will receive outstanding training and be mentored by leading scientists, who commonly publish in some of of the top biomedical journals
KRISP & Thermo Seminar and Lab Tour qPCR Solutions for Infectious Disease Seminar, 11 December 2018 (9:30 - 11:30), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
KRISP Talks by Dr Sikhulile Moyo & Dr Catherine Koofhethile, Harvard School of Public Health & Botswana Harvard Partnership (BHP), 10 December 2018 (11:00 - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
This month, we focused our newsletter on KRISP learning about new technologies and preparing the next generation of scientists. This month, we also have many publications on African Health, including on HIV drug resistance, antimicrobial activity, pre-eclampsia and smoking and depression.
Durban SPARK Innovation Breakfast by Barlow Manilal, CEO TIA, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 (7:30am - 8:30), KRISP, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
KRISP Faculty teach Health Measurement Descriptive course at School of Nursing and Public Health. The aim of the course is to provide learners with skills to collect, analyse and use health information. In addition, this course provide students with an understanding of the basic principles and methods of descriptive epidemiology, descriptive biostatistics and demography.
UKZN's KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovations and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific held a one-day Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) training session for Grade 11 pupils and students on basic Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
VULINDLELA, South Africa—Sweat streams from the young men's faces as they pursue a soccer ball across a sun-baked pitch of red dust.
KRISP Talks by Prof. Caroline Tiemessen, Models for the study of HIV remission: elite and post-treatment controllers, UKZN, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) training II on quantitative PCR (qPCR). Thermo-KRISP Lab, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa, 4 October 2018. Training is open to post-graduate students and for technical staff of commercial and academic laboratories.
SPARK Innovation Breakfast by Patrick Schofield, Uprise.Africa, Disruptive Financial Instruments, Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 (7:30am - 8:30), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) training on Sample to PCR. Thermo-KRISP Lab, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa, 2 October 2018. Training is open to High-school and University Students and scholarships available to previously disadvantaged South African students.
A critical function of KRISP is to make cutting edge genomics, precision medicine and bioinformatics technology accessible to academic, industrial and commercial users. KRISP uses a hybrid model that includes a research team and a commercial laboratory.
KRISP at UKZN partner with Thermo Fisher Scientific on a educational program in Africa. As part of this program we run many training workshops on STEM subjects, ranging from PCR, qPCR, DNA sequencing and CRISPR techniques. We have also produced a short video that shows the state-of-art training facilities in Durban, South Africa
At KRISP, we recognize the importance of strengthening the health system if we are to achieve the goals of ending the HIV and TB epidemics. We have a particular passion for training frontline health care workers. Through our partnership with the CAPRISA Advanced Clinical Care Programme in the last four years, we have contributed to training of over 2000 health care workers in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
KRISP in conjunction with the University Capacity Development Fund (UCDP) are conducting a two-day data carpentry training on the 27th and 28th of September, 2018 in Durban. In this workshop 35 researchers will be equipped with fine skills to perform data organization and analysis.
Bioinformatics embodies a set of critical skills necessary to derive insights from biological datasets in a cost effective and lab free manner. Such skills are not readily accessible in the African context. To address this challenge, KRISP as part of the H3Africa initiative is hosting a class for the introduction to bioinformatics course (IBT).
KRISP Talks by Erick Nsikayezwe Sithole, Governance, Strategy and Innovation , UKZN, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
Thermo Fisher Scientific in partnership with the KwaZulu Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa has developed an educational programme on PCR which has been offered to high school and tertiary students.
Durban SPARK Innovation Breakfast presentation by Fernando Albericio, KRISP Research Scientist, UKZN Professor, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 (7:30am - 8:30), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
KRISP showcase its bio innovations at the BIOAFRICA Convention held on 27 - 29 August 2018 at Durban ICC. Under the theme, Africa - Open for business - Together building the Bio-Economy. KRISP had an exhibition booth under the large TIA pavilion that displayed precision medicine technologies, bioinformatics services as well as a range of genomics services and capacity development program.
A pioneering research collaboration into yellow fever virus (YFV) has shed new light on the exceptional recent outbreak in Brazil and how the virus spreads. The findings have implications for monitoring viral transmission and could potentially contribute to a strategy for eliminating YFV worldwide
Science paper in 2018 that uses genomic sequencing of a recent yellow fever outbreak in Brazil has traced it back to its source.
The South African Government has identified 100 scarce skills nationally in the workplace and KRISP has taken this opportunity to empower the youth and contribute towards education by taking the 100 Scarce Skills Campaign Indaba in Durban - 31 July to 2 August 2018.
KRISP Talks by Dr Tivani Mashamba-Thompson, PhD, Academic Leader, School of Nursing and Public Health (SNPH), UKZN, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
The event will give you insight into the exciting world of scientific research in the field of genetics but also give you a chance to visit the state of the art laboratory at the KRISP unit in Durban, South Africa
KRISP public engagement initiatives & genetic solutions with Thermo Fisher Scientific. This month, we have participated in many events and engaged with the general and scientific public! We have even participated in the BRICS summit and have been inspired by translational research.
KRISP participated in high-level meeting of the BRICS summit in South Africa, 28 July 2018. Participants include South African Deputy General (DG) of Health, Ms Malebona Precious Matsoso, the special advisor to the Minister of International Affairs in Brazil, Fabio Rocha Frederico, the HIV/AIDS programme leader of Russia and seniors representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Durban SPARK Innovation Breakfast presentation by Tulio de Oliveira, KRISP Research Scientist, UKZN Professor, Wednesday, 1 August 2018 (7:30am - 8:30), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
KRISP Talks by Dr. Alain Vandormael, PhD, KRISP Research Scientist, UKZN Lecture, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
KRISP team attended the 3rd SPARK GLOBAL meeting, which took place in Berlin, 21 and 22 July 2018. We have been inspired by this meeting and we are working with SPARK GLOBAL partners to replicate their successful model in South Africa
Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) training on PCR. Thermo-KRISP Lab, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa, 6 July 2018. Training is open to High-school and University Students and scholarships available to previously disadvantaged South African students.
In partnership with Stanford University, KRISP will host its 6th Durban Spark Innovation breakfast meeting on the 4 July at 7h30-8h30 K-RITH Tower Building. The keynote address focus on Fintech & Project UBU by Viroshan Naicker, Mathematician & Economist, North Quotient.
KRISP participated in the Innovate Durban 2018 Festival, Sample to PCR KRISP and Thermo-Fisher Scientific Workshop, KRISP gets two awards at SANTHE DELTA initiative and Lancet HIV paper on Dolutegravir for first line therapy in developing countries
KRISP has an exhibition space at the Innovation Festival, The Barn, Durban, 28-29 June. Please come visit us and learn more about Genomics, Epigenetics, Bioinformatics, Precision Medicine and DNA testing.
KRISP researchers Upasana Ramphal and Dr. Marcel Tongo scooped two of the three awards at the Wellcome Trust DELTAS SANTHE research day held on the 6 - 7 June 2018 at Crinkly Bottom in Waterfall, South Africa.
KRISP and the South African DST, SAMRC and TIA showcase South Africa in the BIO 2018 as one of the most sophisticated, diverse and dynamic emerging market that is open to investment...
In partnership with Stanford University, KRISP will host its 5th Durban Spark Innovation breakfast meeting on the 6 June at 7h30-8h30 K-RITH Tower Building. The keynote address focus on Diagnostic Innovations: Gaps & Opportunities by Dr. Richard Lessells & Dr. Veron Ramsuran,Group Leaders at KRISP.
KRISP on the official South African delegation of the BIO international convention in Boston, Global SPARK meeting, new services and online quote section of website, genome detective, inovation breakfast and talks.
A critical function of KRISP is to make genomics, NGS, epigenetics and bioinformatics services accessible to academic, industrial and commercial users. Services include on-demand next generation sequencing (NGS), cancer genomics, drug resistance testing, Human Exomes, HLA typing and absolute quantification (ddPCR)
By Lihle Sosibo, Durban, 24-May-18. Understanding Intellectual Property (IP) allows people and businesses to harness creations of the human mind and realise their economic potential through commercialisation. It is important to know what constitutes intellectual property, who owns the intellectual property and what protection and advantages are afforded to intellectual property owners.
KRISP Talks by Prof. Joe Eyermann, Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) - UCT, University of Cape Town (UCT), 9 May 2018 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
In partnership with Stanford University, KRISP will host its 4th Durban Spark Innovation breakfast meeting on the 2 May at 7h30-8h30 K-RITH Tower Building. The keynote address focus on Intellectual Property (IP) & Patents and it is presented byTyron Grant, MSc (Genetics) & Patent Attorney, Partner, Spoor & Fisher.
KRISP partner with FioCruz and Oxford on real-time outbreak analysis, reversing brain drain and achieving scientific excellence, Nature paper, KRISP talks and innovation events arising
KRISP team spent 10 days in Brazil working with Prof. Luiz Carlos Alcantara group to use Oxford Nanopore sequencing device to analyse the current Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil
By MaryAnn Francis, Durban, 11-April-18. A partnership involving academia, industry and government is needed for innovation and entrepreneurship to blossom, says Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at UKZN, Professor Deresh Ramjugernath at the Durban Spark Innovation Breakfast
KRISP Nature paper with Pasteur Institute on a new phylogenetic method to analyse large HIV and mammalian DNA sequence datasets!
Sunday Tribune, 1st April 2018 - The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, an age of unprecedented advances, is under the spotlight at UKZN this week, writes A dire need to cultivate entrepreneurship and innovation in SA
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) funded Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) in collaboration with KRISP invites academics, government, clinicians, investors, law-makers, entrepreneurs and industrialists to an intellectually engaging exchange of ideas on the establishment of an innovative bio-incubation system. 10 April 2018, Pretoria, South Africa.
KRISP Talks by Prof. Darren P Martin, IDMM, University of Cape Town (UCT), 9 April 2018 (12:00 - 13:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
In our third issue of 2018, we would like to bring attention to a partnership with TIA, DST and SAMRC to deliver a Thought Leadership Workshop on Bio-Innovation. We also highlight some of our publications, collaborators and capacity building workshops
In partnership with Stanford University in the United States, UKZN's KZN Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) will host its 3rd Durban Spark Innovation breakfast meeting on the 4th April at 7h30-8h30 K-RITH Tower Building. The keynote address at the third breakfast is Professor Deresh Ramjugernath, UKZN's Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research.
1 APRIL 2018, by FRED KOCKOTT. South Africa needs to up its game in the world of innovation and entrepreneurship, says University of KwaZulu-Natal deputy vice chancellor: research, Professor Deresh Ramjugernath.
The KZN Science Centre (KZNSC) team attended a HIV/AIDS training on the 8-9th of March 2018 that was hosted by KRISP at UKZN. The training equipped the team with a solid background and knowledge on HIV/AIDS which enabled the KZNSC educational facilitators to give informative presentations on HIV/AIDS to young grade 9 female learners in disadvantage communities.
By MaryAnn Francis, 15 March 2018, Durban. The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)-funded KZN Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) recently hosted its second Durban Spark Innovation breakfast featuring UKZN's A-rated scientist Professor Fernando Albericio as the keynote speaker.
KRISP Talks by Dr. Eduan Wilkinson, KRISP, UKZN, 6th March 2018 (15:00 - 16:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
In our second issue of 2018, we would like to bring attention to a partnership with SPARK Global Program at Stanford, innovation meeting, news, publications, collaborators and capacity building workshops
Here we provide a summary of the process you should follow, along with contact information for the people who can provide immediate assistance as you proceed to grant application. This assay focus on the pre-award process.
The development of innovation, small businesses and entrepreneurship should be the cornerstones of development in order to alleviate poverty and improve health on the African continent. In order to respond to these challenges, KRISP and UKZN have partnered with some of the world's leading innovative organizations to learn from the successful innovation in the Silicon Valley.
KRISP video highlighting the important role that grants and project management play in allowing researchers to achieve scientific excellence in South Africa.
KRISP maintains a list of selected funding sources and databases. In addition, our grants managers maintain an email list for KRISP, APACHE and UKZN interested researchers that highlights new opportunities.
CAPRISA annual strategic meeting was presented at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Durban. We were present and two of our manuscripts (Lancet HIV 2017 and Science 2018) were presented.
KRISP Talks by Dr. Veron Ramsuran, KRISP, UKZN & CAPRISA, 26 January 2018 (15:00 - 16:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
F1000 has produced another retrospective list of the top 20 influential conservation papers of 2017 as assessed by experts in the field. The manuscript by Tomita, Vandormael et al. Lancet Planetary Health 2017 on green environment and depression made this influencial list...
The study, published in the prestigious journal Science (Ramsuram et al. 2018), was led by South African scientists who, together with an international research team, discovered that a specific-type human leucocyte antigen (HLA) gene helps infected cells to evade the body's first line of defence
HIV/AIDS researchers have never understood why people infected with HIV developed Aids at different times? but now they suspect that it all has to do with their genes. A study by South African and US researchers (Ramsuran et al. Science 2018) has shed new light on how specific genes in people can lead to the faster progression of Aids-related illnesses in people living with HIV who are not on treatment.
Mercury Reporter, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 19 Jan 2018: Scientists led an in ternational research team which discovered new genetic markers that identify why the onset of Aids appears to occur so quickly in some people after they are infected with HIV The study published in the journal Science (Ramsuran et al. Science 2018), sheds new light on how specific human genes can lead to a faster deterioration for people living with HIV who are not on treatment.
The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene complex varies enormously among individuals and helps explain individual variation in immunity to infectious diseases. Ramsuran et al. (Science 2018) examined data from almost 10,000 HIV infections.
The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and UKZN have signed an agreement for the establishment of KRISP - the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform.
Many parameters are examined to try to understand HIV transmission in endemic areas. Tanser et al. (Science TM 2017) use longitudinal population-based data from rural South Africa to show that population viral load indices incorporating geographical location and local HIV prevalence can be used to infer HIV transmission potential.
The Mercury, 14 December 2017, KwaZulu-Natal-based medical research organisations have developed an improved method to accurately predict where the highest rate of new HIV infections will likely occur in a community. Press coverage of our KRISP paper by Tanser et al. (Science TM 2017)
By Katharine Child, 05 December 2017. SA's policy to reduce HIV infections is to do what the UN recommends, which is to get 90% of people tested, 90% of HIV-positive people taking antiretrovirals and 90% of those on treatment taking it properly so they are not infectious. Press coverage of our KRISP paper Iwuji et al. (Lancet HIV 2017).
By Linda Nordling, 2 December 2017, Quartz Africa. Antiretrovirals 'the drugs used to keep HIV in check' don't only prevent people from getting AIDS; they also keep virus levels low, making those taking them less likely to pass the infection to others. Press coverage of our KRISP paper Iwuji et al. (Lancet HIV 2017).
By Sikhulile Moyo, 1 December 2017. The conversation, press coverage of our KRISP paper Moyo et al. (PLoS One HIV 2016). A critical part of reaching zero new HIV infections by 2030 as the 'UN's Sustainable Development Goal aims to do' is to be able to track accurately when specific high risks groups become infected with the virus.
Drug resistance in HIV is rising to more than 10% in people with HIV who are preparing to start (or re-start) first-line antiretroviral therapy, according to a recently published meta-analysis. Press coverage of our KRISP paper Gupta et al. (Lancet ID 2017).
HIV drug resistance is approaching and exceeding 10% in people living with HIV who are about to initiate or reinitiate first-line antiretroviral therapy, according to the largest meta-analysis to date on HIV drug resistance. Press coverage of Gupta et al. (Lancet ID 2017).
Commentary by Jens Lundgren & Andrew Phillips, Lancet HIV, 30 November 2017.
KRISP Talks by Dr. Aliza Monroe-Wise, University of Washington, 16 November 2017 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
KRISP Talks by Prof. Andrew Rambaut, Edinburgh University, 15 November 2017 (15:00 - 16:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
KRISP staff are based in a state of the art building in Durban and have access to fast advancing technologies such as genomics, epigenetics, bioinformatics and epidemiology.
KRISP Talks by Dr. Wim Delva, SACEMA (Stellenbosch), 23 October 2017 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
Bioinformatics is now a strategic area for Brazil and all Latin America and, therefore, it is also strategic to the development of Science, Technology and Economy. The X-Meeting is a Brazilian event with international reach which has an average of 400 participants.
KRISP Talks by Prof. Philip Goulder, Oxford University, 20 September 2017 (14:00 - 15:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
The workshop is targeted at 400 clinicians, clinical virologists and nurses working in the public sector who are currently involved in the treatment of patients with HIV and TB in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The workshop provides both theoretical and practical training in phylogenetic inference and evolutionary hypothesis testing. It is recognized as one of the best international virus bioinformatics courses. It covers sequence analysis, phylogenetics, phylodynamics methods and large scale methods for next-generation sequencing (NGS) analytics
KRISP Talks by Dr Carren Ginsburg, SAMRC/Wits Rural Public Health & Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), 23 August 2017 (11am - midday), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about KRISP work. In this July 2017 issue of our newsletter, we have included interesting news, videos, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training events of KRISP
KRISP Researcher and Fulbright scholar Dr. Eduan Wilkinson news from the US: HiPerGator supercomputer is enabling infectious disease transmission research in UF's Emerging Pathogens Institute.
Friday, 7 July, 2017, Dr Marcel Tongo Passo, a SANTHE Post-doctoral trainee, has won a "Best Abstract" award at the DELTAS (Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science) Africa Annual Grantees Meeting 2017, held in Accra, Ghana, between 3 to 5 July. Passo is based at KRISP (KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform) and HPP (HIV Pathogenesis Programme) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
By Arthi Gopi, Independent on Saturday Newspaper - KRISP atrracts the brightest - Durban is leading the way in DNA research, having attracted some of the brightest minds in the science field, in a new state-of-the-art lab in the city.
The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and UKZN have signed an agreement for the establishment of KRISP - the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform.
KRISP Talks by Professor Bonga Chiliza, Discipline of Psychiatry: College of Health Sciences, UKZN, 23 June 2017, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!
The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our research work. In this Jan-Mar 2017 issue of our newsletter, we have included interesting open access publications, news, blogs, reports, tweets, and training information produced by our group.
The workshop is targeted at clinicians, clinical virologists and nurses working in the public sector who are currently involved in the treatment of patients with HIV and TB in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Patients coinfected with human T-cell lymphotropic virus 1 (HTLV-1) and HIV continue to have elevated CD4+ T-cell counts, even though there is no difference in their HIV viral load levels after antiretroviral therapy when compared with patients who just have HIV (Curr HIV Res 2017).
News coverage and clinical management implication of our recent HIV/HTLV co-infection manuscript, Current HIV Research, 2017
Perspective by Carlos del Rio, MD Professor of medicine, division of infectious diseases, Emory University School of Medicine on our recent CID manuscript on high-level transmitted resistance epidemic in Aruba.
The prevalence of resistance to nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors among HIV-infected individuals has increased to 'alarming levels' in Aruba, reaching 45% in 2015, see our recent publication at CID.
KRISP Talks by Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, College of Health Sciences, UKZN & CAPRISA Research Associate, 17 March 2017, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa
The Wellcome Trust DELTAS funded SANTHE program awarded seven grants to develop collaborative research projects to address critical challenges to African capacity in HIV and/or TB clinical, social/behavioural, and biomedical science.
The National Research Foundation and Swiss National Science Foundation through their Swiss-South Africa programme, have funded a project entitled: A context-based knowledge resource integrating HIV and Mtb molecular biology with host-pathogen and drug-resistance data. As part of the project, the University of Cape Town Computational Biology Division and our research group at UKZN are hosting a symposium on pathogen genomics.
KRISP Talks by Dr Veron Ramsuran, Senior Lecturer: College of Health Sciences, UKZN, 27 January 2017, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa
The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our research work. In this December 2016 issue of our newsletter, we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our group.
This is a half-day interactive workshop, which seeks to explore and deliberate on key ethical issues associated with HIV phylogenetic analysis as applied in our understanding of HIV transmission dynamics, particularly in African settings. Keynote presentations will be followed by plenary discussions led by the speakers.
In The Lancet Infectious Diseases, John Gregson and colleagues report the results of a meta-analysis investigating HIV-1 drug resistance in 20 studies from sub-Saharan Africa.
Two of our recently published manuscripts (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016 & Gregson et al Lancet Infectious Diseases 2016) are highlighed in the Lancet website front webpage...
By Professor Ayesha Kharsany, December 1, 2016, Durban - Globally, over 1.6 billion people are in the age group 12-24 years, the largest generation of adolescents and young people. However, almost 42% of new HIV infections occur in this age group, nearly 80% of these live in sub-Saharan Africa and more than 70% of these infections occur in adolescent girls and young women. Not only do these adolescent girls and young women have higher rates of HIV, they also acquire infection 5-7 years earlier than their male peers.
More than 18 million people now have access to life-saving AIDS treatment, 1.2 million more than at the end of last year, the United Nations said on Monday. With detailed data showing some of the many complexities of the HIV epidemic, the report found that people are particularly vulnerable to HIV at certain points in their lives (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016). It called for 'life-cycle; approach to offer help and prevention measures for everyone at every stage of life.
In this report, UNAIDS is announcing that 18.2 million people now have access to HIV treatment. The Fast-Track response is working. Increasing treatment coverage is reducing AIDS-related deaths among adults and children. But the life-cycle approach, which highlight our phylogenetics manuscript (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016), has to include more than just treatment.
This AWACC annual workshop is in the 10th edition and it is organized as a joint effort of the Centre for AIDS research (CFAR) of Harvard Medical School, SATuRN, CAPRISA, UKZN and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health. AWACC objecitve is to translate the latest evidence-based research and apply best practice models of care into good clinical practice, specifically for resource constrained areas.
The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of SATuRN. In this third 2016 issue of our newsletter we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our network. We hope you enjoy it and find it informative. We welcome any feedback about content or format.
The biennial SASBi and SAGS congresses are the premier national scientific meetings on bioinformatics and genetics in South Africa. In total, 187 participats delivered 40 oral presentations and 65 posters in SASBi-SAGS-2016. This congress provided an exciting opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research in both disciplines, and to network with members of the two societies and with leading international scientists.
The Professional Development Programme (PDP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) at CAPRISA aims to develop and retain South African scientists and professionals of the highest calibre.
The Professional Development Programme (PDP) at CAPRISA aims to develop and retain South African scientists and professionals of the highest calibre. The genomics and bioinformatics project in HIV-1 phylogenetics and molecular epidemiology is inter-disciplinary in nature and involves collaboration between the CAPRISA's MRC HIV-TB Pathogenesis and Treatment Research Unit and the Flagship Program of the MRC, which are two of the most prestigious research programs in South Africa.
The Professional Development Programme (PDP) at CAPRISA aims to develop and retain South African scientists and professionals of the highest calibre. The genomics and bioinformatics project in HIV-1 drug resistance is inter-disciplinary in nature and involves collaboration between the CAPRISA's MRC HIV-TB Pathogenesis and Treatment Research Unit and the Flagship Program of the MRC, which are two of the most prestigious research programs in South Africa.
Nature (Vol. 535, pp. 335, 2016) report our recent results on the use of genetic sequences to uncover HIV-1 transmission patterns in young woman in South Africa (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016). The paper was presented as a Keynote at AIDS 2016 conference.
Researchers with the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, or CAPRISA, a consortium of South African and North American scientists, analyzed genetic codes (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016) from study subjects in South Africa to try to pinpoint biological factors that may contribute, along with behavioral factors, to the large number of infections.
Science magazine (Vol. 353, Issue 6294, pp. 18-21, 2016). This issue was published before the AIDS conference in Durban 2016 and highlights some of our research, including our treatment as prevention trial (TasP) as well our phylogenetic analysis (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016).
Megan Druce and Sthembiso Msweli are two very bright South Africans who have successfully completed their MSc as part of the UKZN Flagship program at the MRC. They both wrote inspiring blogs, the first is about a Cum Laude degree which allowed the award of a scholarship for a PhD in Germany, the second is about the history of a laboratory technologist from rural KZN, who after graduating was promoted to laboratory manager...
The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of SATuRN. In this first 2016 issue of our newsletter we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our network. We hope you enjoy it and find it informative. We welcome any feedback about content or format.
The 21st International Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME2016) will be hosted by the Korea University College of Medicine, 14-19 August, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Abstract deadline: 15 March 2016
KRISP Talks by Dr David Rasmussen, Postdoc Research Fellow, ETH Zurich, 11 March 2016, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa
KRISP Talks by Oliver Ratmann, Research Fellow, Department Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College of London & UKZN MRC Research Fellow, 06 February 2016, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa
The SATuRN 10th Southern African HIV & TB Drug Resistance and Treatment Monitoring Workshop will be run together with the Annual Workshop on Advanced Clinical Care - AIDS (AWACC) - Durban, South Africa, 19 to 20 November 2015
Africa Centre through its European Commission Virogenesis Project & MRC Flagship Programmer wish to recruit a 1) Software Developer & 2) Bioinformatics Scientific Manager.
We cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof Thumbi Ndungu from K-RITH and HPP/UKZN, 21 August 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa
Introduction: This is an excellent opportunity for outstanding and motivated individuals to access one of the most comprehensive population-based HIV surveillance and genomics datasets in the world at the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies based in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics & Bioinformatics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Oliver Laeyendecker Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University,19 June 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics & Bioinformatics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Dr Nigel Garrett from CAPRISA, 19 June 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa
By John Cohen, Science, 12 June 2015. New studies could aid public health efforts. Last week at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City, researchers, public health specialists, and HIV/AIDS advocates discussed how to exploit the potential of the technique, called phylogenetic analysis - and the thorny ethical and legal issues it raises...
Phylogenetic research 'the analysis of molecular sequencing data to study evolutionary relationships among groups and organisms' needs to be scaled up to end the AIDS epidemic, according to the participants at a symposium held on 4 June at the New York Academy of Sciences called HIV 2015: Using Phylogenetics to Enhance the HIV Response.
A discussion meeting presented by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Microbiology & Infectious Diseases Discussion Group at the New York Academy of Sciences on the use of phylogenetics to enhance HIV response.
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics & Bioinformatics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, 30 April 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa
Dr Justen Manasa graduated with a PhD after completing ground-breaking research in the Hlabisa District of KwaZulu-Natal that resulted in a low cost genotyping method envisaged to help doctors monitor and evaluate drug resistance among HIV-infected patients in resource-limited settings.
The Southern Africa Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) and the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) organized a HIV & TB Advanced Clinical Care Workshop. This workshop is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & PEPFAR program in South Africa.
By: Tulio de Oliveira, Franschoek, South Africa, 31 March 2015 - Continuing advances in next generation genomic analysis are rapidly changing the way we approach our research. The setup of our high-throughput genomics facility at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, in collaboration with Africa Centre and Health and Population Studies allowed our research group to produce HIV-1 complete genomes at an unprecedented scale.
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics & Bioinformatics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Samantha Sampson, 20 February 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics & Bioinformatics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Paul Kellam, 13 February 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Darren Martin, 9 January 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Samantha Sampson, 21 November 2014, Susser & Stein Seminar Room, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban
SATuRN annual workshop run in partnership with AWACC (UKZN, NDoH & Harvard). In total 346 participants attended the two days workshop. The workshop discussions were also very good. Here, we summarize the Tweeter coverage of the event, which contains information on the topics discussed and questions raised.
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Robert J Wilkinson, 10 October 2014, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban
Each year during AWAAC, the Doris Duke International Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School sponsors a special seminar for medical students who will be attending the conference. During the seminar, invited faculty members discuss journals article that they select with a group of medical students from the US who are engaging in research in sub-Saharan Africa and a group of South African medical students from UKZN. This year 20-25 students will attend the seminar.
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Gert Van Zyl, 19 September 2014, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Dr. Louis Chonco Jimenez, 22 August 2014, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban
We invite applications from ambitious post doctoral scientists, to undertake research in a Flagship programme of the Wellcome Trust & MRC in South Africa.This Fellowship aims to apply and develop bioinformatics software applications to analyze large datasets of complete HIV-1 genomes.
We invite applications from ambitious post doctoral scientists, to undertake research in a Flagship programme of the Wellcome Trust & MRC in South Africa.This Fellowship aims to develop and/or apply phylogenetic software applications to create a framework to identify epidemiologically important HIV strains.
We invite applications from ambitious post doctoral scientists, to undertake research in a collaborative programme of the the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre and the FioCruz Foundation in South Africa and Brazil.This fellowship aims to apply and develop bioinformatics software applications to analyze large datasets of HIV-1 and HTLV-1 complete genomes
The newsletter idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life. In our second issue of 2014 (Vol. 3 Num. 2), we advertise our annual workshop, which will be presented as part of the Annual Workshop on Advanced Clinical Care - AIDS (AWACC), Durban, 8-9 Oct 2014. We also included interesting news, blogs and publications produced by our network and partners.
By Anna Salimo, South Africa, 20 July 2014. The NICD laboratory in Johannesburg has been performing HIV-1 drug resistance (HIVDR) testing for surveillance purposes using plasma or serum specimens. The World Health Organization (WHO) have adjusted their requirements for accreditation to include HIVDR testing on dried blood spots (DBS) due to their ease of collection, handling, transportation and storage.
We invite applications from ambitious clinical or non-clinical postdoctoral scientists, to undertake research in a Flagship programme of the Wellcome Trust & MRC in South Africa
KRISP Talks by Prof. Andreas Ziegler, 1 August 2014, Council Chambers, Westville Campus, UKZN, Durban.
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Malegapuru Makgoba cordially invites you and your spouse/partner to attend an inaugural lecture presented by Professor Tulio de Oliveira, 30 July 2014, K-RITH, Durban
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme, the UKZN MRC Flagship project and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, UKZN, cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, 7 July 2014, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
By: Deogratius Ssemwanga, Jonathan Kayondo, Siva Danaviah and Jaffer Zaidi. The bioinformatics in the tropics series is part of a south-to-south capacity building programme to develop the next generation of bioinformaticians in Africa and Latin America.
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Deputy Director iShare Programme cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Peter Byass, 09 April 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba
The newsletter idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life. In our first issue of 2014 (Vol. 3 Num. 1) our newsletter we focus on our new seminar series and publications and results from SATuRN partners. We also included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets and training information produced by our network.
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Peter Piot, 1 April 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar, 28 March 2014, Durban
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a presentation, 28 March 2014, Durban
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Dr. Siva Danaviah, 26 March 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Population Epidemiology Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Dr. Portia Mutevedzi, 19 March 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba
K-RITH is offering an innovative course in the biostatistical methods used in medical research. This hands-on course is taught by Harvard biostatistician, Dr. Lori Chibnik.
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Dr. Justen Manasa, 12 March 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Dr. Eduan Wilkinson, 19 February 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Susan Engelbrecht, 31 January 2014, Durban
The causes and consequences of HIV transmission and drug resistance - Computer Science PhD and/or MSc studentships available at UKZN/CSIR Meraka Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) in collaboration with Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. Funded by a MRC Flagship research project. Potential Supervisors: Dr. Deshen Moodley & Prof. Hugh Murrell, CAIR, UKZN
The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, 15 January 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba
The newsletter idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life. In our last issue of 2013 our newsletter we focus on our capacity building programme. We also advertise 7 PhDs and 4 MScs positions in this issue!
This is a series of four workshops, which will be presented in Brazil (2013 & 2014), South Africa (2013) and Uganda (2014) as part of a south to south capacity building programme to develop the next generation of bioinformaticians in Africa and Latin America. The objective is to train post-doctoral researchers to become trainers and post-graduate students to use bioinformatics and phylogenetic software applications needed for their research.
The causes and consequences of HIV transmission and drug resistance - Social Sciences PhD and/or MSc studentships available at HEARD/UKZN Genetics department in collaboration with Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. Funded by a MRC Flagship research project. Potenital Supervisors: Dr Kaymarlin Govender, Ms Samantha Willan & Mr. Andrew Gibbs, HEARD, UKZN.
The causes and consequences of HIV transmission and drug resistance - Human Genetics PhD and/or MSc studentships available at UKZN Genetics department in collaboration with Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. Funded by a MRC Flagship research project. Supervisors: Dr. Paula Sommer, Genetics Department, UKZN & Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, Africa Centre, UKZN
The causes and consequences of HIV transmission and drug resistance - HIV Drug resistance PhD studentship at Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Funded by a MRC Flagship research project. Supervisors: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira & Prof. Frank Tanser, Africa Centre, UKZN
The causes and consequences of HIV transmission and drug resistance - PhD studentship available for Genomics, Epidemiology and Bioinformatics at UKZN for the MRC Flagship research project. Supervisors: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira & Prof. Frank Tanser, Africa Centre, UKZN
In his address to MRC award and grant winners at a prestigious ceremony in Cape Town, outgoing MRC Chairperson Professor Lizo Mazwai described the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) as 'richer, more focused, more efficient and better placed to deliver a healthy nation through research.'
There have been major successes in the fight agains the disease since it was first identified in 1983. Bianca Capazorio speaks to some young South Africans at the forefront of work in the field.
Leading scientists in HIV/AIDS research discussed the diversity of the HIV epidemic, new scientific evidence and the promising interventions on the horizon to tackle it.
Ahead of World AIDS Day 2013, leading HIV/AIDS researchers in Durban have urged society to focus on insights, innovation and integrity in the journey into an HIV-free future and to put people at the centre of health services.
By Inez Rossouw, 26 Nov 2013, Bloemfontein - Dolutegravir, a drug aimed against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), might not elicit any resistance to it. This was revealed at the Southern African HIV/TB drug resistance and monitoring workshop hosted by the Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) at the Medical School of the University of the Free State.
The University of the Free State (UFS) can now collect immensely valuable data on drug resistance in HIV/Aids and TB with the new DNA sequencer that was launched recently at the International workshop on HIV/AIDS and TB drug resistance at the Bloemfontein Campus.
BLOEMFONTEIN, 21 November 2013. Today, a large intentional workshop on HIV & TB drug resistance starts, which will bring some of the top international researchers, clinicians and policy makers to the University of the Free State in order to discuss strategies to manage and prevent drug resistance in Africa.
A UKZN panel discussion on 26 November 2013: 'Bringing the 'I' into HIV - New approaches in developing person-centred interventions to fight the HIV epidemic' as part of World AIDS Day 2013 activities.
Radio interview by Sisanda Jonas at SAfm weekend pmlive show 3 Nov 2013
The MRC has established a new high-profile R190 million funding opportunity for Medical Schools and Universities to undertake 'Flagship Projects' aimed at addressing South Africa's key health problems. The winning projects, led by some of South Africa's most accomplished scientists, were announced at a media briefing at the MRC in Cape Town on Wednesday evening.
Professor Salim Abdool Karim and Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, awarded a R16.5 million grant to fight HIV drug resistance and transmission in rural KwaZulu-Natal.
Professor Frank Tanser and Professor Tulio de Oliveira from UKZN's Africa Centre for health and Population studies were recently awarded a large grant to fight HIV drug resistance and transmission in rural KwaZulu-Natal. The grant, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) Flagship Projects is part of the MRC's strategy to sustain vibrant medical research in South Africa.
'Intensive', 'Comprehensive', 'Fulfilling' and 'Exciting' were just some of the words used by students to describe the first Bioinformatics course hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV (K-RITH) in partnership with the US-based Broad Institute and the NIH recently.
The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of SATuRN. In this third issue of 2013 our newsletter we focus on our digital videos activities. We have also included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our network.
Deenan Pillay, Professor of Virology at UCL (University College London), is today named as the new Director of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, one of the Wellcome Trust's major overseas programmes.
The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of SATuRN. The newsletter is presented as a PDF document with links to complete articles at the bioafrica.net website.
by Sigaloff & Hamers, The Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine, Book Review on the HIV & TB Drug Resistance & Clinical Management Case Book by Rossouw, Lessells and de Oliveira
This is the second workshop of the bioinformatics in the tropics series, which will be presented by the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies at K-RITH at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 23 to 27 September 2013. The bioinformatics in the tropics series is part of a south to south capacity building programme to develop the next generation of bioinformaticians in Africa and Latin America.
This is the first workshop of the bioinformatics in the tropics series, which will be presented at the Oswaldo Moniz Research Center (CPqGM), Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 22 to 26 July 2013.
This is a series of four workshops, which will be presented in Brazil (2013 & 2014), South Africa (2013) and Uganda (2014) as part of a south to south capacity building programme to develop the next generation of bioinformaticians in Africa and Latin America.
We are pleased to announce that we are presenting at the Sixth Infectious Disease Genomics and Global Health conference, Cambridge, U.K, 16-18 October 2013. The focus of this meeting is the application of genomic technologies to the problems of infectious disease in a global health context.
Drug resistance poses significant potential problems in the fight against HIV and TB, but little is known about how best to tackle it. Dr Tulio de Oliveira heads a network that aims to fill this knowledge gap.
By Jonathan Davis, 15 April 2013 - Researchers from the Africa Centre for Health and Population Research near Mtubatuba have published a important book to help rural doctors, nurses and pharmacists working on the frontline of the country's interlinked HIV and tuberculosis (TB) pandemics manage increasing levels of resistance to the drugs needed to fight the diseases.
The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of SATuRN. The newsletter is presented as a PDF document with links to complete articles at the bioafrica.net website.
The 17th Annual Rural Health Conference will be held in St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, from 8 to 10 August 2013. SATuRN will have a session (approximately 2-3 hours) in the conference and will distribute the HIV & TB Drug Resistance and Clinical Management Case Book.
Pretoria News - 19 March 2013, DOCTORS from the University of Pretoria (UP) and University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) have stepped up to the challenge of providing a clinical management casebook for health care workers treating patients with HIV and TB drug resistance.
By Sanku Tsunke, Pretoria, 19 March 2013. Drug resistance is one of the main challenges confronting HIV and TB programmes in Africa. Facing these challenges requires an understanding of how drug resistance develops, as well as up-to-date knowledge of how to diagnose and manage drug resistance in HIV and TB patients.
HIV and TB: Drug Resistance and Clinical Management Case Book - a book co-authored by two academics from the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies - has been presented to frontline health workers at a workshop in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Weerstand teen medikasie is een van die belangrikste struikelblokke wat programme om MIV en tuberkulose in Afrika te bestry te bowe moet kom. Om hierdie uitdagings die hoof te bied, word 'n begrip vereis van hoe weerstand teen die middels tot stand kom, sowel as vertroudheid met die jongste metodes om weerstand teen die medikasie in MIV- en tuberkulosepasiente te diagnoseer en bestuur.
UKZN's Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, based in the College of health Sciences, has once again made huge strides in HIV management. Recently, the Centre's, Dr Richard Lessells and Dr Tulio de Oliveira together with the University of Pretoria's, Dr. Theresa Rossouw; launched a book entitled, 'HIV and TB: Drug Resistance and Clinical Management Case Book'.
Prof Eric Buch, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, in partnership with European Delegation to South Africa, MRC Inflammation and Immunity Unit and the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, UKZN, invite members of the media to attend the launch of the 'HIV and TB Resistance & Clinical Management Case Book' that is authored by Dr Theresa Rossouw of UP and Drs Richard Lessells and Tulio de Oliveira of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. The details are as follows:
University of Pretoria invites you to attend the launch of the publication HIV and TB resistance & clinical management case book. The invitation is writen in three official South African languages: Afrikaans, English and Sepedi.
We are announcing the organization of the international workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME) in 2013, hosted by the Emerging Pathogens Institute in the warm city of Gainsville and sponsored by several local partners.
Africa Centre, South Africa, 22 February 2013 - Today, colleagues from the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies have published two breakthrough scientific manuscripts at Science.
Organised by the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies and Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) in collaboration with the uMkhanyakude District Health Office. This workshop is aimed at developing knowledge and skills around the prevention and management of drug resistance and treatment failure in both HIV and TB.
Viral phylogenies have wide use: studying evolution, tracing the origin of epidemics, establishing dominant mode of transmission, identifying the apparition of drug resistance, even tracking individual body compartments.
The African Centre for Integrated Laboratory Training (ACILT) present the HIV-1 drug resistance practical course, 22-26 April, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has converted HIV infection from an almost universally fatal illness to a chronic manageable disease. Adherence to therapy is essential for full viral suppression and optimal immune reconstitution.
By Jon Cohen on December 11, 2012 - Nearly 1.5 million people die from tuberculosis every year, even though most cases can be cured with routine antibiotic treatments. One country's fight to get the ancient scourge under control has an unlikely hero: a simple diagnostic test.
BioAfrica, Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN), and the Africa Centre Bioinformatics Unit use art to present scientific facts in Rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. They are involved in many community engagement activities, presenting to African communities about the origin of HIV, the causes and consequences of drug resistance development, and how to successfully manage HIV and tuberculosis (TB) treatment.
The Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) in collaboration with CAPRISA, SATuRN/Africa Centre and the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press hosted Getting to Zero: Showcasing KZN Research on HIV and AIDS on 14 November at the KZNSA Gallery.
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 14-17 Nov 2012, SATuRN researchers Dr. Richard Lessells and Dr. Tulio de Oliveira had a very successful TB conference. In this post we cover their presentations, workshops participation and tweeter coverage.
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, 14 Nov 2012. We have organized and presented an event at the KZN National Art Gallery that portrait our DNA sequencing and Art & Science work.
SATuRN is presenting a talk at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) opening. This symposium has a fantastic scientific program, with some of the leading researchers and funders in the world! Please follow our tweeter coverage!
SATuRN activities were highlighted at the LSHTM TB Centre Annual Retreat, which was held in Downing College, Cambridge.
Researchers based in northern KwaZulu-Natal in rural South Africa are exploring the impact of novel molecular tuberculosis diagnostic system on clinical outcomes for patients with multidrug-resistance TB.
In this third issue of our newsletter we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our network. We hope you enjoy it and find it informative. We welcome any feedback about content or format.
By BIANCA CAPAZORIO - A BABY girl who contracted HIV after being breast-fed by a well-meaning aunt has become the first proven case in SA to have contracted HIV from a surrogate feeder or 'wet nurse'.
A baby girl who contracted HIV after being breast-fed by a well-meaning aunt has become the first proven case in South Africa to have contracted HIV from a surrogate feeder or 'wet nurse'. The case contained in new research highlights the importance of HIV testing of mothers and surrogate feeders at a time when the government is phasing out free infant formula in its clinics.
The Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, Zululand's HIV-AIDS research hub based near Mtubatuba, has revealed the first proven HIV surrogate transmission case in South Africa.
DNA sequencing has provided evidence of HIV-1 transmission from an infected woman breastfeeding her niece in South Africa, drawing attention to infant feeding practices and the need for HIV testing of all breastfeeding surrogates as well as mothers.
A case where an aunt infected her niece with HIV through breastfeeding has drawn attention to feeding practices in South Africa. The case was published in the medical journal Lancet and highlighted the risk of HIV transmission from a surrogate carer, the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies said today.
Sequencing-based diagnostics for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals will be carried out in Africa in order to determine resistance to antiretroviral drugs.
During July, the acclaimed researcher, Dr Tulio de Oliveira from the Southern African Treatment Research Network (SATuRN), was invited to CAPRISA to visit CAPRISA's eThekwini Clinical Research Site. He also presented latest developments on affordable HIV and TB drug resistance testing and open access, public, drug resistance databases to CAPRISA's management team, followed by discussions on possible opportunities for collaboration.
By Nancy A. Melville - WASHINGTON, DC - July 27, 2012 - As antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV becomes widely accessible in Southern Africa, the risk for drug resistances is on the rise, and as many as 1 in 6 adults show acquired drug resistance to standard second-line drug regimens, researchers said here on July 24 at the 19th International AIDS Conference.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Life Technologies today announced a collaboration with the Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) covering sequencing-based diagnostics for HIV patients in Africa.
Life and Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) Partner in Sequencing-Based Surveillance of Drug Resistance
Life Technologies Corporation announced a collaboration with the Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) on sequencing-based diagnostics for HIV-infected individuals in Africa.
WASHINGTON (By Erin Loury, LA Times) - Scaling up the distribution of HIV medication over the last decade has vastly increased the number of people receiving treatment around the world. An estimated 8 million infected people received the antiretroviral drugs in 2011, compared to just 400,000 in 2003.
Drug-resistant HIV has been increasing in parts of sub-Saharan Africa over the last decade, according to experts writing in the Lancet
WASHINGTON, 22-27 July 2012 - We are hosting a meeting, presenting many talks and posters and tweeting on the XIX International AIDS 2012 Conference.
The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society will be hosting its first Conference: Striving for Clinical Excellence, 25-28 November 2012 at the Cape Town ICC.
In this second issue of our newsletter we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our network. We hope you enjoy it and find it informative. We welcome any feedback about content or format.
We participated, presented and tweeted about the 3rd South African TB conference, 12-15 June 2012, ICC, Durban. We had covered all the sessions that present TB drug resistance results. Please find below our tweets from our participation in our national TB conference.
In this exciting new section of bioafrica.net art we feature creative projects that celebrate, investigate and/or communicate biomedical science. Here, we share blogs, news articles, tweets, audio and audiovisual media to increase public awareness of innovative collaborations between art and science.
The newsletter idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life.
BioAfrica & SATuRN Supports this Open Letter!
Open letter to the Medicines Control Council and Ministry of Health on urgent need for compassionate use of bedaquiline for XDR-TB and pre-XDRTB in South Africa.
by Mark Mascolini - Analysis of South Africans with newly diagnosed, untreated HIV infection indicates low levels of transmitted antiretroviral-resistant HIV across the country through 2010 and no evidence of transmitted drug-resistant HIV in rural KwaZulu Natal
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, 24-26 FEB 2012 - A small, highly specialized multidisciplinary team of doctors and statisticians from South Africa, Botswana, the USA and the UK will meet in Durban this weekend with the express purpose of pooling their resources, knowledge and expertise in an attempt to improve understanding the problem of HIV drug resistance in southern Africa.
One of our main aims for this development is for users and collaborators to become more involved in the website. It has added over 100 new webpages to bioafrica.net, including blogs, open access publications, media coverage, clinical cases tutorials and twitter. It has also increased the number of people collaborating in the development of our website!
JOHANNESBURG - The prevalance of HIV-positive people who have developed a resistance to life-prolonging antiretroviral treatment (ART) is a cause for concern for South Africa, scientists warn.
GABARONE - For the first time, Botswana is hosting the Africa HIV/TB Drug Resistance and Clinical Management workshop. The two-day workshop started yesterday at the University of Botswana (UB). Scientists, public health officials and physicians from across the world are attending the event to discuss the growing problem of HIV and TB drug resistance in Southern Africa.
JOHANNESBURG - A group of renowned HIV and TB scientists, public health officials and physicians will meet at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, this coming Monday and Tuesday (7th & 8th of November) to discuss the growing problem of HIV and TB drug resistance in southern Africa.
Indeed, drug resistance is emerging in children on ART in South Africa.
PRETORIA - We would like to draw attention to an HIV-1 drug resistance database, a scientific resource for regional and global HIV research that will enhance surveillance programmes in southern Africa.The database was established by investigators from the Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN), in collaboration with researchers from the United States & Europe. SAT- uRN will provide national de- partments of health with high quality, up-to-date information to guide delivery of antiretroviral ther- apy, helping to ensure the long -term success of antiretroviral treatment programmes.
Jiving with Science is a new public engagement initiative of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. Africa Centre is an international HIV research facility with a partnership HIV testing, treatment and care programme run jointly with the KZN Department of Health. The Mtubatuba-based centre is where the HIV epidemic is one of the most severe in the world, with nearly one in two adults aged 35-40 being infected.
Jiving with Science is a new public engagement initiative of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. The Africa Centre, a joint project of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the Medical Research Council of Southern Africa, is an international HIV research facility with a partnership HIV testing, treatment and care programme run jointly with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health.
Jiving with Science is a new public engagement initiative of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. The Africa Centre, a joint project of the UKZN and the Medical Research Council of Southern Africa, is an international HIV research facility with a partnership HIV testing, treatment and care programme run jointly with the KZN Department of Health. It is based in rural, northern KwaZulu-Natal where the HIV epidemic is one of the most severe in the world with nearly one in two adults aged 35-40 being infected.
RICHARDS BAY - A team from Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies explained the origins of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) for scholars of the Aiglon Society at Grantleigh College last Tuesday. The challenge to incorporate high-level bioinformatics and molecular evolutionary analysis into a high-school format of genetic variation and HIV life cycle was facilitated by senior researcher, Dr Tulio de Oliveira.
by Rachel Nugent, Emma Back, and Alexandra Beith - In an increasingly interconnected world, drug resistance does not stop at a patient's bedside, it threatens global health. It has slowed gains against the fatal ravages of childhood dysentery and pneumonia, drastically increased the costs of fighting tuberculosis and malaria, and imperiled efforts to effectively treat people living with HIV/AIDS. Tens of millions of lives are at stake; quality of life for scores of millions more is under threat.
CAPE TOWN - Believe that anti-retroviral treatment (ART) medication works and get yourself tested. People who are infected with the virus are able to live longer, healthier lives, provided they use their medication and seek treatment early enough. This was the key message Dr. Tulio de Oliveira, a bio-informatics researcher from SATuRN wanted to be convey to the general public.
This week sees yet another crisis point in the Libyan case of six foreign health professionals sentenced to death on charges of injecting hundreds of children with HIV. Declan Butler traces the efforts of scientists to help establish the truth.
CAPE TOWN - A world-class molecular biologist whose research on HIV and anti-retrovirals (ARVs) could dramatically improve the treatment of HIV/Aids in South Africa. Doctor Tulio de Oliveira, an expert in bioinformatics at Oxford University, will join the SA National Bioinformatics Institute at UWC.
New and compelling scientific evidence has emerged in support of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of deliberately spreading HIV to 426 Libyan children in 1998.
A new molecular study provides the strongest scientific evidence yet that six foreign medics held in Libya are innocent of charges that they deliberately infected more than 400 children with HIV. Accumulated mutations in the virus genomes reveal that the outbreak began well before the medics arrived in the country. The Libyan supreme court is set to decide on 19 December whether to execute the medics. It is unclear whether the new study will influence its verdict.
A Libyan court has sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death for knowingly infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.
Alex Duval Smith The Observer, Sunday 17 December 2006 13.12 GMT - The death in Libya six weeks ago of nine-year-old Marwa Annouiji from Aids was much more than just another developing world statistic. In her short, life, dominated by illness, the frail child was a pawn in a high-level game of international relations. Marwa, from al-Bayda on the Mediterranean coast, was the 52nd Libyan child to die as a result, Libya claims, of a deliberate operation by foreign medical workers to pump HIV-infected blood into 426 girls and boys at the al-Fatah Hospital in Benghazi.
LONDON, Dec. 6 (Reuters) - Scientists have produced new evidence that casts doubt on charges against five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused by Libya of deliberately infecting 426 children with the virus that causes AIDS in 1998.
OXFORD - New molecular evidence from Oxford Zoology Department casts significant doubt on charges against six medical workers who are facing execution in Libya.
The medical workers are charged with deliberately contaminating more than 400 children with HIV in 1998.However, new evidence published online in Nature from the Evolutionary Biology Group at Oxford, in collaboration with several European universities, shows that the subtype of HIV involved began infecting patients well before the medical workers arrived in Libya.
International experts in DNA forensics say that a paper published online by Nature this week provides a firm alibi for the six medical workers facing the death penalty in Libya. The workers have been charged with deliberately infecting more than 400 children with HIV in 1998.
LONDON - Scientists have cast doubt on charges that five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor deliberately infected Libyan children with HIV. The medics could face the death penalty if found guilty by a court in Tripoli later this month.
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A coalition from global south to effectively respond to epidemics…
Our vision is to effectively respond to epidemics through pathogen genomics surveillance to enhance biomedical discovery, improving the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of human disease and generating economic opportunities for Africa.
We use our expertise in genomics to identify new variants of pathogens and advance basic and translational science to improve prevention, treatment and vaccines to human disease in Africa.
High-throughput genomics facilities
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CERI will bring together world-class research organizations under the leadership of Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, who joined forces to create the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA). Through the NGS-SA, this has led to South Africa being one of the leading examples in the world of the application of genomics surveillance to SARS-CoV-2.
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The Institute will have access to advanced P3+ biosafety level laboratories and animal models to determine pathogens’ phenotypes.
In collaboration with Prof. Alex Sigal group, we evaluate the effectiveness of vaccines on the neutralization of variants.
We also focus on the identification of antimicrobial resistance and the evaluation of the most appropriate diagnostics and therapies for resistance pathogens.
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CERI has a scientific team that specializes in epidemiology, big data, computational intelligence, and bioinformatics. These analytical skills are necessary to understand how pathogen genetic variation affects the transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and vaccination. We are able to analyze large datasets and provide information on how to guide public health response.
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We are building a team at the School for Data Science and Computational Intelligence to continue use advanced algorithms to identify the first signs of epidemics in Africa..
We have a Hamilton BIOS, which is a fully automated -80C biorepository that can store over 3 million samples. It also allows quick access to samples for genotyping and phenotyping.