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Friday, October 30, 2020
A Consensus Study Report on Heritable Human Genome Editing
Genomics research in controlling Neglected Tropical Diseases
Continental bodies collaborate to boost science granting councils
The Association of African Universities (AAU) h
Engaging the youth as malaria ambassadors in Kenya
African Academy of Sciences loses a Fellow
The true cost of doing research in African institutions
Exploring the adaptive capacity of fisheries in Africa
Increasing demand for water and associated ecosystem services is draining freshwater rivers and aquifers, while pollution and changing climate patterns are threatening the quality of aquatic resources of peri-urban lakes in impoverished and low-income African countries...
What are Africa’s priorities for climate change?
Africa contributes least to global greenhouse gas emissions at only 4% yet is hardest hit by the impacts of climate change. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) projections for 2020...
The African Academy of Sciences International Research Management Staff Development Programme – (IRMSDP)
The African Academy of Sciences and Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) UK are launching the International Research Management Staff Development Programme (IRMSDP) to contribute to the strand on developing individual capacity of research management staff. The programme is focusing on knowledge sharing and the development of tools and resources, created by teams consisting of research management professionals from across Africa and the UK.
Setting research priorities to achieve quality maternal health care in Africa
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is implementing the African Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Priority Setting programme, which is engaging Africa’s science leaders and political stakeholders to identify the top scientific priorities that, if addressed, offer the highest return on investment for Africa’s sustainable development. Over a five-year period, the programme will be developing, publishing and disseminating to relevant stakeholders, a set of position papers communicating the top 10 scientific priorities for Africa. In this blog, AAS Grand Challenges Africa members Dr Moses Alobo and Colette Adhiambo, detail the process for setting R&D priorities for maternal, neonatal and child health and why these are important for Africa.
Improving blood screening for safer transfusion practices
Dr Sophie Uyoga is a medical research scientist, and an IDeAL fellow with an interest in blood transfusion and how to improve blood quality to aid patients’ recovery and survival post-transfusion. The Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL) is supported by the African Academy of Sciences programme, the Developing Excellence, Leadership and Training in Science in Africa (DELTAS Africa). IDeAl is a high-quality training programme that aims to develop outstanding young African scientists into world class research leaders. It is available to young researchers, from undergraduate research attachments to postdoctoral fellowships, with the aim of keeping scientists at African institutions through a defined programme of recruitment, supervision, mentorship, multidisciplinary approaches and clear career paths.
Announcing the 2020 Africa-India Mobility Fund Awardees
The Africa India Mobility Fund (AIMF) was set up by the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance (India Alliance) and the African Academy of Sciences’ (AAS) in 2018 to foster south-south research collaborations and learning between the two ecosystems.
AIMF was set up in recognition of the fact that Africa and India face similar challenges, both in the diseases that affect their populations and socio-political issues as well as the leadership required to address these. AIMF catalyzes exchanges expected to enhance the skills of Indian and African researchers and contribute to the growth of knowledge and leadership towards common health challenges. So far, 8 African and Indian researchers have been supported through this Fund. Find their details here.