South African Immunology Society meeting - Cradle of Mankind Johannesburg, 5 - 8 December 2010
The Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Initiative offered registration, travel and accommodation bursaries to African scientists in training, from outside South Africa, to attend the 2nd South African Immunology Society Conference in the Cradle of Humankind outside Johannesburg, South Africa, from 5th to 8th December 2010.
Professor Willem Hanekom is the out-going president of the Society as well as the Co-Director of CIDRI.
Abstracts, curriculum vitaes and letters of motivation were submitted and this resulted in the award of 12 bursaries, awarded on scientific merit. 11 of the 12 presented posters and 1 delegate delivered an oral presentation.
All the award holders expressed a great appreciation for the bursaries and felt that the conference had been extremely beneficial for their research careers. All the delegates from outside Johannesburg stayed at the Ingwenya Country Escape and this afforded the bursary holders opportunities to discuss their research with the South African and international speakers at an individual level. This networking opportunity was really appreciated especially the workshops on guidelines for applying for funding for future research. This was presented by Professors Robert J Wilkinson and Frank Brombacher.
Bursaries were awarded to the following delegates:
Dr Christelle Mbondji from Centre Pasteur in Cameroon
Sheila Kimaro from Wellcome Trust Kilifi Centre in Kenya
Tonney Nyirenda from Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Centre in Blantyre, Malawi
Guillaume Sanou from University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Amidou Diarra also from Burkina Faso was unable to attend in person but sent his poster.
Dr Elisa Nemes from Chantal Biya International Reference Centre in Yaounde, Cameroon
Jacqueline Kyosiimire-Lugemwa from MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS in Entebbe, Uganda
Joy Baseke from Uganda – Case Western Research University Collaboration Immunology laboratory
Betty Oliver Auma from MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS
Andrew Obuku from MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS
Ruth Nyakundi from Institute of Primate Research, Nairobi, Kenya
Susan Mugaba from the MRC in Uganda
CIDRI and Wellcome Trust Fellows meeting, 18th October 2010
A one-day meeting was held at the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, in the Wolfson Pavilion Lecture Theatre.
Professor Robert J Wilkinson, CIDRI Director, gave an overview of the reasons behind the progress of CIDRI.
CIDRI fellows who have held awards for at least six months and Wellcome Trust fellows based at the Institute were invited to present their current research projects. The result was an interesting and informative day of research findings.
5 CIDRI Post Graduate Scholarship holders and 4 Post Doctoral Fellows presented work:
- Mrs Rabecca Tadokera
- Ms Kariema Dhansay
- Ms Ntokozo Dambuza
- Dr Johan van der Watt
- Dr Phumla Sinxadi
- Dr Putuma Gqamana
- Dr Alex Zawaira
- Dr Nobubelo Ngandu
- Dr Suzana Savvi
Wellcome Trust Fellows who also presented their research:
- Dr Jo-Ann Passmore
- Dr Darren Martin
- Mrs Kerryn Matthews
- Professor Mark Nicol
- Dr David Lowe
- Dr Tom Scriba
- Assoc. Professor Graeme Meintjes
- Professor Stephen Lawn
The meeting was followed by a cocktail reception in the IDM foyer.
Wellcome Trust Frontiers meeting, 11 to 13th February 2010
Applying new technologies to the epidemiology, prediction and control of antibiotic resistance in developing countries
CIDRI contributed to the organisation of this meeting which was held at the Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch.
UCT researchers present included:
Stephen Lawn and
B Gay Elisha.
Robert J Wilkinson presented a plenary lecture ‘Antitubercular Drug resistance in the context of epidemic HIV associated tuberculosis in South Africa’.
Distinguished attendees included:
Nirmal K Ganguly (National Institute for Immunology, New Delhi),
Nicholas J White (Oxford University Mahidol programme, Bangkok),
Stanley Falkow (Stanford University),
Gordon Dougan (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute),
Duncan Maskell (University of Cambridge),
Peter Smith (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Governor of the Wellcome Trust) and Chair of the CIDRI ISAB,
Keith Klugman (Emory University).