SECOND INTENSIVE CLINICAL RESEARCH METHODS WORKSHOP
26TH FEBRUARY TO 1ST MARCH 2012
Following on from the success of the first Intensive Clinical Research Methods Workshop held in May 2011, a second workshop was held on the Spier Estate outside Stellenbosch near Cape Town. The evaluation of the first workshop resulted in the workshop being extended by one day in order to give the students more time in their Protocol Development Groups. Practical sessions on statistical methods were also added to the programme.
There were more applications than we could accommodate. Twenty protocols were chosen, based on protocol submissions, from thirty-four applications. Fourteen delegates came from the African countries of Kenya, The Gambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana and Uganda; the remaining six were from South African institutions.
After a joint introductory lecture by the conveners, Professor Robert J Wilkinson from CIDRI at UCT and Dr Lori Dodd from the NIH in the United States, Professor Danny Altmann gave an informative presentation on the Wellcome Trust Overseas activities. (CIDRI was established through a Strategic award from the Wellcome Trust). This was followed by a presentation by Dr Lesley Henley on The Ethics in Medical Research in Africa. All the delegates then proceeded to a social function.
The following 4 days were filled with intensive work on developing the students’ protocols, often extending informally into the evening. We were fortunate that the following faculty generously gave their time and expertise and attended the full workshop, presenting didactic lectures and working on a one-to-one level with the students. The faculty were all experienced researchers with either strong clinical or statistical backgrounds:
|Professor Robert J Wilkinson||Convener/Clinician||CIDRI, UCT and Imperial College, London|
|Dr Lori Dodd||Convener/Statistician||NIAID at the NIH in the United States|
|Dr Michael Proschan||Statistician||NIAID at the NIH in the United States|
|Professor Howard Clark||Paediatrician||Child Health, University of Southampton in the United Kingdom|
|Dr Adrian Martineau||Clinician-Scientist||Barts and the London Medical School, UK|
|Dr Laura Via||Scientist||NIAID at the NIH in the United States|
|Dr Carl Lombard||Statistician||Biostatistics Unit, MRC, Cape Town, South Africa|
|Dr Anneke Grobler||Statistician||CAPRISA, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Professor Graeme Meintjes||Clinician||CIDRI, UCT|
|Professor Mark Nicol||Clinician-Scientist||Medical Microbiology at UCT|
|Dr Armin Deffur||Clinician||CIDRI and SACORE, UCT|
|Dr Maia Lesosky||Statistician||Dept of Medicine at UCT|
|Dr Hassan Mahomed||Clinician||South African TB Vaccine Initiative, UCT|
|Dr Agnes Kiragga||Statistician||Infectious Diseases Institute, Kampala in Uganda|
|Dr Soyeon Ahn||Statistician||Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea|
The faculty members were ably assisted by Rene Goliath, Derval Reidy and Kathryn Wood from CIDRI at UCT.
The success of the workshop is summarised by the following comments received from both the student and faculty group:
“Excellent course. Thank you! Group work really valuable”
“Thank you all so very much!! Intense, but awesome workshop”
“A great course, very intensive, the presence of statisticians and statistical support is a big plus”
“This was a very worthwhile exercise. I myself benefited from it, and I saw that the students made big leaps forward in many cases.”
Grand Challenges of Latent TB
GC11 Final Meeting
Open Day 25th February 2012
The international GC11 collaborators held their final meeting in Cape Town at the Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek from 24th to 26th February 2012.
This presented a unique opportunity for local Cape Town TB researchers to attend presentations and discuss issues with these experts on Latent TB at the open day held on Saturday 25th February 2012.
In collaboration with the conveners from the United Kingdom, Professor Douglas Young, Professor Brian Robertson and Ms Anne-Marie Fish, Professor Robert J Wilkinson and Ms Kathryn Wood from CIDRI at UCT organized the one-day meeting at the IDM at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town.
Presentations were given by:
|Professor Chris Dye||Director of Health Information at WHO|
|Dr Helen Ayles||Zambart Project in Zambia|
|Professor Robert J Wilkinson||CIDRI Director at UCT (GC11)|
|Professor Gerhard Walzl||CBTBR at University of Stellenbosch|
|Professor JoAnne Flynn||University of Pittsburgh (GC11)|
|Professor David Sherman||Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (GC11)|
|Professor Dirk Schnappinger||Weill Cornell Medical College (GC11)|
|Professor Thomas Dick||National University of Singapore (GC11)|
|Professor Willem Hanekom||CIDRI Co-Director at UCT|
|Professor Clif Barry III||Chief TBRS at NIAID, NIH (GC11)|
|Dr Ken Duncan||Deputy Director, Global Health Discovery, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation|
This highly regarded meeting was well attended, with delegates filling the Wolfson Pavilion Lecture Theatre in the IDM.