Global Health Science News

 

 

  • Multi-sectoral approach needed to address Africa’s weak health systems
    Graphic Online; August 11, 2017 
     
  • Epidemic of trauma and injury exert unequal force on AfricaGhana
    News Agency; August 1, 2017
     
  • Edie and ClimateCare extend partnership to support clean cooking
    Edie.Net; July 6,2017
    ClimateCare’s Gyapa stoves project brings energy efficient, clean cooking technology to low income households in Ghana. Household adoption of these clean cookstoves reduces exposure to hazardous indoor air pollutants, a primary cause of respiratory disease, improving the health of the cooks, typically women and children.
     
  • How the genomics revolution could finally help Africa
    Nature News; April 5, 2017
    The genomes of Africans and people of recent African descent house a huge amount of diversity that scientists have only begun to explore.
     
  • Forging a genomics research path across Africa
    NHGRI News; December 6, 2016
    NIH-backed African scientists are engaged in a global research endeavor to understand the genetic basis of disease in all populations. But this can only be done by including populations that are the most genetically diverse.
     
  • Advancing HIV/AIDS treatment and research in Houston and beyond
    Baylor College of Medicine Press Release; December 1, 2016
    Baylor is a member of the Collaborative African Genomics Network (CAfGEN) within H3Africa that is working to understand the genetic and genomic factors that affect the progression of HIV and tuberculosis in children in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, six H3African trainees have conducted research at Baylor to look into why some HIV-infected children can control the infection for years without needing anti-retroviral therapy to prevent AIDS.
     
  • A made-in-Africa genetic chip could revolutionize medicine made for Africans
    Quartz Africa; November 11, 2016
    African populations have historically been understudied and underrepresented in genetics-focused research. H3Africa has created the first DNA chip that specifically targets genetic variation in African populations and people of African descent. It could lead to new treatments that work better on Africans.
     
  • Mauritian President supports African Genomic Research
    The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa Press Release; October 29, 2016
    For too long, Africa’s resources have been traded as raw material. Yet, the transformation of these resources and the translation of its ancestral knowledge could transform the continent. The President of Mauritius, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, gave the opening address of the Ninth H3Africa Conference and highlighted the role that the H3Africa consortium is playing in advancing Africa’s development agenda.
     
  • Centre of gravity for African research funding shifts closer to Africa
    The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa Press Release; October 27, 2016
    The Wellcome Trust is shifting the center of gravity of its funding for African science from the UK to the continent itself by handing over two major research programs to the African Academy of Sciences’ Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AAS-AESA).
     
  • H3Africa Consortium Array Available Soon
    iLLumina; October 13, 2016
    H3Africa has developed a pan-African genotyping array that will contain significantly more African representation than any other array, including at least 8 populations that have not previously been sequenced, and thus will provide a substantial improvement in sensitivity for African genome wide association studies
     
  • Genomics is failing on diversity
    Nature; October 12, 2016
    Of the roughly 2,500 GWAS studies involving nearly 35 million samples, around 80% are from participants of European descent. This presents a problem because it can exacerbate inequalities in health care that rely on GWAS findings. The H3Africa Consortium, established to help build infrastructure and genomics expertise across Africa, is also helping to increase representation from non-European populations in genomics studies.
     
  • The 6th MEPI/NEPI Symposium gives birth to the African Forum for Research and Education in Health, AFREhealth
    African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST); August 2016
    During the 6th Annual MEPI Symposium, African Forum for Research and Education in Health AFREhealth was launched as a sustainability measure and way forward for MEPI to continue fostering research and education in Africa.
     
  • Uganda: New Genomics Study to Help Children With HIV and Tuberculosis
    All Africa; July 6, 2016
    The Collaborative African Genomics Network (CAfGEN), a H3Afric) Initiate consortium project has just been started to conduct a three-year genomic study in Uganda, Botswana and Swaziland focusing on the genetic traits of HIV and TB progression among children.
     
  • Blue Waters Supercomputer Changing Genetic Medicine in Africa
    HPC Wire; June 14, 2016
    University of Cape Town Professor and H3Africa investigator Nicola Mulder partnered with HPCBio to perform genomic analysis on DNA from diverse African populations using a supercomputer, Blue Waters, from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
     
  • Establishing an African Association for Health Professions Education and Research—Workshop in Brief
    The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine; April 19, 2016
    Can the achievement of MEPI be continued and expanded through a more permanent African Society? The NIH asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene a workshop to discuss this question.
     
  • KNUST Launches Twi Medical Glossary
    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Media & PressMay 6, 2016
    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has launched a Twi Medical Glossary for clinical students and health workers. The booklet was produced as part of activities under the National Institutes of Health/PEPFAR funded Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Project at KNUST.
     
  • CAfGEN Collaborative Makes Headway in Work on Pediatric HIV Genomics in Africa
    GenomeWeb; January 15, 2016
    The Collaborative African Genomics Network (CAfGEN), part of H3Africa, is studying genetic factors involved in HIV disease progression in children and hopes to identify rare variants that influence disease progression. Elucidating new genes influencing HIV progression could potentially lead to more targeted therapies.
     
  • H3Africa spurs range of genomic research, training
    Q and A with Dr Nicola Mulder on bioinformatics and H3Africa
    Global Health Matters; November/December 2015
     
  • Human Genome Project: Twenty-five Years of Big Biology
    Nature; September 30, 2015
    The 13 year quest to sequence all three billion base pairs of the human genome demanded that diverse groups of scientists work together in large consortiums to address research problems that are impossible to accomplish alone. This lesson is now helping to foster collaborations between 32 research groups in 15 African countries as they work together through the Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) program to enhance genomics research in Africa.
     
  • Zimbabwe: U.S. Supports HIV & Aids Innovation Sharing
    AllAfrica; July 16, 2015
    The fifth annual Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) symposium will be held from 14-16 July 2015 in Harare, Zimbabwe. The theme of the symposium is: Sustaining MEPI Achievements: Leadership built, lessons learnt and partnerships created towards an AIDS-free generation.
     
  • Illumina, Collaborators Design Multi-Ethnic Genotyping Array to Empower GWAS in Diverse Populations
    genomewebJanuary 27, 2015

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