Global Health Science News
- 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 & Press; May 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
genomeweb; January 27, 2015
- African Genome Variation Project Enlightens Population History, Provides Basis for Disease Studies
genomeweb; December 3, 2014
- Study set to shape medical genetics in Africa
ScienceDaily; December 3, 2014
- NIH prepares for new MEPI research support in Africa
Fogarty International Center; Global Health Matters; September/October 2014
The NIH has announced it is committed to continuing to foster the next generation of researchers in sub-Saharan Africa and is planning to issue a second round of grants through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI).
- FACT SHEET: U.S.–African Cooperation on Global Health
The White House, Office of the Press Secretary; August 4, 2014
- Concept: NIH-supported Component of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI): Research Career Development of African Junior Faculty
Fogarty International Center; Funding News; August 1, 2014
This component will extend the activities supported under the original MEPI program by providing research training and mentored research opportunities for junior faculty in MEPI-supported African institutions. The goal is to increase the number of faculty with research expertise in order to build the next generation of African researchers.
- The Medical Education Partnership Initiative: Investing in Medical Education in Sub-Saharan Africa
Academic Medicine, August 2014, Volume 89, Supplement 8
A special supplemental issue of Academic Medicine on MEPI accomplishments contains 32 articles on progress by the program to revitalize and expand medical training in sub-Saharan Africa. Read a summary of the supplement's articles from NIH's Fogarty International Center.
- African medical education is being transformed by US program, journal articles report
Global Health Matters, July 30, 2014
Medical education in sub-Saharan Africa is being revitalized and expanded through a U.S.-funded effort, the MEIP program, that is dramatically increasing enrollment, broadening curricula, upgrading Internet access and providing cutting-edge skills labs and other technologies.
- NIH Programs Build Synergy, Capacity in Africa
Global Health Matters, November/December 2013
There is a growing synergy among participants in the NIH Common Fund H3Africa and MEPI programs and other NIH initiatives in Africa. Training programs in biomedical research are bearing fruit as the trainees contribute to cutting-edge research throughout Africa.
- African medical schools see profound culture change
Global Health Matters, September/October 2013
African medical education is evolving quickly as academic institutions harness new technologies and teaching tools, strengthen the breadth and depth of available curricula and ramp up training in rural sites and many of these changes are being spurred by the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI).
- Africa: U.S. Expands Health Research Partnerships in Africa
AllAfrica, October 21, 2013
New NIH grants supporting the H3Africa program, totaling $17 million, will fund research in Africa including two collaborative centers to address stroke and cervical cancer, and various individual projects to research other health conditions prevalent in Africa.
- A database on global health research in Africa
The Lancet, July 5, 2013
Funding data from nine organizations’ portfolio of research activities in sub-Saharan Africa for 2011 and 2012 have been organized on a website called World RePORT.
- First recipients of research grants to support genomic studies in Africa announced
Wellcome Trust, October 8, 2012
- Health care: an African solution
The Lancet, March 26, 2011
In 2006, WHO's World Health Report detailed the perilous state of health-care provision in sub-Saharan Africa. The statistics are familiar to anyone with an interest in global health. The MEPI program is one effort to provide African solutions to health care within Africa by strengthening medical education.
- US Funding to train 140,000 African healthcare workers
Mail & Guardian (South Africa), March 9, 2011
A new programme, called the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (Mepi), funded largely by the United States President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar), will provide $130-million in grants to African institutions, with the aim of strengthening medical education and research training.
- Developing Health Workforce Capacity in Africa
Science, 3 December 2010, Vol. 330
As we mark World AIDS Day, it is important to assess the relationship between the challenges of AIDS prevention and control and the huge gaps in the health workforce needed to address these and other critical shortages. The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has recently partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in an initiative to transform medical education at select medical schools in Africa through a new program. The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) will support local health ministries and academic centers to improve the quantity, quality, and retention of their graduates and improve their research capabilities.
- African medical education gets a $130 million boost in NIH/PEPFAR initiative
Nature, October 07, 2010
When Francis Collins first took the helm at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) last year, he marked global health as one of five “themes” that would receive special priority from his office. A series of Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) grants worth a total of $130 million awarded to universities and health institutes in a dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa announced today shows the NIH director is putting his money where his mouth is.