ACEGID Trains African Scientists on Next-Generation Sequencing for the Detection and Characterization of Mpox Virus

The African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) trained 10 public health scientists in next-generation sequencing (NGS) for the detection and analysis of mpox virus. The 3-week long workshop held from 1st – 21st of April, 2023 at Redeemer’s University, Ede, Nigeria.  Through this workshop, ACEGID built essential capacity for the detection …

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ACEGID and Illumina to Increase Africa’s Genomics Capacity through Establishment of a Joint Training Academy

Today, the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), Redeemer’s University, announced that it will collaborate with Illumina, a global leader in sequencing and array-based technologies, on a joint workforce development training academy, with the objective of increasing Africa’s genomics capacity. In February, ACEGID and Illumina signed a memorandum of understanding, and …

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Monkeypox Pandemic reflects Global Neglect of Africa

Since the recent announcements of monkeypox outbreak in Europe and America, Prof. Christian Happi has granted several interviews to journalists across the world. Here, we present some of the recurring themes of such conversations. These are highlights of our position on the ongoing monkeypox pandemic. What would you say about the recent global media attention …

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ACEGID Trains 100+ Scientists from Over 30 African Countries in One Year

In the last year, the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) has trained over 100 African scientists from more than 30 countries in next-generation sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Covid-19) and other pathogens. This is part of the centre’s effort at building genomics capacity across Africa. The workshops held …

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ACEGID Wins 2021 Al-Sumait Prize for African Development

The African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) is the winner of the 2021 Al-Sumait Prize for African Development. The Board of Trustees of the Al-Sumait Prize made the award announcement recently. ACEGID was awarded the prize “for its leading development of the field of infectious disease genomics, through the high-quality translational research …

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Fully Funded Ph.D. focusing on Reducing Health Risks in Wildlife Trade and Consumption

Applications are open for a fully funded Ph.D. programme at ACEGID, on health risks associated with urban wild meat in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria. The programme is a collaboration between Wageningen University in Netherland and ACEGID at Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. Opening Date: March 5, 2022 Closing Date: March 11, 2022 Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Doctor …

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Recruitment of a PhD Student in the Social Science of COVID-19

We are searching for a PhD candidate interested in helping support an epidemiological sub-study of a new US-funded project. The SICA Study (Sero-epidemiological insight into COVID-19 transmission in Africa) is exploring the transmission of COVID-19 in the DRC and Nigeria. It is a 5-year project funded by the US CDC. The overarching hypothesis of the …

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ACEGID Trains Rwandan Scientists in Next Generation Sequencing of SARS-CoV-2

ACEGID facilitated a three-week training on SARS-CoV-2 sequencing and bioinformatics for Rwandan scientists at the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC). The training was held as a collaboration between ACEGID and RBC from January 31 to February 18, 2022. ACEGID scientists trained participants in the principles and practices of SARS-CoV-2 sequencing steps including sample handling, extraction, amplification, …

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