Cambridge-Africa

Cambridge-Africa Supported Courses & Workshops

Courses and workshops supported by the Cambridge-Africa Programme, or that other initiatives at the University of Cambridge support or participate in, are listed below. These take place mostly in Africa.

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Tuesday 11th April 2017

Joint Computer-Aided Drug Design Workshop

Held at the University of Ghana, 11-13 April 2017

Dr Mary Chama from The University of Ghana, Legon, organized a joint workshop on Computer-Aided Drug Design Methods together with an academic from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King’s College, Dr Andreas Bender, as well as several other researchers from across Europe. The meeting was supported by the CAPREx and the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund. The meeting was attended by about 35 undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and academics from the University of Ghana and institutions across the country, and topics covered included bioinformatics methods employed in drug design, as well as computational methods to anticipate compound toxicity.  Lectures and hands-on practicals were given by both external and local experts.

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Monday 20th March 2017

Immunology in the Tropics

UVRI, Uganda 20th March - 1st April 2017

The annual, specialist 'Immunology in the Tropics' course was held at the Uganda Virus Research Unit (UVRI) in Entebbe, with a focus on helminths. This is an advanced course ideally suited to PhD and MSc candidates, as well as clinicians and lecturers wishing to update their Immunology knowledge. Cambridge researcher Dr Shona Wilson, who is linked to Cambridge-Africa and often contributes to this course in person, presented a number of lectures for this year's course via videoconference from the Cambridge-Africa base.

More Info (muii.org.ug)

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Friday 24th February 2017

Bakubung Workshop

Capacity building for the bioeconomy in Africa

BBSRC-funded Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) workshop held at Bakubung, South Africa in February 2017. The workshop explored practical applications for Synthetic Biology and development of the bioeconomy in Africa. University of Cambridge researchers Prof Jim Haseloff (Director of OpenPlant), Dr Jenny Molloy Coordinator (OpenPlant and Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative Coordinator), Dr Jim Ajioka (Senior Lecturer, Department of Pathology), Ms Carol Ibe (Gates PhD scholar) participated in designing and organising the workshop.

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Monday 5th September 2016

DrosAfrica Workshop

ICIPE, Nairobi 5 - 17 September 2016

DrosAfrica will take place at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi (Kenya), from September the 5th to the 17th, 2016.

More Info (kenya2016.drosafrica.org)

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Monday 11th July 2016

Third Workshop on Molecular Biology, Pathogenesis and Diagnostics of Neglected Diseases

University Of Ghana, 11 - 22 July 2016

This third workshop on Molecular Biology, Pathogenesis and Diagnostics of Neglected Diseases (sponsored by the Leverhulme trust and the Royal Society) was aimed at training graduates, post graduates and healthcare professionals from various institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

More Info (accbip.org)

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Tuesday 17th May 2016

Politics of Conservation and Development in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda, 17-18 May 2016

The workshop was held to discuss the aims, objectives, content, audience and dissemination of the proposed book with the Uganda-based authors. The first day was mostly spent discussing the overall framing and aims of the book, whereas the second day was mostly spent discussing specific chapters and next steps.

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Friday 8th April 2016

"Writing Christian Biographies" convened by Dr Paddy Musana and Professor David Maxwell

Makerere University, Uganda, 8 April 2016

The event drew about 30 academics from Makerere and other universities and theological colleges across Kampala. Among these participants was former CAPREx fellow, Dr Helen Nambalirwa.

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Wednesday 16th September 2015

PCR Workshop on Molecular Malacology

National Institute Medical Research, Mwanza, Tanzania 16

The training benefited 15 participants including technicians and early stage researchers. The course was organised by Dr Shona Wilson, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge

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Monday 6th July 2015

Molecular Biology, Pathogenesis, and Diagnostics of Neglected Diseases

University of Ghana, Legon, 6 - 17 July 2015

A 10-day workshop on the molecular biology of neglected disease (trypanosomiasis, Leishmaniasis, etc.) pathogenesis and diagnostic development. University of Cambridge facilitators: Professor Mark Carrington, Dr Angela Schwede and Dr Simone Weyand. All three were from the Department of Biochemistry in Cambridge.

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Tropical forest ecosystems in Madagascar

Sunday 14th December 2014

Tropical forest ecosystems in Madagascar

Kirindy Forest, Madagascar, 14 November - 14 December 2014

The Tropical Biology Association was founded and is currently directed by Dr Rosie Trevalyn of the Department of Zoology in Cambridge. University of Cambridge collaborators: Professor Tim Clutton-Brock FRS and Professor Paul Brakefield.

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Saturday 29th November 2014

Big Data analysis: THRiVE bioinformatics workshop

Icipe, Nairobi, 29 November 2014

Icipe (African Insect Science for Food and Health) partnered with researchers from Cambridge to host a workshop to share the tools of the genomics revolution and train more African scientists in big data analytics. Supported by the Cambridge-Africa Programme, the aim of the course was to teach programming and analytics skills for working with DNA sequencing data. Icipe worked with the charity TReND in Africa, which supports university level teaching and research in natural sciences through lab equipment donations and hands-on training programmes.

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Monday 29th September 2014

Building an African Biomedical Research Community using Drosophila in Biomedical Research

Institute of Biomedical Research, Kampala International University, Uganda, 29 September - 11 October 2014

The course included an introduction to Developmental Biology and animal models; Drosophila as a model system for human diseases, with special focus on cancer, wound healing and immune system, infections and behavioural diseases. University of Cambridge facilitators: Dr. Francis Jiggings, Dr. Isabel Palacios and Dr. Timothy Weil. Supported by the Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund.

More Info (drosophilamelanogasteratuganda.blogspot.co.uk)

A Symposium on West African Art in Context

Saturday 20th September 2014

A Symposium on

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, 20 - 21 September 2014

This was jointly arranged by the Nigerian Field Society (NFS), UK Branch and the African Archaeology Group in Cambridge. The programme included a session on Modern Nigerian Arts and Crafts, led by Pat Oyelola (Institute of African Studies, Ibadan). University of Cambridge participants: Dr Matthew Davies.

More Info (cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk)

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Monday 11th August 2014

3rd IBRO/ARC School on Insect Neuroscience and Drosophila Neurogenetics - Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 11 - 30 August 2014

Teaching and Research in Neuroscience for Development in Africa. The course was divided into three weeks; Week 1 - general theoretical and practical introduction to the field, Week 2 - theoretical lectures common to all students and a series of alternative practical modules. University of Cambridge collaborators: Dr Jelena Aleksic and Dr Isabel Peset Martin. Supported by the Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund.to

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Wednesday 6th August 2014

Tropical forest ecosystems in Tanzania

Amani Nature Reserve, East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania, 6 August - 5 September 2014

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Monday 7th July 2014

Molecular Biology, Pathogenesis, and Diagnostics of Neglected Diseases

University of Ghana, Accra, 7 - 18 July 2014

A 10 day workshop on the molecular biology of neglected disease (trypanosomiasis, Leishmaniasis etc) pathogenesis and diagnostic development. University of Cambridge facilitators: Dr Angela Schwede and Professor Mark Carrington. Sponsored by Cambridge-Africa Programme.

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Friday 27th June 2014

Tropical forest ecosystems in Uganda

Kibale Forest, Uganda, 27 June - 27 July 2014

The Tropical Biology Association was founded and is currently directed by Dr Rosie Trevalyn of the Department of Zoology in Cambridge. University of Cambridge collaborators: Professor Tim Clutton-Brock FRS and Professor Paul Brakefield.

Research Management and Administration Ghana and Uganda

Wednesday 14th May 2014

Workshop: Research Management and Administration - Ghana and Uganda

University of Ghana, Legon, 14 - 16 May 2014

University of Cambridge facilitators: Ms Debbie West-Lewis and Mr Michael Dinig at the Research Operations Office.

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More Info (cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk)

Skills in Mitochondrial Research

Monday 7th April 2014

The Energy Within: Workshop on skills in Mitochondrial Research

University of Ghana, Legon, 7 - 10 April 2014

Workshop aim: discuss recent advances in mitochondrial research with particular emphasis on mitochondrial physiology and function. Bring to the fore the important role of mitochondria in natural product research with emphasis on medicinal plant research. Practical skills taught: isolation of mitochondria from different tissues, preparation of tissue fibres, measurement of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation using both simple Clark type and complex high-resolution oxygen electrode. University of Cambridge facilitators: Dr Andrew Murray and James Horscroft. Supported by the Cambridge-Africa Alborada and CAPREx Funds

Immunology in the tropics

Thursday 20th March 2014

Immunology in the tropics

Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Entebbe, Uganda, 10 - 12 March 2014

Two short courses run each year, March and September, in partnership with Makerere University and on site site at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Entebbe, Uganda. The intensive modular courses are designed for graduates and laboratory researchers. These course are aimed at postgraduate level. University of Cambridge Collaborator: Dr Shona Wilson.

More Info (muii.org.ug)

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Friday 17th May 2013

Inspiring the next generation of scientists in Sierra Leone

Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, 17 May 2013

2013 Science Education Workshop held in Freetown, Sierra Leone. University of Cambridge facilitator: Dr Stephen John Middleton and Bridget Bannerman-Chukualim

More Info (scienceresourcesafrica.com)