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Why KRISP? KRISP challenges the status quo to create a scientific environment in South Africa that drives innovations & reverses the brain drain. - 2017-12-31

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and UKZN have signed an agreement for the establishment of KRISP - the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform.


Integrating Assisted Partner Services and Phylogenetics for HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention in Nairobi - 2017-11-17

KRISP Talks by Dr. Aliza Monroe-Wise, University of Washington, 16 November 2017 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!


Real-time genomic epidemiology for outbreak response: Lessons and insights from the 2014-2016 Ebola virus epidemic - 2017-11-16

KRISP Talks by Prof. Andrew Rambaut, Edinburgh University, 15 November 2017 (15:00 - 16:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!


Five (5) KRISP positions open in Durban! Grants Manager, Office Admin, Molecular Technologist, DNA Data & Laboraroty Quality administrators. - 2017-11-04

KRISP staff are based in a state of the art building in Durban and have access to fast advancing technologies such as genomics, epigenetics, bioinformatics and epidemiology.


Improving the estimation of temporal trends in HIV incidence by calibrating agent-based simulation models to multiple data sources - 2017-10-23

KRISP Talks by Dr. Wim Delva, SACEMA (Stellenbosch), 23 October 2017 (11:00am - 12:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!


X-meeting - 13th International Conference of the AB3C, Sao Pedro, Brazil, Oct 4-6, 2017 - 2017-10-04

Bioinformatics is now a strategic area for Brazil and all Latin America and, therefore, it is also strategic to the development of Science, Technology and Economy. The X-Meeting is a Brazilian event with international reach which has an average of 400 participants.


Paediatric HIV Infection: Elite Control, Remission and Cure - 2017-09-20

KRISP Talks by Prof. Philip Goulder, Oxford University, 20 September 2017 (14:00 - 15:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!


11th Annual Workshop on Advanced Clinical Care - AIDS (AWACC), Durban, South Africa, 6-7 Sep 2017 - 2017-09-06

The workshop is targeted at 400 clinicians, clinical virologists and nurses working in the public sector who are currently involved in the treatment of patients with HIV and TB in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


22nd International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME), Lisbon, Portugal - 2017-08-27

The workshop provides both theoretical and practical training in phylogenetic inference and evolutionary hypothesis testing. It is recognized as one of the best international virus bioinformatics courses. It covers sequence analysis, phylogenetics, phylodynamics methods and large scale methods for next-generation sequencing (NGS) analytics


A multi-centre analysis of internal migration and AIDS/TB and NCD-related mortality in Kenya and South Africa - 2017-08-23

KRISP Talks by Dr Carren Ginsburg, SAMRC/Wits Rural Public Health & Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), 23 August 2017 (11am - midday), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!


KRISP Newsletter - July 2017: news, videos, blogs, publications and training events - 2017-08-01

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about KRISP work. In this July 2017 issue of our newsletter, we have included interesting news, videos, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training events of KRISP


Enabling Infectious Disease Transmission Research - 2017-07-27

KRISP Researcher and Fulbright scholar Dr. Eduan Wilkinson news from the US: HiPerGator supercomputer is enabling infectious disease transmission research in UF's Emerging Pathogens Institute.


KRISP & SANTHE trainee wins Best Abstract at DELTAS Africa meeting - 2017-07-20

Friday, 7 July, 2017, Dr Marcel Tongo Passo, a SANTHE Post-doctoral trainee, has won a "Best Abstract" award at the DELTAS (Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science) Africa Annual Grantees Meeting 2017, held in Accra, Ghana, between 3 to 5 July. Passo is based at KRISP (KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform) and HPP (HIV Pathogenesis Programme) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


Durban at the forefront of DNA research - KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform - KRISP - 2017-07-15

By Arthi Gopi, Independent on Saturday Newspaper - KRISP atrracts the brightest - Durban is leading the way in DNA research, having attracted some of the brightest minds in the science field, in a new state-of-the-art lab in the city.


KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (KRISP) Established - 2017-07-12

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and UKZN have signed an agreement for the establishment of KRISP - the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform.


Seminar: Can the type of jeans you wear determine your treatment response? - 2017-06-23

KRISP Talks by Professor Bonga Chiliza, Discipline of Psychiatry: College of Health Sciences, UKZN, 23 June 2017, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!


Newsletter, Jan-Mar 2017: 'Alarming' drug resistance levels, novel next generation sequencing method and the origin of HIV, SATuRN & CAPRISA workshop - 2017-03-31

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our research work. In this Jan-Mar 2017 issue of our newsletter, we have included interesting open access publications, news, blogs, reports, tweets, and training information produced by our group.


KRISP/SATuRN & CAPRISA 2017: HIV & TB Drug Resistance and Advanced Care Workshop - 2017-03-30

The workshop is targeted at clinicians, clinical virologists and nurses working in the public sector who are currently involved in the treatment of patients with HIV and TB in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


CD4+ Count Not Useful to Assess ART Response in HTLV-1/HIV Coinfection - 2017-03-21

Patients coinfected with human T-cell lymphotropic virus 1 (HTLV-1) and HIV continue to have elevated CD4+ T-cell counts, even though there is no difference in their HIV viral load levels after antiretroviral therapy when compared with patients who just have HIV (Curr HIV Res 2017).


Seminar: Microbial genome-wide association studies: lessons from human GWAS - 2017-03-17

KRISP Talks by Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, College of Health Sciences, UKZN & CAPRISA Research Associate, 17 March 2017, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa


Prevalence of drug-resistant HIV reaches 'alarming levels' in Aruba - 2017-03-17

The prevalence of resistance to nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors among HIV-infected individuals has increased to 'alarming levels' in Aruba, reaching 45% in 2015, see our recent publication at CID.


Perspective: Extreme high-level of drug resistance in Aruba: We need ITI-based regimens available globally now! - 2017-03-17

Perspective by Carlos del Rio, MD Professor of medicine, division of infectious diseases, Emory University School of Medicine on our recent CID manuscript on high-level transmitted resistance epidemic in Aruba.


We have been awarded a collaborative grant from SANTHE/Wellcome Trust programme in Africa - 2017-02-28

The Wellcome Trust DELTAS funded SANTHE program awarded seven grants to develop collaborative research projects to address critical challenges to African capacity in HIV and/or TB clinical, social/behavioural, and biomedical science.


Swiss South African Symposium on Pathogen Genomics - 2017-02-23

The National Research Foundation and Swiss National Science Foundation through their Swiss-South Africa programme, have funded a project entitled: A context-based knowledge resource integrating HIV and Mtb molecular biology with host-pathogen and drug-resistance data. As part of the project, the University of Cape Town Computational Biology Division and our research group at UKZN are hosting a symposium on pathogen genomics.


Seminar: Differential HLA-A Expression Levels and the Effect on HIV - 2017-01-27

KRISP Talks by Dr Veron Ramsuran, Senior Lecturer: College of Health Sciences, UKZN, 27 January 2017, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa


Newsletter, Dec 2016: Ethics & phylogenetics, HIV transmission cycle, UNAIDS Report, Drug resistance increases in Africa - 2016-12-15

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our research work. In this December 2016 issue of our newsletter, we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our group.


Ethics and Viral Genomics: An Exploration of Ethical Issues Associated with HIV Phylogenetics - 2016-12-09

This is a half-day interactive workshop, which seeks to explore and deliberate on key ethical issues associated with HIV phylogenetic analysis as applied in our understanding of HIV transmission dynamics, particularly in African settings. Keynote presentations will be followed by plenary discussions led by the speakers.


Unrelenting spread of HIV amongst Adolescent girls and young women in rural and urban KwaZulu-Natal - 2016-12-01

By Professor Ayesha Kharsany, December 1, 2016, Durban - Globally, over 1.6 billion people are in the age group 12-24 years, the largest generation of adolescents and young people. However, almost 42% of new HIV infections occur in this age group, nearly 80% of these live in sub-Saharan Africa and more than 70% of these infections occur in adolescent girls and young women. Not only do these adolescent girls and young women have higher rates of HIV, they also acquire infection 5-7 years earlier than their male peers.


Two manuscripts featured in the Lancet website front webpage on AIDS day. - 2016-12-01

Two of our recently published manuscripts (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016 & Gregson et al Lancet Infectious Diseases 2016) are highlighed in the Lancet website front webpage...


UNAIDS Report 2016 - Get on the Fast-Track - The life-cycle approach to HIV - 2016-11-22

In this report, UNAIDS is announcing that 18.2 million people now have access to HIV treatment. The Fast-Track response is working. Increasing treatment coverage is reducing AIDS-related deaths among adults and children. But the life-cycle approach, which highlight our phylogenetics manuscript (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016), has to include more than just treatment.


More than 18 million on HIV treatment, a million more than 2015: UNAIDS 2016 Report - 2016-11-22

More than 18 million people now have access to life-saving AIDS treatment, 1.2 million more than at the end of last year, the United Nations said on Monday. With detailed data showing some of the many complexities of the HIV epidemic, the report found that people are particularly vulnerable to HIV at certain points in their lives (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016). It called for 'life-cycle; approach to offer help and prevention measures for everyone at every stage of life.


10th Annual Workshop on Advanced Clinical Care - AIDS (AWACC) - 2016-10-06

This AWACC annual workshop is in the 10th edition and it is organized as a joint effort of the Centre for AIDS research (CFAR) of Harvard Medical School, SATuRN, CAPRISA, UKZN and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health. AWACC objecitve is to translate the latest evidence-based research and apply best practice models of care into good clinical practice, specifically for resource constrained areas.


SATuRN Newsletter, 3rd quarter, 2016: SATuRN/CAPRISA, Rural vs Urban resistance levels, PhD fellowships, AWACC workshop - 2016-10-01

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of SATuRN. In this third 2016 issue of our newsletter we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our network. We hope you enjoy it and find it informative. We welcome any feedback about content or format.


4th Joint Congress of the South African Society for Bioinformatics (SASBi) and the South African Genetics Society (SAGS) - 2016-09-23

The biennial SASBi and SAGS congresses are the premier national scientific meetings on bioinformatics and genetics in South Africa. In total, 187 participats delivered 40 oral presentations and 65 posters in SASBi-SAGS-2016. This congress provided an exciting opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research in both disciplines, and to network with members of the two societies and with leading international scientists.


PhD Fellowships: 2x postions at CAPRISA on Genomics, Bioinformatics, HIV-1 Drug resistance and/or Phylogenetics - 2016-08-24

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) at CAPRISA aims to develop and retain South African scientists and professionals of the highest calibre.


PhD Fellowship I: Genomics, Bioinformatics & Drug Resistance - 2016-08-23

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) at CAPRISA aims to develop and retain South African scientists and professionals of the highest calibre. The genomics and bioinformatics project in HIV-1 drug resistance is inter-disciplinary in nature and involves collaboration between the CAPRISA's MRC HIV-TB Pathogenesis and Treatment Research Unit and the Flagship Program of the MRC, which are two of the most prestigious research programs in South Africa.


PhD Fellowship II: Genomics, Bioinformatics, Epidemioloy and Phylogenetics - 2016-08-23

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) at CAPRISA aims to develop and retain South African scientists and professionals of the highest calibre. The genomics and bioinformatics project in HIV-1 phylogenetics and molecular epidemiology is inter-disciplinary in nature and involves collaboration between the CAPRISA's MRC HIV-TB Pathogenesis and Treatment Research Unit and the Flagship Program of the MRC, which are two of the most prestigious research programs in South Africa.


Social cycle aids HIV spread - 2016-07-21

Nature (Vol. 535, pp. 335, 2016) report our recent results on the use of genetic sequences to uncover HIV-1 transmission patterns in young woman in South Africa (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016). The paper was presented as a Keynote at AIDS 2016 conference.


Studies Offer Fresh Hope in Fight Against HIV/AIDS in South Africa. - 2016-07-18

Researchers with the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, or CAPRISA, a consortium of South African and North American scientists, analyzed genetic codes (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016) from study subjects in South Africa to try to pinpoint biological factors that may contribute, along with behavioral factors, to the large number of infections.


South Africa's bid to end AIDS - 2016-06-29

Science magazine (Vol. 353, Issue 6294, pp. 18-21, 2016). This issue was published before the AIDS conference in Durban 2016 and highlights some of our research, including our treatment as prevention trial (TasP) as well our phylogenetic analysis (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016).


First two South African MSc students graduate from the MRC Flagship Program: Inspiring blogs about their experiences and achievements - 2016-04-15

Megan Druce and Sthembiso Msweli are two very bright South Africans who have successfully completed their MSc as part of the UKZN Flagship program at the MRC. They both wrote inspiring blogs, the first is about a Cum Laude degree which allowed the award of a scholarship for a PhD in Germany, the second is about the history of a laboratory technologist from rural KZN, who after graduating was promoted to laboratory manager...


SATuRN Newsletter, 2016: SATuRN/CAPRISA, Increase transmitted resistance, TDF global resistance - 2016-04-01

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of SATuRN. In this first 2016 issue of our newsletter we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our network. We hope you enjoy it and find it informative. We welcome any feedback about content or format.


21st International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME) - 2016-03-15

The 21st International Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME2016) will be hosted by the Korea University College of Medicine, 14-19 August, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Abstract deadline: 15 March 2016


Seminar: A phylodynamic view of the HIV epidemic in KwaZulu-Natal - 2016-03-11

KRISP Talks by Dr David Rasmussen, Postdoc Research Fellow, ETH Zurich, 11 March 2016, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa


Seminar: Sources of HIV infection among men having sex with men and implications for prevention - 2016-02-05

KRISP Talks by Oliver Ratmann, Research Fellow, Department Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College of London & UKZN MRC Research Fellow, 06 February 2016, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa


SATuRN & AWACC workshop - 19-20 November 2015, Durban, South Africa - 2015-11-19

The SATuRN 10th Southern African HIV & TB Drug Resistance and Treatment Monitoring Workshop will be run together with the Annual Workshop on Advanced Clinical Care - AIDS (AWACC) - Durban, South Africa, 19 to 20 November 2015


Positions open! Bioinformatics Software Developer & Scientific Manager - 2015-09-15

Africa Centre through its European Commission Virogenesis Project & MRC Flagship Programmer wish to recruit a 1) Software Developer & 2) Bioinformatics Scientific Manager.


Seminar: Is HIV-1 subtype C more pathogenic than other subtypes? - 2015-08-21

We cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof Thumbi Ndungu from K-RITH and HPP/UKZN, 21 August 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa


Research travel grants: Doctoral or post-doctoral students to Wellcome Trust Africa Centre, South Africa - 2015-08-15

Introduction: This is an excellent opportunity for outstanding and motivated individuals to access one of the most comprehensive population-based HIV surveillance and genomics datasets in the world at the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies based in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


Seminar: The Molecular Epidemiology of HIV in Rakai Uganda - 2015-07-17

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics & Bioinformatics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Oliver Laeyendecker Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University,19 June 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa


Seminar: Clinical Impressions of HIV Pathogenesis & Vaccine Research - 2015-06-19

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics & Bioinformatics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Dr Nigel Garrett from CAPRISA, 19 June 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa


MOLECULAR EPIDEMIOLOGY: HIV family trees reveal viral spread. - 2015-06-12

By John Cohen, Science, 12 June 2015. New studies could aid public health efforts. Last week at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City, researchers, public health specialists, and HIV/AIDS advocates discussed how to exploit the potential of the technique, called phylogenetic analysis - and the thorny ethical and legal issues it raises...


Feature story: Understanding HIV through phylogenetic research - 2015-06-08

Phylogenetic research 'the analysis of molecular sequencing data to study evolutionary relationships among groups and organisms' needs to be scaled up to end the AIDS epidemic, according to the participants at a symposium held on 4 June at the New York Academy of Sciences called HIV 2015: Using Phylogenetics to Enhance the HIV Response.


HIV 2015: Using Phylogenetics to Enhance the HIV Response, New York, June 4, 2015 - 2015-06-04

A discussion meeting presented by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Microbiology & Infectious Diseases Discussion Group at the New York Academy of Sciences on the use of phylogenetics to enhance HIV response.


Seminar: Near Full Length Sequencing to Understand HIV & TB Epidemics In Africa In Real Time - 2015-04-30

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics & Bioinformatics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, 30 April 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa


Ground-breaking PhD Study helps Rural Doctors monitor HIV Drug Resistance - 2015-04-17

Dr Justen Manasa graduated with a PhD after completing ground-breaking research in the Hlabisa District of KwaZulu-Natal that resulted in a low cost genotyping method envisaged to help doctors monitor and evaluate drug resistance among HIV-infected patients in resource-limited settings.


Report on the SATuRN & CAPRISA HIV & TB Advanced Clinical Care Workshop - 2015-04-13

The Southern Africa Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) and the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) organized a HIV & TB Advanced Clinical Care Workshop. This workshop is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & PEPFAR program in South Africa.


Our genomics and bioinformatics research program was selected as a keynote presentation in the 1st South African Illumina User Group Meeting, 2015 - 2015-03-31

By: Tulio de Oliveira, Franschoek, South Africa, 31 March 2015 - Continuing advances in next generation genomic analysis are rapidly changing the way we approach our research. The setup of our high-throughput genomics facility at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, in collaboration with Africa Centre and Health and Population Studies allowed our research group to produce HIV-1 complete genomes at an unprecedented scale.


Seminar: Whole genome sequence interrogation of drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis - 2015-03-20

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics & Bioinformatics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Samantha Sampson, 20 February 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa


Seminar: Virus and host genetics: where and how to look in big data for associations with infectious disease - 2015-02-13

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics & Bioinformatics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Paul Kellam, 13 February 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa


Seminar: An Unexpected Influence of Genome Secondary Structure on Recombination in HIV - 2015-01-09

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Darren Martin, 9 January 2015, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban


Seminar: Whole genome sequence interrogation of drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis - 2014-11-21

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Samantha Sampson, 21 November 2014, Susser & Stein Seminar Room, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban


AWACC & SATuRN conference a success! Please see twitter summary - 2014-10-13

SATuRN annual workshop run in partnership with AWACC (UKZN, NDoH & Harvard). In total 346 participants attended the two days workshop. The workshop discussions were also very good. Here, we summarize the Tweeter coverage of the event, which contains information on the topics discussed and questions raised.


Seminar: Transcriptional profiling in human tuberculosis - 2014-10-10

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Robert J Wilkinson, 10 October 2014, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban


Doris Duke Annual Seminar for Medical Students from Harvard and UKZN - 2014-10-09

Each year during AWAAC, the Doris Duke International Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School sponsors a special seminar for medical students who will be attending the conference. During the seminar, invited faculty members discuss journals article that they select with a group of medical students from the US who are engaging in research in sub-Saharan Africa and a group of South African medical students from UKZN. This year 20-25 students will attend the seminar.


Seminar: ARV Therapy Initiated Before 2-Months-of-Age Reduces Transcriptionally Active HIV-1 DNA Persistence - 2014-09-19

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Gert Van Zyl, 19 September 2014, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban


Seminar: Nanotechnology and the Treatment of HIV Infection - 2014-08-22

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Dr. Louis Chonco Jimenez, 22 August 2014, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban


Postdoc Fellowship available - HIV Genomics & Bioinformatics I - 2014-07-26

We invite applications from ambitious post doctoral scientists, to undertake research in a Flagship programme of the Wellcome Trust & MRC in South Africa.This Fellowship aims to apply and develop bioinformatics software applications to analyze large datasets of complete HIV-1 genomes.


Postdoc Fellowship available - HIV Bioinformatics & Phylogenetics II - 2014-07-26

We invite applications from ambitious post doctoral scientists, to undertake research in a Flagship programme of the Wellcome Trust & MRC in South Africa.This Fellowship aims to develop and/or apply phylogenetic software applications to create a framework to identify epidemiologically important HIV strains.


Postdoc Fellowship available - HIV & HTLV Bioinformatics & Phylogenetics III - 2014-07-26

We invite applications from ambitious post doctoral scientists, to undertake research in a collaborative programme of the the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre and the FioCruz Foundation in South Africa and Brazil.This fellowship aims to apply and develop bioinformatics software applications to analyze large datasets of HIV-1 and HTLV-1 complete genomes


SATuRN Newsletter, Jul 2014: Annual HIVDR Workshop, News, Publications & Blogs - 2014-07-24

The newsletter idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life. In our second issue of 2014 (Vol. 3 Num. 2), we advertise our annual workshop, which will be presented as part of the Annual Workshop on Advanced Clinical Care - AIDS (AWACC), Durban, 8-9 Oct 2014. We also included interesting news, blogs and publications produced by our network and partners.


NICD accredited by WHO for HIVDR testing using DBS specimens - 2014-07-20

By Anna Salimo, South Africa, 20 July 2014. The NICD laboratory in Johannesburg has been performing HIV-1 drug resistance (HIVDR) testing for surveillance purposes using plasma or serum specimens. The World Health Organization (WHO) have adjusted their requirements for accreditation to include HIVDR testing on dried blood spots (DBS) due to their ease of collection, handling, transportation and storage.


Postdoctoral Research Fellows in HIV - 2014-07-17

We invite applications from ambitious clinical or non-clinical postdoctoral scientists, to undertake research in a Flagship programme of the Wellcome Trust & MRC in South Africa


Seminar: Genome-wide association study indicates two novel resistance loci for severe malaria - 2014-07-15

KRISP Talks by Prof. Andreas Ziegler, 1 August 2014, Council Chambers, Westville Campus, UKZN, Durban.


Inaugural Lecture: Bioinformatics, Genomics and HIV Research in Africa: A Brief Personal History - 2014-07-14

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Malegapuru Makgoba cordially invites you and your spouse/partner to attend an inaugural lecture presented by Professor Tulio de Oliveira, 30 July 2014, K-RITH, Durban


Bioinformatics in the Tropics blog: Molecular Evolution & Phylogenetics Workshop Entebbe Uganda 7th-10th April 2014 - 2014-06-25

By: Deogratius Ssemwanga, Jonathan Kayondo, Siva Danaviah and Jaffer Zaidi. The bioinformatics in the tropics series is part of a south-to-south capacity building programme to develop the next generation of bioinformaticians in Africa and Latin America.


Seminar: Genomics & Bioinformatics: The need to engage biologists, mathematicians & computer scientists. - 2014-06-25

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme, the UKZN MRC Flagship project and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, UKZN, cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, 7 July 2014, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa


Seminar: Cause-specific mortality: Standardised measurements and comparisons - 2014-04-09

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Deputy Director iShare Programme cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Peter Byass, 09 April 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba


SATuRN Newsletter, Mar 2014: News, publications, videos & new seminar series! - 2014-04-02

The newsletter idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life. In our first issue of 2014 (Vol. 3 Num. 1) our newsletter we focus on our new seminar series and publications and results from SATuRN partners. We also included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets and training information produced by our network.


Seminar: Old and new challenges for HIV control - 2014-04-01

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Peter Piot, 1 April 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba


From sample to sequencing: an introduction to Longhorn's primesuite of technologies - 2014-03-28

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a presentation, 28 March 2014, Durban


Seminar: Next-generation sequencing for identifying drug resistance in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis - 2014-03-28

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar, 28 March 2014, Durban


Seminar: Unlocking the potential of TB genomics - 2014-03-27

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Dr. Siva Danaviah, 26 March 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba


Seminar: Trends and causes of hospitalisation in adults receiving ART - 2014-03-19

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Population Epidemiology Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Dr. Portia Mutevedzi, 19 March 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba


Interactive Biostatistics Course, Durban, 26-30 may 2014 - 2014-03-13

K-RITH is offering an innovative course in the biostatistical methods used in medical research. This hands-on course is taught by Harvard biostatistician, Dr. Lori Chibnik.


Seminar: Multi-step inhibition explains HIV-1 protease inhibitor pharmacodynamics and resistance - 2014-03-12

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Dr. Justen Manasa, 12 March 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba


Seminar: HIV-1 Transmission during Early Infection in Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Phylodynamic Analysis - 2014-02-19

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Dr. Eduan Wilkinson, 19 February 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba


Seminar: 30 years of HIV diversity research: a personal perspective - 2014-01-31

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Susan Engelbrecht, 31 January 2014, Durban


PhD and/or MSc Scholarship available - Computer Science - 2014-01-16

The causes and consequences of HIV transmission and drug resistance - Computer Science PhD and/or MSc studentships available at UKZN/CSIR Meraka Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) in collaboration with Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. Funded by a MRC Flagship research project. Potential Supervisors: Dr. Deshen Moodley & Prof. Hugh Murrell, CAIR, UKZN


Seminar: Implementing HIV-1 Genotypic Resistance Testing in Antiretroviral Therapy Programs in Africa: Needs, Opportunities, and Challenges. - 2014-01-15

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, 15 January 2014, Africa Centre headquarters, Mtubatuba


Bioinformatics in the Tropics Uganda 2014, UVRI, Entebbe, Uganda, 7th to 10th April 2014 - 2014-01-06

This is a series of four workshops, which will be presented in Brazil (2013 & 2014), South Africa (2013) and Uganda (2014) as part of a south to south capacity building programme to develop the next generation of bioinformaticians in Africa and Latin America. The objective is to train post-doctoral researchers to become trainers and post-graduate students to use bioinformatics and phylogenetic software applications needed for their research.


SATuRN Newsletter, Dec 2013: News, workshops, manuscripts & PhD/MSC positions available! - 2014-01-06

The newsletter idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life. In our last issue of 2013 our newsletter we focus on our capacity building programme. We also advertise 7 PhDs and 4 MScs positions in this issue!


PhD Scholarship available - Genomics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology II - HIV dynamics - 2013-12-13

The causes and consequences of HIV transmission and drug resistance - PhD studentship available for Genomics, Epidemiology and Bioinformatics at UKZN for the MRC Flagship research project. Supervisors: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira & Prof. Frank Tanser, Africa Centre, UKZN


PhD Scholarship available - Genomics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology I - HIV Drug Resistance - 2013-12-13

The causes and consequences of HIV transmission and drug resistance - HIV Drug resistance PhD studentship at Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Funded by a MRC Flagship research project. Supervisors: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira & Prof. Frank Tanser, Africa Centre, UKZN


PhD and/or MSc Scholarship available - Human Genetics - 2013-12-13

The causes and consequences of HIV transmission and drug resistance - Human Genetics PhD and/or MSc studentships available at UKZN Genetics department in collaboration with Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. Funded by a MRC Flagship research project. Supervisors: Dr. Paula Sommer, Genetics Department, UKZN & Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, Africa Centre, UKZN


PhD and/or MSc Scholarship available - Social Sciences - 2013-12-13

The causes and consequences of HIV transmission and drug resistance - Social Sciences PhD and/or MSc studentships available at HEARD/UKZN Genetics department in collaboration with Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. Funded by a MRC Flagship research project. Potenital Supervisors: Dr Kaymarlin Govender, Ms Samantha Willan & Mr. Andrew Gibbs, HEARD, UKZN.


SA Medical Research Council Scientific Awards - 2013-12-08

In his address to MRC award and grant winners at a prestigious ceremony in Cape Town, outgoing MRC Chairperson Professor Lizo Mazwai described the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) as 'richer, more focused, more efficient and better placed to deliver a healthy nation through research.'


Heroes in the battle for health - 2013-12-01

There have been major successes in the fight agains the disease since it was first identified in 1983. Bianca Capazorio speaks to some young South Africans at the forefront of work in the field.


Putting the I into HIV - World Aids Day UKZN - 2013-11-30

Leading scientists in HIV/AIDS research discussed the diversity of the HIV epidemic, new scientific evidence and the promising interventions on the horizon to tackle it.


'An HIV-1 vaccine is possible' says Prof Thumbi Ndung'u at UKZN AIDS Day 2013 - 2013-11-29

Ahead of World AIDS Day 2013, leading HIV/AIDS researchers in Durban have urged society to focus on insights, innovation and integrity in the journey into an HIV-free future and to put people at the centre of health services.


SATURN-PASER unites international minds & reveals potential resistance free HIV drug - 2013-11-26

By Inez Rossouw, 26 Nov 2013, Bloemfontein - Dolutegravir, a drug aimed against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), might not elicit any resistance to it. This was revealed at the Southern African HIV/TB drug resistance and monitoring workshop hosted by the Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) at the Medical School of the University of the Free State.


DNA sequencer launched at the University of Free State - 2013-11-25

The University of the Free State (UFS) can now collect immensely valuable data on drug resistance in HIV/Aids and TB with the new DNA sequencer that was launched recently at the International workshop on HIV/AIDS and TB drug resistance at the Bloemfontein Campus.


International Workshop in Bloemfontein to Translate Research and Clinical Knowledge into Clinical Practice to Fight HIV & TB Drug Resistance in Africa - 2013-11-19

BLOEMFONTEIN, 21 November 2013. Today, a large intentional workshop on HIV & TB drug resistance starts, which will bring some of the top international researchers, clinicians and policy makers to the University of the Free State in order to discuss strategies to manage and prevent drug resistance in Africa.


A UKZN panel discussion: Bringing the 'I' into HIV - New approaches in developing person-centred interventions to fight the HIV epidemic - 2013-11-08

A UKZN panel discussion on 26 November 2013: 'Bringing the 'I' into HIV - New approaches in developing person-centred interventions to fight the HIV epidemic' as part of World AIDS Day 2013 activities.


SAFM Radio Interview with Prof. Tulio de Oliveira on their HIV Drug Resistance and Transmission Research and Award - 2013-11-03

Radio interview by Sisanda Jonas at SAfm weekend pmlive show 3 Nov 2013


The SA Medical Research Council announces funding of R190 million for high impact research projects - 2013-11-01

The MRC has established a new high-profile R190 million funding opportunity for Medical Schools and Universities to undertake 'Flagship Projects' aimed at addressing South Africa's key health problems. The winning projects, led by some of South Africa's most accomplished scientists, were announced at a media briefing at the MRC in Cape Town on Wednesday evening.


16.5 million rand to convert cutting-edge HIV research in rural South Africa into national policy - 2013-10-31

Professor Salim Abdool Karim and Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, awarded a R16.5 million grant to fight HIV drug resistance and transmission in rural KwaZulu-Natal.


Multi-million rand award to UKZN scientists for Cutting-Edge HIV Research - 2013-10-30

Professor Frank Tanser and Professor Tulio de Oliveira from UKZN's Africa Centre for health and Population studies were recently awarded a large grant to fight HIV drug resistance and transmission in rural KwaZulu-Natal. The grant, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) Flagship Projects is part of the MRC's strategy to sustain vibrant medical research in South Africa.


BioMedical research is undergoing a revolution - 2013-10-25

'Intensive', 'Comprehensive', 'Fulfilling' and 'Exciting' were just some of the words used by students to describe the first Bioinformatics course hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV (K-RITH) in partnership with the US-based Broad Institute and the NIH recently.


Newsletter, Oct 2013: News, blogs, manuscripts & Youtube videos! - 2013-10-01

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of SATuRN. In this third issue of 2013 our newsletter we focus on our digital videos activities. We have also included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our network.


New Director named for leading HIV research centre in South Africa - 2013-09-02

Deenan Pillay, Professor of Virology at UCL (University College London), is today named as the new Director of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, one of the Wellcome Trust's major overseas programmes.


SATuRN Newsletter, Aug 2013: Special Edition - Training and Capacity Building - 2013-08-06

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of SATuRN. The newsletter is presented as a PDF document with links to complete articles at the bioafrica.net website.


BOOK REVIEW - HIV & TB Drug Resistance & Clinical Management Case Book - 2013-06-20

by Sigaloff & Hamers, The Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine, Book Review on the HIV & TB Drug Resistance & Clinical Management Case Book by Rossouw, Lessells and de Oliveira


Bioinformatics in the tropics II: Large data sets analysis workshop: HIV phylogenetics and drug resistance, Durban, South Africa, 23-26 Sept 2013 - 2013-06-02

This is the second workshop of the bioinformatics in the tropics series, which will be presented by the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies at K-RITH at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 23 to 27 September 2013. The bioinformatics in the tropics series is part of a south to south capacity building programme to develop the next generation of bioinformaticians in Africa and Latin America.


Bioinformatics in the tropics I: 1st International Bioinformatics & Molecular Viral Evolution Workshop, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 22-26 July 2013 - 2013-06-01

This is the first workshop of the bioinformatics in the tropics series, which will be presented at the Oswaldo Moniz Research Center (CPqGM), Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 22 to 26 July 2013.


Bioinformatics in the tropics workshop series 2013-2014 - 2013-05-30

This is a series of four workshops, which will be presented in Brazil (2013 & 2014), South Africa (2013) and Uganda (2014) as part of a south to south capacity building programme to develop the next generation of bioinformaticians in Africa and Latin America.


Infectious Disease Genomics and Global Health Wellcome Trust Conference - 2013-05-24

We are pleased to announce that we are presenting at the Sixth Infectious Disease Genomics and Global Health conference, Cambridge, U.K, 16-18 October 2013. The focus of this meeting is the application of genomic technologies to the problems of infectious disease in a global health context.


The Network Marker - 2013-04-22

Drug resistance poses significant potential problems in the fight against HIV and TB, but little is known about how best to tackle it. Dr Tulio de Oliveira heads a network that aims to fill this knowledge gap.


Case book tackles HIV and TB drug resistance - 2013-04-15

By Jonathan Davis, 15 April 2013 - Researchers from the Africa Centre for Health and Population Research near Mtubatuba have published a important book to help rural doctors, nurses and pharmacists working on the frontline of the country's interlinked HIV and tuberculosis (TB) pandemics manage increasing levels of resistance to the drugs needed to fight the diseases.


SATuRN Newsletter, Mar 2013: News, blogs, events, publications and a case book on HIV/TB drug resistance - 2013-04-01

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of SATuRN. The newsletter is presented as a PDF document with links to complete articles at the bioafrica.net website.


SATuRN will have a session at the 17th Rural Health Conference - 2013-03-31

The 17th Annual Rural Health Conference will be held in St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, from 8 to 10 August 2013. SATuRN will have a session (approximately 2-3 hours) in the conference and will distribute the HIV & TB Drug Resistance and Clinical Management Case Book.


University of Pretoria and partners launch a book - 2013-03-19

By Sanku Tsunke, Pretoria, 19 March 2013. Drug resistance is one of the main challenges confronting HIV and TB programmes in Africa. Facing these challenges requires an understanding of how drug resistance develops, as well as up-to-date knowledge of how to diagnose and manage drug resistance in HIV and TB patients.


Casebook aims to curb drug resistance - 2013-03-19

Pretoria News - 19 March 2013, DOCTORS from the University of Pretoria (UP) and University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) have stepped up to the challenge of providing a clinical management casebook for health care workers treating patients with HIV and TB drug resistance.


BOOK ON MANAGEMENT OF HIV AND TB DRUG RESISTANCE LAUNCHED - 2013-03-16

HIV and TB: Drug Resistance and Clinical Management Case Book - a book co-authored by two academics from the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies - has been presented to frontline health workers at a workshop in northern KwaZulu-Natal.


Transferring Critical Knowledge and Skills to Frontline Medical Personnel Fighting the HIV & TB epidemics in rural South Africa - 2013-03-15

UKZN's Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, based in the College of health Sciences, has once again made huge strides in HIV management. Recently, the Centre's, Dr Richard Lessells and Dr Tulio de Oliveira together with the University of Pretoria's, Dr. Theresa Rossouw; launched a book entitled, 'HIV and TB: Drug Resistance and Clinical Management Case Book'.


Universiteit van Pretoria en vennote stel boek vry oor weerstand teen middels wat gebruik word om MIV en tuberkulose te bekamp - 2013-03-15

Weerstand teen medikasie is een van die belangrikste struikelblokke wat programme om MIV en tuberkulose in Afrika te bestry te bowe moet kom. Om hierdie uitdagings die hoof te bied, word 'n begrip vereis van hoe weerstand teen die middels tot stand kom, sowel as vertroudheid met die jongste metodes om weerstand teen die medikasie in MIV- en tuberkulosepasiente te diagnoseer en bestuur.


PRESS RELEASE: Book Launch: HIV and TB Drug Resistance & Clinical Management Case Book - 2013-03-06

Prof Eric Buch, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, in partnership with European Delegation to South Africa, MRC Inflammation and Immunity Unit and the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, UKZN, invite members of the media to attend the launch of the 'HIV and TB Resistance & Clinical Management Case Book' that is authored by Dr Theresa Rossouw of UP and Drs Richard Lessells and Tulio de Oliveira of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. The details are as follows:


Invitation to the launch of the HIV and TB drug resistance & clinical management case book - 2013-03-05

University of Pretoria invites you to attend the launch of the publication HIV and TB resistance & clinical management case book. The invitation is writen in three official South African languages: Afrikaans, English and Sepedi.


18th International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution & Molecular Epidemiology, USA, 25-30 Aug 2013 - 2013-02-27

We are announcing the organization of the international workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME) in 2013, hosted by the Emerging Pathogens Institute in the warm city of Gainsville and sponsored by several local partners.


Africa Centre major scientific achievements! Two Science papers showing that antiretroviral therapy increases life expectance and reduces transmission - 2013-02-22

Africa Centre, South Africa, 22 February 2013 - Today, colleagues from the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies have published two breakthrough scientific manuscripts at Science.


HIV/TB Drug Resistance and Clinical Management Workshop & Book Launch, Ghost Mountain Inn, Mkuze, South Africa, 7-8 Mar 2013 - 2013-02-18

Organised by the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies and Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) in collaboration with the uMkhanyakude District Health Office. This workshop is aimed at developing knowledge and skills around the prevention and management of drug resistance and treatment failure in both HIV and TB.


Searching for Virus Phylotypes - 2013-01-22

Viral phylogenies have wide use: studying evolution, tracing the origin of epidemics, establishing dominant mode of transmission, identifying the apparition of drug resistance, even tracking individual body compartments.


Practical Course on Quality Assurance of HIV-1 Drug Resistance Interpretation in Sequence Editing and Data Management Processes - 2013-01-16

The African Centre for Integrated Laboratory Training (ACILT) present the HIV-1 drug resistance practical course, 22-26 April, Johannesburg, South Africa.


The 2012 Southern African ARV drug resistance testing guidelines - 2013-01-13

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has converted HIV infection from an almost universally fatal illness to a chronic manageable disease. Adherence to therapy is essential for full viral suppression and optimal immune reconstitution.


The Machine That Will Help End TB - 2012-12-11

By Jon Cohen on December 11, 2012 - Nearly 1.5 million people die from tuberculosis every year, even though most cases can be cured with routine antibiotic treatments. One country's fight to get the ancient scourge under control has an unlikely hero: a simple diagnostic test.


Comminit News: Scientific Community Engagement Activities in Rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - 2012-11-30

BioAfrica, Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN), and the Africa Centre Bioinformatics Unit use art to present scientific facts in Rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. They are involved in many community engagement activities, presenting to African communities about the origin of HIV, the causes and consequences of drug resistance development, and how to successfully manage HIV and tuberculosis (TB) treatment.


UKZN Research Centres Collaborate to Celebrate World AIDS Day - 2012-11-29

The Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) in collaboration with CAPRISA, SATuRN/Africa Centre and the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press hosted Getting to Zero: Showcasing KZN Research on HIV and AIDS on 14 November at the KZNSA Gallery.


SATuRN at the 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health - 2012-11-20

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 14-17 Nov 2012, SATuRN researchers Dr. Richard Lessells and Dr. Tulio de Oliveira had a very successful TB conference. In this post we cover their presentations, workshops participation and tweeter coverage.


SATuRN/Africa Centre, CAPRISA and HEARD/UKZN: An event showcasing KZN research on HIV and AIDS - 2012-11-14

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, 14 Nov 2012. We have organized and presented an event at the KZN National Art Gallery that portrait our DNA sequencing and Art & Science work.


HIV and TB bioinformatics presentation and tweet coverage at K-RITH opening, 9-11 October 2012 - 2012-10-04

SATuRN is presenting a talk at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) opening. This symposium has a fantastic scientific program, with some of the leading researchers and funders in the world! Please follow our tweeter coverage!


SATuRN activities at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine TB Centre - 2012-10-01

SATuRN activities were highlighted at the LSHTM TB Centre Annual Retreat, which was held in Downing College, Cambridge.


Dissecting diagnostics - TB drug resistance in rural South Africa - 2012-09-20

Researchers based in northern KwaZulu-Natal in rural South Africa are exploring the impact of novel molecular tuberculosis diagnostic system on clinical outcomes for patients with multidrug-resistance TB.


SATuRN Newsletter, Sept 2012, News, blogs, conferences, publications on HIV/TB drug resistance and phylogenetics - 2012-09-14

In this third issue of our newsletter we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our network. We hope you enjoy it and find it informative. We welcome any feedback about content or format.


'Tainted milk' from wet nurse HIV risk - 2012-08-26

By BIANCA CAPAZORIO - A BABY girl who contracted HIV after being breast-fed by a well-meaning aunt has become the first proven case in SA to have contracted HIV from a surrogate feeder or 'wet nurse'.


Tainted Milk from Surrogate Feeder - 2012-08-25

A baby girl who contracted HIV after being breast-fed by a well-meaning aunt has become the first proven case in South Africa to have contracted HIV from a surrogate feeder or 'wet nurse'. The case contained in new research highlights the importance of HIV testing of mothers and surrogate feeders at a time when the government is phasing out free infant formula in its clinics.


Local centre proves 'surrogate' HIV infection - 2012-08-24

The Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, Zululand's HIV-AIDS research hub based near Mtubatuba, has revealed the first proven HIV surrogate transmission case in South Africa.


DNA sequencing confirms HIV transmission through surrogate breastfeeding - 2012-08-23

DNA sequencing has provided evidence of HIV-1 transmission from an infected woman breastfeeding her niece in South Africa, drawing attention to infant feeding practices and the need for HIV testing of all breastfeeding surrogates as well as mothers.


Breastfeeding in the spotlight - 2012-08-16

A case where an aunt infected her niece with HIV through breastfeeding has drawn attention to feeding practices in South Africa. The case was published in the medical journal Lancet and highlighted the risk of HIV transmission from a surrogate carer, the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies said today.


Collaboration to Undertake HIV Resistance Testing in Africa - 2012-08-06

Sequencing-based diagnostics for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals will be carried out in Africa in order to determine resistance to antiretroviral drugs.


Creating access to HIV/TB drug resistance testing - 2012-08-01

During July, the acclaimed researcher, Dr Tulio de Oliveira from the Southern African Treatment Research Network (SATuRN), was invited to CAPRISA to visit CAPRISA's eThekwini Clinical Research Site. He also presented latest developments on affordable HIV and TB drug resistance testing and open access, public, drug resistance databases to CAPRISA's management team, followed by discussions on possible opportunities for collaboration.


Drug Resistance After Failure of First-Line ART Increasing in Rural South Africa: Presented at AIDS 2012 - 2012-07-27

By Nancy A. Melville - WASHINGTON, DC - July 27, 2012 - As antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV becomes widely accessible in Southern Africa, the risk for drug resistances is on the rise, and as many as 1 in 6 adults show acquired drug resistance to standard second-line drug regimens, researchers said here on July 24 at the 19th International AIDS Conference.


Life Tech, SATuRN Collaborate on Dx for Antiretroviral Resistance in HIV in Africa - 2012-07-26

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Life Technologies today announced a collaboration with the Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) covering sequencing-based diagnostics for HIV patients in Africa.


Life Technologies Corporation And Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network Collaborate To Increase Access To HIV Testing In Africa - 2012-07-24

Life Technologies Corporation announced a collaboration with the Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) on sequencing-based diagnostics for HIV-infected individuals in Africa.


Life Technologies and SATuRN Collaborate to Increase Access to HIV Testing in Africa - 2012-07-24

Life and Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) Partner in Sequencing-Based Surveillance of Drug Resistance


HIV drug resistance is spreading in Africa, experts say - 2012-07-23

WASHINGTON (By Erin Loury, LA Times) - Scaling up the distribution of HIV medication over the last decade has vastly increased the number of people receiving treatment around the world. An estimated 8 million infected people received the antiretroviral drugs in 2011, compared to just 400,000 in 2003.


Drug-resistant HIV 'on increase' in sub-Saharan Africa - 2012-07-22

Drug-resistant HIV has been increasing in parts of sub-Saharan Africa over the last decade, according to experts writing in the Lancet


SATuRN meeting, presentations & tweet coverage at the XIX International AIDS 2012 Conference, Washington - 2012-07-14

WASHINGTON, 22-27 July 2012 - We are hosting a meeting, presenting many talks and posters and tweeting on the XIX International AIDS 2012 Conference.


SATuRN Newsletter V.1 Num.2 (Apr-Jun 2012) - Featured partners, news, blogs, tweets & publications - 2012-07-02

In this second issue of our newsletter we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our network. We hope you enjoy it and find it informative. We welcome any feedback about content or format.


SAHIVSOC'S First Conference, 25-28 November 2012, Cape Town ICC - 2012-07-02

The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society will be hosting its first Conference: Striving for Clinical Excellence, 25-28 November 2012 at the Cape Town ICC.


SATuRN's tweet coverage about drug resistance at the 3rd SA TB conference - 2012-06-15

We participated, presented and tweeted about the 3rd South African TB conference, 12-15 June 2012, ICC, Durban. We had covered all the sessions that present TB drug resistance results. Please find below our tweets from our participation in our national TB conference.


BioAfrica Art & Science section is open! - 2012-05-10

In this exciting new section of bioafrica.net art we feature creative projects that celebrate, investigate and/or communicate biomedical science. Here, we share blogs, news articles, tweets, audio and audiovisual media to increase public awareness of innovative collaborations between art and science.


SATuRN Newsletter Vol. 1 Number 1, Jan-Mar 2012 - 2012-04-15

The newsletter idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life.


Open letter on urgent need for compassionate use of bedaquiline for XDR-TB and pre-XDR-TB in South Africa - 2012-04-11

BioAfrica & SATuRN Supports this Open Letter!

Open letter to the Medicines Control Council and Ministry of Health on urgent need for compassionate use of bedaquiline for XDR-TB and pre-XDRTB in South Africa.


Transmitted Drug Resistance Rate Remains Below 5% in South Africa - 2012-03-05

by Mark Mascolini - Analysis of South Africans with newly diagnosed, untreated HIV infection indicates low levels of transmitted antiretroviral-resistant HIV across the country through 2010 and no evidence of transmitted drug-resistant HIV in rural KwaZulu Natal


Highly Specialized Team to Tackle HIV Drug Resistance Problem in Southern Africa - 2012-02-22

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, 24-26 FEB 2012 - A small, highly specialized multidisciplinary team of doctors and statisticians from South Africa, Botswana, the USA and the UK will meet in Durban this weekend with the express purpose of pooling their resources, knowledge and expertise in an attempt to improve understanding the problem of HIV drug resistance in southern Africa.


New and interactive section of BioAfrica and SATuRN website - 2012-01-14

One of our main aims for this development is for users and collaborators to become more involved in the website. It has added over 100 new webpages to bioafrica.net, including blogs, open access publications, media coverage, clinical cases tutorials and twitter. It has also increased the number of people collaborating in the development of our website!


Alarm bells on HIV-drug resistance - Study raises fears as patients develop immunity to antiretroviral therapy - 2011-11-06

JOHANNESBURG - The prevalance of HIV-positive people who have developed a resistance to life-prolonging antiretroviral treatment (ART) is a cause for concern for South Africa, scientists warn.


Meeting to Discuss the Growing Threat of HIV & TB Drug Resistance in South Africa and Botswana - 2011-11-04

JOHANNESBURG - A group of renowned HIV and TB scientists, public health officials and physicians will meet at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, this coming Monday and Tuesday (7th & 8th of November) to discuss the growing problem of HIV and TB drug resistance in southern Africa.


Botswana hosts Africa HIV/TB drug resistance workshop - 2011-11-04

GABARONE - For the first time, Botswana is hosting the Africa HIV/TB Drug Resistance and Clinical Management workshop. The two-day workshop started yesterday at the University of Botswana (UB). Scientists, public health officials and physicians from across the world are attending the event to discuss the growing problem of HIV and TB drug resistance in Southern Africa.


Drug Resistance Increasing in Children - 2011-06-27

Indeed, drug resistance is emerging in children on ART in South Africa.


Public database for HIV drug resistance in southern Africa - 2011-06-25

PRETORIA - We would like to draw attention to an HIV-1 drug resistance database, a scientific resource for regional and global HIV research that will enhance surveillance programmes in southern Africa.The database was established by investigators from the Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN), in collaboration with researchers from the United States & Europe. SAT- uRN will provide national de- partments of health with high quality, up-to-date information to guide delivery of antiretroviral ther- apy, helping to ensure the long -term success of antiretroviral treatment programmes.


Taxis on board - Spreading the word while jiving - 2011-03-20

Jiving with Science is a new public engagement initiative of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. Africa Centre is an international HIV research facility with a partnership HIV testing, treatment and care programme run jointly with the KZN Department of Health. The Mtubatuba-based centre is where the HIV epidemic is one of the most severe in the world, with nearly one in two adults aged 35-40 being infected.


Jiving with Science is a new public engagement initiative of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies - 2011-03-08

Jiving with Science is a new public engagement initiative of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. The Africa Centre, a joint project of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the Medical Research Council of Southern Africa, is an international HIV research facility with a partnership HIV testing, treatment and care programme run jointly with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health.


JIVING WITH SCIENCE - Music CDs - 2011-03-04

Jiving with Science is a new public engagement initiative of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. The Africa Centre, a joint project of the UKZN and the Medical Research Council of Southern Africa, is an international HIV research facility with a partnership HIV testing, treatment and care programme run jointly with the KZN Department of Health. It is based in rural, northern KwaZulu-Natal where the HIV epidemic is one of the most severe in the world with nearly one in two adults aged 35-40 being infected.


Stirring students with science - 2010-06-18

RICHARDS BAY - A team from Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies explained the origins of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) for scholars of the Aiglon Society at Grantleigh College last Tuesday. The challenge to incorporate high-level bioinformatics and molecular evolutionary analysis into a high-school format of genetic variation and HIV life cycle was facilitated by senior researcher, Dr Tulio de Oliveira.


The Race Against Drug Resistance - 2010-06-14

by Rachel Nugent, Emma Back, and Alexandra Beith - In an increasingly interconnected world, drug resistance does not stop at a patient's bedside, it threatens global health. It has slowed gains against the fatal ravages of childhood dysentery and pneumonia, drastically increased the costs of fighting tuberculosis and malaria, and imperiled efforts to effectively treat people living with HIV/AIDS. Tens of millions of lives are at stake; quality of life for scores of millions more is under threat.


Believe in ART, get tested please - 2008-09-10

CAPE TOWN - Believe that anti-retroviral treatment (ART) medication works and get yourself tested. People who are infected with the virus are able to live longer, healthier lives, provided they use their medication and seek treatment early enough. This was the key message Dr. Tulio de Oliveira, a bio-informatics researcher from SATuRN wanted to be convey to the general public.


High noon in Libya - 2007-07-19

This week sees yet another crisis point in the Libyan case of six foreign health professionals sentenced to death on charges of injecting hundreds of children with HIV. Declan Butler traces the efforts of scientists to help establish the truth.


World-class scientist due to join UWC team tackling HIV/Aids treatment in SA. - 2007-01-14

CAPE TOWN - A world-class molecular biologist whose research on HIV and anti-retrovirals (ARVs) could dramatically improve the treatment of HIV/Aids in South Africa. Doctor Tulio de Oliveira, an expert in bioinformatics at Oxford University, will join the SA National Bioinformatics Institute at UWC.


Genetic Analysis Clears Accused Medics - 2006-12-20

A new molecular study provides the strongest scientific evidence yet that six foreign medics held in Libya are innocent of charges that they deliberately infected more than 400 children with HIV. Accumulated mutations in the virus genomes reveal that the outbreak began well before the medics arrived in the country. The Libyan supreme court is set to decide on 19 December whether to execute the medics. It is unclear whether the new study will influence its verdict.


New evidence in Libyan HIV trial - 2006-12-20

New and compelling scientific evidence has emerged in support of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of deliberately spreading HIV to 426 Libyan children in 1998.


Libya sentences medics to death - 2006-12-19

A Libyan court has sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death for knowingly infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.


Medics face death while Libya uses HIV children as diplomatic pawns - 2006-12-17

Alex Duval Smith The Observer, Sunday 17 December 2006 13.12 GMT - The death in Libya six weeks ago of nine-year-old Marwa Annouiji from Aids was much more than just another developing world statistic. In her short, life, dominated by illness, the frail child was a pawn in a high-level game of international relations. Marwa, from al-Bayda on the Mediterranean coast, was the 52nd Libyan child to die as a result, Libya claims, of a deliberate operation by foreign medical workers to pump HIV-infected blood into 426 girls and boys at the al-Fatah Hospital in Benghazi.


New scientific evidence in Libya HIV death penalty case - 2006-12-07

OXFORD - New molecular evidence from Oxford Zoology Department casts significant doubt on charges against six medical workers who are facing execution in Libya. The medical workers are charged with deliberately contaminating more than 400 children with HIV in 1998.However, new evidence published online in Nature from the Evolutionary Biology Group at Oxford, in collaboration with several European universities, shows that the subtype of HIV involved began infecting patients well before the medical workers arrived in Libya.


New Evidence Disputes Libya Case in H.I.V. Trial - 2006-12-07

LONDON, Dec. 6 (Reuters) - Scientists have produced new evidence that casts doubt on charges against five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused by Libya of deliberately infecting 426 children with the virus that causes AIDS in 1998.


Study backs Libya HIV case medics - 2006-12-06

LONDON - Scientists have cast doubt on charges that five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor deliberately infected Libyan children with HIV. The medics could face the death penalty if found guilty by a court in Tripoli later this month.


Molecular HIV evidence backs accused medics - 2006-12-06

International experts in DNA forensics say that a paper published online by Nature this week provides a firm alibi for the six medical workers facing the death penalty in Libya. The workers have been charged with deliberately infecting more than 400 children with HIV in 1998.


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