15 minutes: KRISP Work at a Glance

In this new section of the krisp.org.za website, the idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life.

Got questions about the new Covid-19 variant in South Africa? Health department has lots of answers

Department of Health - 2020-12-19

The new variant of SARS-CoV-2 detected in SA has left scientists working round the clock to unravel its mysteries, the health department said on December 19 2020. The department of health issued a lengthy list of questions and answers on Saturday after announcing that the virus that causes Covid-19 has evolved into a new variant.


KRISP produces over 1000 HIV-1 genomes in record time

SAMRC Press Release - 2020-12-03

Durban, 3 December 2020. The KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), University of KwaZulu-Natal has produced over 1000 HIV-1 genomes in record time in South Africa, a significant scientific endeavor to understand how drug resistance has developed to a new and potent antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.


How many people are catching Covid in hospital?

The Spectator - 2020-11-15

Prof Carl Heneghan & Tom Jefferson write at the Spectator about nosocomial infection in the U.K. In this article they mention our genomics and outbreak response (Lessells, Moosa & de Oliveira 2020) work on a large hospital outbreak in South Africa.


The KZN Covid-19 Research Consortium

KRISP News - 2020-11-09

The KZN Covid-19 Research Consortium invites researchers, scientists, and clinicians to submit an abstract for its upcoming virtual conference. Abstracts should relate to KZN-specific Covid-19 research findings and/or experiences and practice. An example of experience/practice may include experiences of working in hospital or clinic settings; or what the challenges were in clinical research conduct.


16 new lineages of SARS-CoV-2 emerge in South Africa despite lockdown

News Medical Net - 2020-11-05

Published in a recent medRxiv* paper, researchers from South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Brazil found that these mutations in SARS-CoV-2 lineages are localized to South Africa. These unique strains, not found elsewhere in the world, are thought to have contributed around 42% to the country's total infection rate.


SPARK South Africa: Novel Diagnostics Grant Application 2020

SPARK South Africa - 2020-10-07

Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of KRISP, UKZN, eThekwini, Stanford and SPARK Global faculty and commercial and industry experts. Based on the compiled rankings, finalists will be invited to present an oral pitch to the review panel in early December, 2020. Approximately 3-5 proposals selected for awards (number dependent on available funding) will be notified before the end of December, 2020.



YouTube Videos

How a team of scientists worked tirelessly to help the COVID-19 response in Africa

From Pillay S, Giandhari J, Tegally H, Wilkinson E, Chimukangara B, Lessells R, Mattison S, Moosa Y, Gazy I, Fish M, Singh L, Khanyile KS, Fonseca V, Giovanetti M, Alcantara LCJ, de Oliveira T, date: 2020-08-23, duration: 00:04:06

COVID-19: Health and Safety Awareness Training - Episode 1

From TRULIFE, Richard Lessells, date: 2020-08-18, duration: 00:08:48

Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) to rapidly respond to COVID-19 outbreaks

From Giandhari J, Wilkinson E, Pillay S, Tegally H, James SE, Kanzi A, Lessells RJ, de Oliveira T., date: 2020-08-05, duration: 00:02:30

Research laboratories help to fight COVID-19 in South Africa: DIPLOMICS, TIA, DSI, SAMRC initiatives

From Pillay S, Giandhari J, Tegally H, Wilkinson E, Chimukangara B, Lessells R, Mattison S, Gazy I, Fish M, Singh L, Khanyile KS, Fonseca V,de Oliveira T., date: 2020-07-20, duration: 00:04:00

Curation and Analysis of Data in Africa by Africans: Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA)

From San Emmanuel James and Jennifer Giandhari, date: 2020-06-24, duration: 00:02:02


KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).


Location: K-RITH Tower Building
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN
719 Umbilo Road, Durban, South Africa.
Director: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira