The Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral fellow with great potential and ambition to become a leading scientist. The position will work with some of the best genomics and bioinformatics scientists in the world. We aim to identify both pathogen and human genomic variation that are associated with the transmission and virulence of pathogens and the development of diseases.
The GRM provides a platform for any stakeholder who has a grievance or problem that has arisen from their involvement with the project the right and the opportunity to lodge their grievance and discuss it with an eye to resolving it, if possible, to mutual satisfaction. The purpose of standard operating procedure (SOP) is to outline the procedures to be followed in addressing any grievance.
Welcome to another edition of the CERI & KRISP Newsletter. This month we reflect on how much recognition we have received nationally and internationally and reflect about what can be done better and how best to prepare for future threats to global health.
Virologist Dr. Sikhulile Moyo in Botswana and South Africa-based bioinformatics scientist Prof. Tulio de Oliveira have won this year's German Africa prize for their work identifying the COVID-19 variant omicron.
The World Health Summit (WHS 2022) was the first World Health Summit together with WHO. It was attended by over 1000 participants. CERI and KRISP sent a delegation of 5 of our brightest and younger scientists
IRESSEF and UCAD in Senegal organized and hosted a bioinformatics workshop that will included one week of virtual sessions on October 3 - 7, 2022, and one week of in-person sessions in Senegal October 10 - 15, 2022. Dr. Tulio de Oliveira of CERI and Dr. Luiz Alcantara Jr. of FIOCRUZ and their teams assisted in facilitating this training. They are at the forefront of capacity-building efforts in bioinformatics, with experience leading large-scale bioinformatics training programs.
We are delighted to announce that Professor Frank Tanser has joined CERI as Director of Population Health Innovation. Frank is a leading South African scientist whose research aims to evaluate and design intervention strategies to drive back the HIV epidemic and its negative consequences in communities hardest hit by the epidemic.
Global disparities in SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance. .
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Ethics and governance challenges related to genomic data sharing in southern Africa: the case of SARS-CoV-2.
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The evolving SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Africa: Insights from rapidly expanding genomic surveillance.
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Molecular Epidemiology and Trends in HIV-1 Transmitted Drug Resistance in Mozambique 1999-2018.
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Clinical evaluation of SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen tests during the Omicron wave in South Africa.
Samsunder N, de Vos M, Ngcapu S, Giandhari J, Lewis L, Kharsany AB, Carwood C, de Oliveira T, Karim QA, Karim SA, Naidoo K, Escadafal C, Sivro A, J Infect Dis. (2022), jiac333. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiac333:.
Impact of intra-host immune adaptations on the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 S protein among individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infections in South Africa, 2020 to 2022..
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Urgent need for a non-discriminatory and non-stigmatizing nomenclature for monkeypox virus.
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As the COVID pandemic recedes CERI & KRISP join the fight to control other outbreaks and epidemics
By: Tulio de Oliveira
Genome Detective Coronavirus Typing Tool for rapid identification and characterization of novel coronavirus genomes
This is the first version of the Zika typing tool, which uses phylogenetic analysis to identify the species and genotype of the virus.
This is the first version of the Chikungunya typing tool, which uses phylogenetic analysis to identify the species and genotype of the virus.
This is the first version of the Yellow Fever typing tool, which uses phylogenetic analysis to identify the species and genotype of the virus.
This is the first version of our Arbovirus typing tool for Chikungunya, Dengue, Yellow Fever and Zika
Phylogenetic tool to identify the HIV-1 subtypes and recombinants. Query sequences are analysed for recombination using bootscanning methods. The version 3 contains new CRFs (CRF01_AE to CRF47_BF).
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).