KRISP Newsletter Apr/May 2020: Highlight our work on the current COVID-19 pandemic.


In our April/May issue of 2020, We have worked very hard to produce and analyse COVID-19 data in real time. We have also sequenced many SARS-CoV-2 genomes in South Africa that showed how the virus was introduced in the country. We also worked with the media to help to translate scientific results to the general public. KRISP believes that open and independent scientific information is represented by good journalism that determines its value to the society it serves.

KRISP Newsletter Apr/May 2020.  We have worked very hard to produce and analyse COVID-19 data in real time. We have also sequenced many SARS-CoV-2 genomes in South Africa that showed how the virus was introduced in the country. We also worked with the media to help to translate scientific results to the general public

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This issue's highlights are:

- Science: KRISP has produced most of the COVID-19 viral genomes in South Africa

- Seminars: Big Data & COVID-19 seminars streamed online to 1000s participants & live on SABC. Full videos available at YouTube!

- News: KRISP Scientific News coverage in over 30 newspapers and TVs.

- The Guardian: There is no magic bullet: the town that turned the tide against HIV. Lessons learned in Eshowe are being used against coronavirus.

- Big Data: KRISP & UKZN Big Data COVID-19 consortium provide analysis to our government and launch a fund-raising campaign.

- Publication: Migration and maternal mortality among HIV-positive postpartum women: A population-based longitudinal study.

- Publication: New Genomes from The Congo Basin Expand History of CRF01_AE Origin and Dissemination

- Publications: Priorities among HIV-positive individuals for tuberculosis preventive therapies

- Publications: Current Affairs of Microbial Genome-Wide Association Studies: Approaches, Bottlenecks and Analytical Pitfalls

- Fundraising: Support South Africa’s COVID-19 Scientists on the Frontline

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), which is a Platform of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa.

KRISP wants to want to challenge the status quo and create a scientific environment in South Africa that drives innovations in global health and reverses the brain drain. A critical function of KRISP will be to make genomics, epigenetics and bioinformatics accessible to academic, industrial and commercial users.

News date: 2020-05-05

Links:

http://www.krisp.org.za/manuscripts/KRISPnewsletter_4_2020.pdf


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