K-RITH will celebrate its official Opening Ceremony on Tuesday October 9, 2012. The ceremony will take place in the new K-RITH Building on the site of the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa.
Malegapuru William Makgoba, MBCHB DPhil, Vice Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Robert Tjian, PhD, President of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will both be present to inaugurate the new building.
Following the Opening Ceremony, there will be a Scientific Symposium with the theme "The Intersection of Technology and Global Health." The 2-day symposium will be held from October 10-11, 2012 at the Hilton Hotel, Walnut Road, Durban, and will feature distinguished scientists from South Africa and the United States.
Confirmed symposium speakers include:
Dr. Robert Tjian, President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA
Dr. David Baltimore, Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology, USA
Ronald J. Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Dr. Peter Agre, Director, Johns Hopkins Malaria Institute, USA
Dr. Sean Brady, HHMI Early Career Scientist, The Rockefeller University, USA
Mark Dean, Chief Technology Officer, IBM Middle East and Africa
Gary Cohen, Chair, IBM Africa
Prof. Salim Abdool Karim, Director, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), South Africa
Prof. Bongani M. Mayosi, Head of Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Dr. Thomas Kodadek, Professor of Chemistry and Cancer Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, USA
Prof. Thumbi Ndung'u, HHMI International Early Career Scientist and Director, HIV Pathogenesis Programme, South Africa
Dr. Tulio de Oliveira, senior researcher and bioinformatics leader at the Wellcome Trust-Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, South Africa
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News date: 2012-10-04
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).