In our January/February issue of 2022, we focus on the visit of our president Cyril Ramaphosa and minister Dr. Blade Nzimande to CERI¬ís new facilities at Stellenbosch University. We also highlight two students that graduated with a PhD and a MMedSci Cum Laude at KRISP at UKZN and the new papers and news about Omicron variant.
This issue's highlights are:
The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of the Centre for Epidemic Research and Innovation (CERI) at Stellenbosch University and 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.
- News: Ramaphosa lauds SU¬ís world-class CERI set to lead global epidemic response
- Capacity Building in Africa: A New Doc to Change the World with his bioinformatics skills
- Capacity Building in Africa: Capacity Building in Africa: MMedSci Cum Laude
- Science: Where did Omicron come from? Three Key Theories
- Nature's 10: Ten people who helped to shape science in 2021
- NY Times: The Variant Hunters: Inside South Africa¬ís Effort to Stanch Dangerous Mutations.
- Publications: Rapid epidemic expansion of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant in southern Africa. Nature 2022
- Publications: T cell responses to SARS-CoV-2 spike cross-recognize Omicron. Nature 2022
- Publications: The political theatre of the UK¬ís travel ban on South Africa. The Lancet 2021
- Publications: Track Omicron¬ís spread with molecular data. Science 2021.
- Twitter Science: The new way to quickly communicate scientific results! Please follow us for real-time updates
- Scientific Seminar: Collaboration in South Africa to lead the world on the discovery and characterisation of SARS-CoV-2 variants, 2 Feb 2022
CERI and KRISP want 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 CERI and KRISP will be to make genomics, epigenetics, and bioinformatics accessible to academic, industrial, and commercial users.
News date: 2022-02-02
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