This month newsletters cover shows the devastation resulting from extreme weather events in Malawi. This is the topic of our main feature article, published this month in Science, that highlights the link between climate change and infectious diseases. We also feature some of the highlights from the recent VEME workshop that was hosted by CERI at Stellenbosch University and brought together 158 individuals from 39 different countries.
We feature a major publication in Science that highlights the link between climate change and infectious diseases. We also highlight how climate change is impacting diseases such as cholera using the genomic epidemiology of the cholera outbreak in Malawi 2022-2023 as an example. Genomic epidemiology was also used in a study from Brazil that unveils the dynamics and spatial corridor behind the Yellow Fever virus outbreak in the country.
This issue's highlights are:
- Inaugural Lecture: Two Decades of Genomics Excellence
- Featured: From Soccer Player to PhD candidate.
We hope you enjoy it and find it informative. We welcome any feedback about content or format.
The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) at Stellenbosch University and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), which is hosted at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa
CERI and KRISP 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. The way we challenge the status quo is by attracting, training and retaining both top (South) African scientists that understand the problem from the ground level and the best international minds that are committed to our vision
News date: 2023-09-08
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).