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Deadline: 30 September 2017The Evolving Risk Factors for Cancer in African Populations (ERICA-SA ) project has received funding from the Grants, Innovation and Product Development (GIPD) Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), with support from the South African National Department of Health and the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) from the UK Government’s Newton Fund.ERICA-SA will utilise lifestyle data and biological samples collected by the Johannesburg Cancer Study (JCS) from 20,000 African cancer patients to investigate the causes of cancer and to enhance scientific research capacity in South Africa. This will be the largest study of its kind in Africa.Posed to be the largest study of its kind in Africa, ERICA-SA will support three PhD students and two Postdoc fellows with a background in genetics, microbiology, epidemiology, bioinformatics or biostatistics. Research areas include: Genetic susceptibility to common African

The infectious disease scientist spent seven years in the U.S. before returning home to establish a thriving center for research and help lead the fight against malaria.[caption id="attachment_5689" align="alignleft" width="305"] Gordon Awandare, Director at West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, University of Ghana - ‎Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Ghana. Photo Credit: Linda Nordling.[/caption]Malaria has been part of Gordon Awandare’s life for as long as he remembers. Growing up in Kandiga, a small village in northeastern Ghana, he used to get the disease at least twice a year. Treatment was scarce. His grandmother would lay him on a mat in the cool shade of a tree and give him acetaminophen—if there was any. “You just toughed it out,” he recalls grimly.These days, Awandare is in the vanguard of a fight against the parasitic disease

[caption id="attachment_5641" align="alignright" width="362"] CARTA Corhot 6 Fellow Nomfundo Moroe during her rapid-fire pitch presentation at the DELTAS AGM in Accra, Ghana on July 5, 2017. PHOTO/AESA[/caption]CARTA Fellow Nomfundo Moroe won the Best Abstract Award in Ghana during the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa Annual Meeting.The convening which began on July 3 to 5, 2017, brought together African health researchers from 31 African countries to showcase some of the ground breaking research being done on the continent to address Africa’s health challenges.She lived true to the theme of the AGM, that is, “showcasing the best so far” as she made an engaging rapid-fire presentation—under three minutes—where she presented her pitch about the management of noise and hearing loss in the mines in South Africa.Ms Moroe, a PhD Candidate from the University of Witwatersrand, beat 14 other

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) held the seventh Faculty and Administrative Staff workshop (FAS) on July 17-19 at the University of Rwanda (UR) in Kigali, Rwanda. Over 120 participants from CARTA partner universities and research institutes attended. They included junior staff, senior staff, librarians, and deans of post graduate schools, finance officers, finance managers, registrars, Public relations and communication officers.[caption id="attachment_5650" align="alignright" width="448"] Participants attending the 7th Faculty and Administrative Staff workshop (FAS) on July 17-19 at the University of Rwanda (UR) in Kigali, Rwanda. PHOTO/EKILONZO[/caption]Professor Philip Cotton, Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda, graced the opening ceremony. He said managers and university administrators critical people who are involved in scouting for research funding opportunities, manage the budget and worked closely with academics.CARTA Program Manager Prof Peter Ngure said this years' FAS meeting was different compared to

CARTA Fellow Boladale Mapayi has been appointed the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.The PhD fellow, who is a senior lecturer at the institution’s Department of Mental Health and a clinical psychologist, was appointed to her new role on July 1, 2017.Shortly after sharing the announcement, Dr Mapayi who is a CARTA Cohort 4 fellow said: "I thank CARTA for being a major stakeholder in my success story. The leadership skills training are coming in handy. Great job CARTA Team."Dr Mapayi on June 2, 2017 successfully defended her thesis titled "Integrating Family Planning into Mental Health Services for women attending the Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife".

Prof. Peter Mbithi, vice chancellor of the University of Nairobi, hosted the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) 2nd Vice Chancellors’ meeting in July 10-11, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The summit brought together eight vice chancellors from CARTA’s African partner universities, three heads of CARTA’s partner research institutions as well as two representatives from CARTA’s Northern partner institutions.Also in attendance were representatives from the Kenyan Ministry of Higher Education, the Commission for University Education (CUE) and Ambassadors and Heads of foreign missions in Kenya from CARTA partners ‘countries. The CARTA Co-directors Prof. Sharon Fonn and Dr. Alex Ezeh led the CARTA secretariat.Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha, the Board Chair for the Commission for University Education (CUE) delivered the keynote address on behalf of the Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i.At the conference, members reinforced the resolve to advance Africa’s research and