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Forty-eight (48) fellows (24 fellows from Cohort Nine and 24 fellows from Cohort Six) are attending the month-long CARTA Joint Advanced Seminars (JAS) 1 & 4 held in partnership with Makerere University.These seminars begun from March 5-29 at the Makerere University School of Public Health and are offered once annually to each cohort.JAS-1 builds critical thinking, technical skills, and other core research competencies, and introduce students to the essential concepts and seminal articles of the disciplines brought together under CARTA while JAS-4 revolves around professional development.The seminars were officially opened by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and the Dean of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze. The Principal of the College of Health Sciences, Prof. Charles Ibingira was also present at the function.The fellows will acquire skills in research methodology, policy engagement, how

NAIROBI, KENYA: The 2019 CARTA annual Graduate Workshop was held from February 11 to 16, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya where 17 CARTA graduates and three early career researchers from the Non-Africa Partner institutions will participate.The graduates attending the one-week hands-on workshop gained skills to develop a successful and substantial proposal for a personal award to support their research or a research grant or large project that they will lead with guidance from facilitators. Their proposals will be sent to international reviewers for feedback. They will also interact with other researchers and develop and consolidate international professional networks. The workshop is also an opportunity for CARTA graduates to refine their applications for CARTA re-entry grants and postdoctoral fellowships.Some of the facilitators include Håkan Billig (University of Gothenburg), Charles Obonyo (KEMRI), APHRC's Duncan Gatoto, Evelyn Gitau, Florah Karimi, Justus Musasiah, Eunice Kilonzo, Marta Vicente-Crespo;

 [caption id="attachment_7109" align="alignleft" width="348"] Prof. R.A. Adedoyin (left) and Dr. T.O. Awotidebe holding the Patent Right Certificate for the Cardio-pulley Device.[/caption]An invention designed and constructed to help people with disability exercise by a CARTA Fellow has been patented by the Government of Nigeria. Cohort One Fellow, Taofeek O. Awotidebe Adedoyin from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria alongside his co-patentee, Prof. R.A., developed a cardio-pulley device that works by improving muscular endurance and strength and aerobic exercise capacity. He said: “In the advent of chronic non-communicable diseases and proliferation of diseases of lifestyle, many medical experts have recognized the importance of exercise and physical activity in the prevention of such diseases.” The simple pulley system—developed from his doctoral study— has modified braking system to provide resistance during graded upper body exercise training. It requires no hi-tech equipment and its production is relatively

The Section of Cancer Surveillance (CSU) at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), is currently seeking applications for a postdoctoral opportunity that has opened in the Section.One of the core tasks of the Section of Cancer Surveillance (CSU) is the systematic and ongoing collection, collation and analysis of the burden of cancer. Using routine data sources, particularly cancer registry data, CSU is commencing a project – SURVMARK-2 (A Comprehensive Approach to International Cancer Survival Benchmarking) that aims to assess the causes for survival differences between countries to support programs aiming to eliminate survival disparities in the future.In this project which is part of the second phase of the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership, CSU is working in collaboration with national teams and the Cancer Research UK to develop a set

By the time you finish reading this, at least six people will have killed themselves around the world.Those six are a tiny fraction of the 800,000 people who will kill themselves this year – more than the population of Washington DC, Oslo or Cape Town, writes Lady Gaga (singer, songwriter and actress) and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (director-general of the World Health Organization) in an Op-Ed in the Guardian.This year’s World Mental Health Day—marked on 10 October—puts a spotlight on the need to promote and to protect adolescent mental health.Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur: changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these could be both exciting as they would be stressful times. Failure to recognise and manage these feelings could lead to mental illness. Many adolescents live in areas

The 2018 CARTA Graduate workshop is held in Nairobi, Kenya from October 1-6, 2018. Thirteen (13) post-doctoral early career researchers will gain skills to develop a successful and substantial proposal for a personal award to support their research or a research grant or large project that they will lead.The Coordinator of the training is Hakan Billig from the University of Gothenburg while the other facilitators are Susan Bondy of the University of Toronto, Paramjit Gill from the University of Warwick, Elizabeth Dyke from the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, Violet Naanyu from Moi University, Flavia Matovu from Makerere University, Adamson Muula from the University of Malawi, Bonface Nyagah from DAAD, Charles Obonyo from KEMRI, Mosa Moshabela from University of KwaZulu-Natal and Florah Karimi, Duncan Gatoto, Damazo Kadengye, Bonface Ushie who are all from APHRC.By the end of the workshop, the participants

Twenty-two (22) fellows from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Malawi, Makerere University (Uganda), University of Dar es Salam (Tanzania) and University of Ibadan (Nigeria) attended this year’s JAS 3.A good blend of local and international facilitators was available to give fellows specific, one-to-one guidance. JAS 3, structured to afford fellows protected time and space for data analysis and scholarly writing, achieved this objective.Following the uplifting early morning scientific blitzes, fellows had the opportunity to write individually, interact with peers – through manuscript clubs, Work in Progress and diagnostic sessions, consult with facilitators and attend formal teaching sessions.The Intergenerational Dialogue was a unique opportunity for fellows to benefit from the wealth of knowledge of PhD holders from 3 – 5 different generations, who offered their distinct perspectives and experiences over the

[caption id="attachment_6879" align="alignleft" width="212"] Oluwaseun O. Akinyemi in a recent photo. PHOTO CREDIT/COURTESY[/caption]CARTA Cohort Four Fellow Oluwaseun O. Akinyemi has been appointed the Sub-Dean (postgraduate) of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), University of Ibadan. This takes effect from August 1, 2018.“I'd like to thank CARTA for all the investment made in getting us ready for responsibilities like this,” he said shortly after sharing the great news.As Sub-Dean, he will chair the faculty’s Postgraduate Committee where issues of abstracts, certifications, examiners' reports and results for Masters and PhD programs are considered, and approved, before being forwarded to the Postgraduate (PG) School. He will also assist the Dean in the administration of the faculty especially with regard to postgraduate students welfare.   Q: Was there an election for the role or you were appointed? A: I was the sole nominee for the position, so