Two CARTA graduates recognized for their excellence in science
Two CARTA graduates Francis Fagbamigbe Adeniyi (Cohort 2) and Charles Drago Kato (Cohort 3) are among 25 early career scientists named in the prestigious African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Affiliates Program.
The program recognizes exceptional young African scientists who are below 40 years, and is currently in its third cohort. AAS, a pan African organisation headquartered in Kenya, described this round of selection as being “the most competitive pool yet with an overwhelming number of nominations from across the five regions of the continent.” AAS aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science technology and innovation.
The 25 scientists will be supported to attend conferences, symposia and workshops and other activities that will improve their skills in proposal development, grant writing and pitching innovations, improve their publication records and ensure that their research impacts their communities from 2018 to 2022.
“We welcome the new cohort who represent some of the brilliant minds from the continent. The AAS is committed to ensuring that they are provided with the opportunities they need to develop their careers and contribute to the development of the continent,” said AAS Executive Director Prof. Nelson Torto on 1 February, 2018.
Dr. Adeniyi is a researcher and lecturer of Medical Statistics holds a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria through the CARTA PhD fellowship. He has over 55 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has attended several local and international conferences in the last five years. He was a recipient of the 2014 Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria (MEPIN) Mentored Research Award been an NIH grant-supported research funded by the Fogarty International Centre, USA and the 2015 CARTA Re-Entry grant.
Dr. Kato is a Lecturer at the School of Biosecurity, Biotechnical and Laboratory Sciences at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Charles attained his PhD from Makerere University in Clinical Immunology and Molecular Genetics with support from CARTA and Afrique One Consortium in 2016. His research interests are in biomarkers research regarding disease co-infections and host-parasite interactions in infectious and zoonotic diseases so as to understand disease epidemiology, improve diagnostics and design better therapeutic interventions.
CARTA Program Manager Prof. Peter Ngure said the news “endorses our efforts towards generating research leaders in Africa.”
The AAS set up the Affiliates programme in 2015 to recognise, mentor and help early career professionals develop into world class research leaders. Through a donation from AAS Fellow and Senior Advisor Kevin Marsh, the Academy set up a fund in 2017 to promote the professional development of Affiliates and other early career scientists to help attract and retain them on the continent.
The AAS affiliates represent disciplines such as mathematical science, cultural sciences, humanities and social sciences, medical and health sciences, agricultural sciences, biosciences and geological, environmental, earth and space sciences. They are drawn from Benin, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Tunisia, South Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, Senegal and Sierra Leone.