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Bioinformatics Ghana 2016 – course report

In July 2016 the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana hosted a four day workshop on whole exome sequencing data analysis. The workshop was delivered by Aled Jones and was heavily based on the workshop delivered at the University of Khartoum a few months earlier (see report) Course Design The workshop was designed to be as hands on as possible with a talk each morning providing the theory which is then applied during the practical session in the afternoon. The course opened with with an introduction to Next Generation Sequencing and Whole Exome Sequencing followed by a hands...
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Bioinformatics Ghana 2016 – course report

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Bioinformatics Ghana 2016 – course report

In July 2016 the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana hosted a four day workshop on whole exome sequencing data analysis. The workshop was delivered by Aled Jones and was heavily based on the workshop delivered at the University of Khartoum a few months earlier (see report) Course Design The workshop was designed to be as hands on as possible with a talk each morning providing the theory which is then applied during the practical session in the afternoon. The course opened with with an introduction to Next Generation Sequencing and Whole Exome Sequencing followed by a hands...
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Wellcome Trust sponsored project completed

In early 2016 we were delighted to receive funding from the Wellcome Trust, UK to run two projects over the course of the year. One project was to run a series of outreach events in Nigeria, while the other was to establish a sustainable collaboration with the University of Khartoum, Sudan. We are delighted that all goal have now been achieved. See the below link for some pictures and a short report. See the full report here!
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Nigeria outreach spree continues!

Our outreach coordinator Mahmoud has been on an outreach spree the pass few weeks, from Lagos to Yobe State, Nigeria. He and his team are inspiring future generation of African Scientists through hands-on activities ranging from protein assays, fly fractionation,  DNA modelling to cell modelling. During these events, students from nine (9) secondary schools learned to conduct experiments and present their findings, with quiz competition at the end, for which, the top schools received microscopes as prizes. More to follow soon!
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TReND workshop on Genome editing – Applications open now!

We are excited to announce the first ever TReND course on Genome editing, to be held at the icipe campus in Mbita, Kenya on May 20th-June 11th. Find all information here: https://trend-genome-editing-course.com/ Print poster here.
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Open Labware II – Applications open now!

We are excited to announce the second installment of our VolkswagenStiftung-sponsored "Open Labware" course on 3-D printing and electronics to build your own lab equipment. The course will be held at the Department of Physiology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Eligibility encompasses all African-based researchers with an MSc degree or higher. In addition, this year we also reserve a number of slots for applications from our funder's base-country of Germany to foster international exchange. More information on the top of the application form. Spread the word, print the poster (pdf here!) and apply!
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SONA 2017 Conference, Entebbe, Uganda

The Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA) is the largest organisation of Neuroscientists on the African continent and serves as the umbrella organisation for all African national neuroscience societites. SONA conference is a biennial, pan-African event that rotates all over the continent, with most recent instalments in Rabat, Morocco (2013) and Durban, South Africa (2015). In June 2017, we are proud to host the 13th installment of the Society of Neuroscience of Africa conference, for the first time, in Kampala, Uganda. The conference will take place over a total of four days filled with dozens of symposia and plenary lectures by...
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Apply now! Molecular biology workshop, Nigeria

We are excited to announce our 1st Molecular biology workshop in Nigeria! What makes this even more special is that the workshop grew of out of the initiative of one of our alumni, Ibukun Akinrinade! For more info, see poster below (print it from pdf) and check out the course website!
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2016 Neuroscience school in full swing!

After already one week of our traditional Drosophila Neurogenetics school things are starting to fall into rhythm. This year we are at IMTU, Dar es Salaam with students coming from 11 different African countries: Nigeria, Sudan, Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon, Tanzania, Madagascar, Ghana, Etiopia!   Many thanks to our sponsors, which this year include IBRO, ISN, COB, Cambridge Alborada Fund, hhmi Janelia and others!   2016 Faculty: Tom Baden (University of Sussex, UK) Sarah Carl (FMI Basel, Switzerland) Chuan Cao (University of Cambridge, UK) Ansa Cobham (Monash University, Australia) Chris Elliot (University of York, UK) Yunusa M Garba (University...
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TReND at Maker Faire, Zurich

On September 17-18th, the Maker Faire was for the first time in Zürich. This Faire gathers makers of all walks of life which leads to a really interesting and exciting exchange of ideas and projects! We had a stand where we could discuss TReND's mission and our open source microscope, the FlyPi (overview of the project here and here). It was really great to see the excitment of kids and adults alike when we showed then what could be done in diagnostics and science with limited resouces.
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