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Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Impacts of physical distancing for COVID-19 in Africa
Tanzanian traditional plant treats wounds
Virtual reality gives African school children a glimpse into research
Global research community asks for the right research in the right places for COVID-19
Scrutinizing an emerging drug resistant Salmonella in Malawi
The Big Picture (July 2020 Issue)
This July issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the continued response against COVID-19, our 2019 annual updates and a series of blogs from AAS' community of scientists covering developing affordable titanium implants, harnessing solar power, improving blood screening and scientific priorities for climate change and maternal health. It also features funding opportunities in drug discovery, the recently launched International Research Management Staff Development Programme, and the call for applications for the AAS Affiliates Programme.
The Big Picture (June 2020 Issue)
This June issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the continued response against COVID-19 and includes a report on physical distancing measures by African governments and its impact, it also highlights developing an African scientists directory, the AAS Future Campus, improving the livelihoods of dairy farmers and a blog from the former President of the Republic of Mauritius Professor Ameenah Gurib Fakim.
The Big Picture (May Issue)
This May issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on Africa's research priorities for COVID-19, AAS Future Campus, understanding African genes in the fight against malaria and ensuring equal opportunity for women in science. It also highlights funding opportunities in natural environment research, water pollutants, FLAIR fellowships and various science awards.
The Big Picture
This April issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the AAS' response to coronavirus in Africa, ensuring equal opportunity for women in science, improving indoor air quality and using nanomaterials to provide clean drinking water. It also highlights funding opportunities in biological sciences, healthy longevity and food systems.
The Big Picture
This March issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the Coronavirus situation in Africa, innovative methods to fight drug resistance and unveils the new GGC website. It also highlights funding opportunities in cancer prevention, snake bite research, climate resilience and land resource governance....
The Big Picture
This January/February issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the inclusion of more African women in science, unveils the new cohort of AAS Affiliates and promotes the second phase of the DELTAS Africa programme. It also highlights the importance of open access research as well as opportunities in research.
The African Academy of Sciences International Research Management Staff Development Programme – (IRMSDP)
The African Academy of Sciences and Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) UK are launching the International Research Management Staff Development Programme (IRMSDP) to contribute to the strand on developing individual capacity of research management staff. The programme is focusing on knowledge sharing and the development of tools and resources, created by teams consisting of research management professionals from across Africa and the UK.
Setting research priorities to achieve quality maternal health care in Africa
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is implementing the African Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Priority Setting programme, which is engaging Africa’s science leaders and political stakeholders to identify the top scientific priorities that, if addressed, offer the highest return on investment for Africa’s sustainable development. Over a five-year period, the programme will be developing, publishing and disseminating to relevant stakeholders, a set of position papers communicating the top 10 scientific priorities for Africa. In this blog, AAS Grand Challenges Africa members Dr Moses Alobo and Colette Adhiambo, detail the process for setting R&D priorities for maternal, neonatal and child health and why these are important for Africa.
Improving blood screening for safer transfusion practices
Dr Sophie Uyoga is a medical research scientist, and an IDeAL fellow with an interest in blood transfusion and how to improve blood quality to aid patients’ recovery and survival post-transfusion. The Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL) is supported by the African Academy of Sciences programme, the Developing Excellence, Leadership and Training in Science in Africa (DELTAS Africa). IDeAl is a high-quality training programme that aims to develop outstanding young African scientists into world class research leaders. It is available to young researchers, from undergraduate research attachments to postdoctoral fellowships, with the aim of keeping scientists at African institutions through a defined programme of recruitment, supervision, mentorship, multidisciplinary approaches and clear career paths.
Announcing the 2020 Africa-India Mobility Fund Awardees
The Africa India Mobility Fund (AIMF) was set up by the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance (India Alliance) and the African Academy of Sciences’ (AAS) in 2018 to foster south-south research collaborations and learning between the two ecosystems.
AIMF was set up in recognition of the fact that Africa and India face similar challenges, both in the diseases that affect their populations and socio-political issues as well as the leadership required to address these. AIMF catalyzes exchanges expected to enhance the skills of Indian and African researchers and contribute to the growth of knowledge and leadership towards common health challenges. So far, 8 African and Indian researchers have been supported through this Fund. Find their details here.
Developing affordable titanium implants in Africa
Titanium alloys are coveted in a wide range of land-based applications especially in the biomedical industry where they are used for making implants and prostheses. Around 80 million people in Africa are considered disabled and this is likely to increase with an increasingly aging population. Accidents and their resultant injuries have contributed to a high prevalence of disability and significant impacts on quality of life in Africa. Producing implants and prostheses locally would help in tackling this disability burden.
Harnessing solar power to provide clean energy
Non-renewable energy from fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil are used widely across the globe and particularly in Africa. Fossil fuels generate greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. This environmental problem and the ever-increasing demand for energy, has motivated researchers to look for alternative renewable energy sources.