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EVENT DESCRIPTION  
 
Event Type:  Seminar (This is an NIH Science event)
 
Title:  Nurturing Bioinformatics in Low-Resourced Settings: The Case of Uganda
 
Description:  Uganda has produced several breakthroughs of global public health importance. These include the first identification and descriptions of the mycobacterial disease ‘Buruli’ ulcers, the Zika virus in 1947, the Epstein-Barr virus and its role in Burkitt’s lymphoma, heterosexual transmission of HIV-infection, the discovery that a single dose of nevirapine administered to mother and baby reduced mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 50%, and the association of male circumcision with a lower risk for HIV transmission in men. And yet the physiological/molecular mechanisms impacting the etiology of such diseases have rarely been investigated in Uganda, owing to the absence of requisite skills and infrastructure for basic science research.

To ensure continued health research productivity, Uganda needs to be empowered with the right tools and skills for the next frontier of scientific research and discovery. A significant fraction of such skills and tools are nested in genomics and bioinformatics, given the context of increasing affordability and availability of sequence information on the one hand, and the need to understand the role of Africa’s extensive human genomic diversity in disease etiology, diagnosis and treatment. Bioinformatics competencies will thus enable engagement in research with the highest potential to yield discoveries holding the most translational value.

Dr. Jjingo will provide snapshots of some of the ongoing research projects in the country that involve a bioinformatics dimension and are illustrative of the need to support bioinformatics programs. This will be followed by an account of some of the ongoing attempts to expand both bioinformatics research capacity and infrastructure in the country - including short courses, plans to start sustainable bioinformatics degree programs, establishing relevant bioinformatics infrastructure (computer labs, servers, conferencing facilities) as well as cultivating national and international training and rese
 
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EVENT DATE/TIME  
 
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017   10:00am - 11:00am Add To Outlook Calendar     Add To iCal Calendar     Add To Entourage Calendar
 
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EVENT SPEAKER(S)  
 
Name:   Dr. Daudi Jjingo
Title:   Faculty
Organization:   Makerere University’s College of Computing and Information Sciences
Country:   Uganda
 

EVENT SPONSOR(S)  
 
Organization(s):  [NIH] National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); African Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics
 

EVENT LOCATION  
 
Location:  On the main NIH Campus
Building:  Building 10 (Clinical Center)
Room:  Lipsett Auditorium
 
Street Address:  10 Center Drive
City:  Bethesda
State:  Maryland
Zip Code:  20892
 

EVENT CONTACT(S)  
 
Name:   Karlynn Noble
E-mail:   karlynn.noble@nih.gov
 
 
 
 
 
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