STEM Learning

STEM Learning is one of the six strategic areas of the African Academy of Sciences. Stem Cell Science and Applications is an example of a programme being implemented under this strategic area.

Stem Cell Science and Applications

The Stem Cell Science and Applications programme mentors young African scientists and builds capacity in stem cell science, cell biology and regenerative medicine on the continent. Mentors include senior researchers in India, Brazil and South Africa.

Activities

Under the Stem Cell Science and Applications, the AAS:

  • Organised a workshop on Capacity Building in Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine from 11 to 13 November 2013 at the AAS headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, which drew 35 participants from across Africa. The workshop was organised with the financial support of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI)
  • Organised a workshop on Training and Mentoring African Scientists in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research from 4 to 6 August 2014 at the AAS secretariat in Nairobi. The workshop was attended by 33 participants, 15 of whom were young scientists from across the continent with financial support from The Inter Academy Panel (IAP), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI).
  • Funded seven young scientists to visit laboratories of their mentors in India, Brazil and South Africa. The mentees were from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The InterAcademy Panel also funded the visits by mentees
  • Jointly held a workshop on Stem Cell Science and Applications with the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) on 27 June to 1 July 2016 with 36 resource persons, experts and young scientists from Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia and Zimbabwe..

Mentees

  Mentee/Institution & [Local Mentor] Host Mentor & Institution Duration of Research Visit (2015)
  India    
1.

Farisai Chidzwondo,
University of Zimbabwe,
Harare, Zimbabwe [Prof. IdahSithole-Niang]

Dr. Anjali Shiras, National Centre for
Cell Sciences (NCCS), Pune, India
5 – 23 January
2. Jafer Kedir Ababora, Jimma
University College of Public
Health and Medical Sciences,
Jimma, Ethiopia
[Prof. Kora Tushune]
Prof. DorairajanBalasubramanian
and Dr. VirenderSangwan, LV
Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad
India
25 January -10 February
  Brazil    
3. Denis A. Russia, Muhimbili
University of Health and
Allied Sciences, Dar es
Salaam, Tanzania
[Prof. Sylvia Kaaya]
Prof. Vivaldo Moura-Neto, Prof.
Fabio Almeida Mendes and Prof.
Jose Garcia Abreu, The Institute of
Biomedical Sciences of the Federal
University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4 -22 May
4. Lucy Macharia, KAVI-Institute
of Clinical Research, College
of Health Sciences,
University of Nairobi, Kenya
[Dr. Marianne Mureithi]
Prof. Vivaldo Moura-Neto, Prof.
Fabio Almeida Mendes and Prof.
Jose Garcia Abreu, The Institute of
Biomedical Sciences of the Federal
University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4 - 22 May
5. Caroline W. Muriithi, Institute
of Primate Research, Nairobi,
Kenya
[Dr AtungaNyachieo]
Prof. Vivaldo Moura-Neto, Prof.
Fabio Almeida Mendes and Prof.
Jose Garcia Abreu, The Institute of
Biomedical Sciences of the Federal
University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1 - 20 September
  South Africa    
6. Dorcas Wachira, Kenya
Medical Research Institute
(KEMRI)
[Dr. Kimani Gachuhi]
Prof. Susan Kidson and Prof.
Michael Pepper, Institute for Cellular
and Molecular Medicine at the
University of Pretoria in South
Africa.
18-13June
7. Ms. Clare Njoki Kimani,
Institute of Primate Research,
Nairobi, Kenya
[Dr AtungaNyachieo]
Dr Venant Tchokonte-Nana, Islet
Research Laboratory, Anatomy and
Histology, Faculty of Medicine and
Health Sciences, Stellenbosch
University, Cape Town, South Africa
1 August – 30 September