12 February 2019

14 inaugural grantees for The AAS and partners’ mobility grants announced

Nairobi-Kenya

Fourteen African and Indian scientists will be supported through The African Academy of Sciences and partners’ innovative mobility grants aimed at increasing scientific collaboration among African and Indian researchers.

The Africa – India Mobility Fund (AIMF)

The AIMF is a collaborative effort between The AAS and the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (India Alliance) that funds African and Indian researchers to conduct visits of three months in either direction. Funding supports collaboration in research in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, dengue, malaria, vector-borne diseases, parasitic infections, emerging infections, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, health systems research, antimicrobial resistance, microbiome, drug development and general biomedical sciences. 

The Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme on Science and Language (SLM)

The programme is a collaboration between The AAS, Wellcome and Institut Pasteur to fund short term visits of up to six months for researchers in Anglo and Francophone Africa with the aim of increasing intra-Africa research collaboration between English and French-speaking African scientists while breaking language and cultural barriers.

The grantees funded in this first round of funding for the AIMF and the SLM are:

African scientists spending three months in India are:

Elias Emeka Elemike  
Home Institution: Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun and North West University, South Africa
Host Institution: SN Bose National Centre for Basic Science, Kolkata, India  
Research Topic: Purification of waste water

Eric Ogola
Home Institution: Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Kenya
Host Institution: National Centre for Microbial Resources, Pune, India
Research Topic: Cutting-edge genomic technology to identify genes responsible for antimicrobial resistance in children and their mothers

Ifeoma Ezenyi
Home Institution: National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Nigeria  
Host Institution: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Research Topic: Malaria research capacity strengthening for antimalarial drug discovery

John Osei Sekyere  
Home Institution: University of Pretoria, South Africa  
Host Institution: Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India  
Research Topic: Investigation into Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other bacterial pathogens in the context of host-pathogen interactions, host-microbiome and pathogen-microbiome interactions, and genome editing techniques

Indian scientists spending three months in Africa are:

Ganesh Bhutkar
Home Institution: Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune, India
Host Institution: University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa
Research Topic: Prototype Design of Mobile app for Mothers of Preterm Infants

M.V.N.L. Chaitanya
Home Institution: Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (RIPER), Chiyyedu, India
Host Institution: University of Ghana, Ghana
Research Topic: Drug discovery and traditional development of anticancer natural drugs

Mariappan Rajan
Home Institution: Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India
Host Institution: University of Johannesburg
Research Topic: Design and development of multi-properties encompassing materials for diabetic ulcers tissue engineering

Subbiah Latha
Home Institution: Anna University, Chennai, India
Host Institution: University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Research Topic: Magnetically triggerable smart tablets for improved ulcer therapy

Francophone researchers spending six months in Anglophone institutions are:

Soanandrasana Rahelinirina  
Home Institution: Institut Pasteur de Madagascar  
Host Institution: Africa Centre of Excellence for Innovative Rodent Pest Management and Biosensor Technology Development, Tanzania
Research Topic:  Fertility control in black rat Rattus rattus for prevention of plague in Madagascar

José Mangalu Mobhe Agbada
Home Institution: Université de Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Host Institution: University of Witwatersrand in South Africa
Research Topic: Geo-Spatial mapping of cardiovascular co-morbidity in South Africa: A novel approach to assess disease burden, hotspots and resource allocation

Yapi Brou Richard
Home Institution: University Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire
Host Institution: Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
Research Topic: Capacity building in brucellosis control through the one health approach

Ousmane SY
Home Institution: Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal
Host Institution: Medical Research Council Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, The Gambia  
Research Topic: Investigating population genetic structuring of Anopheles melas in Senegambia region

Sekou Sissoko
Home Institution:  Malaria Research and Training Center, University of Science Techniques and Technologies, Mali
Host Institution: Medical Research Council Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, The Gambia  
Research Topic: Malaria elimination

Scientists from Anglophone Africa spending six months in Francophone Africa:

Kevin Ochieng’ Opondo
Home Institution: Medical Research Council Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, The Gambia  
Host Institution: Institute Pasteur Dakar, Senegal
Research Topic: Impact of insecticide resistance on malaria vector longevity and transmission potential in the wild

Read their profiles on the links below

AIMF https://www.aasciences.ac.ke/aesa/programmes/africa-india-mobility-fund/aimf-grantees/

SLM https://www.aasciences.ac.ke/aesa/programmes/science-and-language-mobility-scheme-africa/slm-grantees/

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The African Academy of Sciences 

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About  The  Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance 

India Alliance is a public charitable trust registered in India that aims to build excellence in the Indian biomedical research community by identifying and supporting future leaders in basic, clinical and public health research for improving human and animal health.  Launched in September 2008, the India Alliance is funded equally by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and Wellcome Trust, UK. Besides supporting exceptional biomedical research scientists at Indian institutions through fellowships and a continuous system of engagement and mentoring, India Alliance aims to build a strong research ecosystem in India that can drive innovations to tackle health challenges and inspire the next generation of researchers.

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About Wellcome 

Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. It is a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. Wellcome support scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations, and spark debate. 

About  Institut  Pasteur and  Institut  Pasteur International Network 

The Institut Pasteur, a private foundation with officially recognized charitable status set up by Louis Pasteur in 1887 and inaugurated on November 14th, 1888, has been, for the past 130 years, an internationally renowned center for biomedical research with a network of 33 institutes worldwide. In the pursuit of its mission to prevent and fight against diseases in France and throughout the world, the Institut Pasteur operates in four main areas: scientific and medical research, public health and health monitoring, teaching, and business development and technology transfer. 

More than 2,500 people work on its Paris campus. The Institut Pasteur is a globally recognized leader in infectious diseases, microbiology, and immunology. Its 130 units also focus their research on certain cancers, genetic and neurodegenerative diseases, genomics and developmental biology. This research aims to expand our knowledge of living organisms in a bid to lay the foundation for new prevention strategies and novel therapeutics. Since its inception, 10 Institut Pasteur scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine, including two in 2008 for the 1983 discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. 

Located in 26 countries on five continents, the Institut Pasteur International Network includes 33 institutions, which are united by shared values and missions for the benefit of populations. It is a unique model for health cooperation and, in addition to its structures, brings together a human and scientific community that focuses on both local and international health priorities. 

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