CERI & KRISP Newsletter Jul/Aug: Portuguese President Honoring Prof. Tulio de Oliveira with Order of Merit, Women in Science Celebration.

This month newsletter’s cover includes a vintage tram on the streets of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, to celebrate the Portuguese President Honoring Prof. Tulio de Oliveira with Order of Merit Medal for Outstanding Scientific Contributions. In recognition of women’s month, we highlight the contributions one of our women scientists who has a passion for capacity building.

We feature a major publication in Science that evaluates the spread of Omicron BA.1 and also highlight the paper in Cell on how air travel contributed to the spread of SARS-COV-2 that was profiled as a Research Highlight in Nature. Join us as we continue our journey to identify and prevent the proliferation of viruses, shaping a safer and healthier world for all.

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This issue's highlights are:

- Award: Portuguese President Honours Prof. Tulio de Oliveira with Order of Merit Medal for Outstanding Scientific Contributions

- Feature: Women's Month Celebration: Building capacity of the next generation of women scientists

- Publication: Genomic assessment of invasion dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.1. Science 2023

- Featured: COVID variants exploited air travel for swift spread. Nature highlight our paper in Cell.

- Seminar: Understanding Bat-Borne Viruses: CERI's Monthly Seminar Highlights One Health Approach: Prof. Wanda Markotter

- People: The CERI family is expanding: Four Bright Minds Join to Combat Epidemics Through Innovative Research

- People: Sudanese Lecturer Finds Home Away from Home in South Africa Amidst Civil War: A tale of humanity, generosity, and friendship

- Award: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira Honored with 2023 Discovery Health Lifetime Leadership Award

- Training: Genomics Capacity Building Continues at KRISP: Two DNA sequencing courses with Industry with Thermo-Fisher Scientific and Illumina

- Public Lectures: Redefining the Virosphere by Prof Edward Holmes & Getting the most out of imperfect data by Prof. Marion Koopmans

We hope you enjoy it and find it informative. We welcome any feedback about content or format.

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) at Stellenbosch University and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), which is hosted at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa

CERI and KRISP want to challenge the status quo and create a scientific environment in South Africa that drives innovations in global health and reverses the brain drain. The way we challenge the status quo is by attracting, training and retaining both top (South) African scientists that understand the problem from the ground level and the best international minds that are committed to our vision…

News date: 2023-08-08