Immunology workshops, conferences and courses in Africa for healthcare professionals, researchers and students.
Leveraging Genomic Diversity to Promote Animal and Human Health
- 25th June 2019
- 13:30-15:00 South African Standard Time
- Virtual ePanel
Genomic variation is a driving force in determining animal and human health and susceptibility to disease. Animal breeding has made huge strides in optimizing yield while lowering costs, and lessening the impact on the environment while also improving the general health of the animals. In human health there is a recent trend toward developing polygenic risk scores to stratify the population into disease risk categories. The clinical utility of genetic risk is dependent on the heritability of a trait and there is a keen awareness that many other factors, like the environment and behavior, influence individual risk. Predictions of health outcomes are therefore complicated and tests based on genetic variation lack specificity and sensitivity. The transferability across human populations remains uncertain, as most studies have been done on Europeans and some on Asians, but there is very little data from Africa. On the other hand, the environment and behavior of animals in an agricultural setting, can be better controlled and therefore genetic potential can be assessed at birth with much better predictive outcomes.
This thought-provoking ePanel broadcast will discuss a range of issues and questions, challenging current perceptions and thinking about future practices in human and animal health.
- What are the limits to animal breeding using a genomic approach, if any?
- How can we use the practices in animal breeding to think about public precision medicine?
- Are concepts of “herd optimization” relevant to human health?
- How does genetic diversity impact the transferability of knowledge from one population to another?
- Are we sharing data in the human and animal fields in such a way that we can leverage it internationally to promote health?
Following the panel discussion broadcast, audience members watching the live event will be able to participate in a live Q&A with the panelists. Questions can be submitted during the broadcast via Twitter or the chat room, or in advance when registering for the event.
Register Now – https://virtual.keystonesymposia.org/ks/live/302/page/1634
- 19-23rd October 2019
- Beijing, China
- Abstract submission deadline: 20 May
IUIS 2019 is organized by the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), and hosted by the Chinese Society for Immunology (CSI)y for Immunology (CSI).
Key themes: Adaptive immunity, innate immunity, immunology and diseases and interventions.
A variety of travel awards are available.
Apply Now – iuis2019.org
- 7-12th October and 14-18th October
- River Club, Mowbray Cape Town and CHIL HVTN
- Abstract submission deadline: 30 June
- Participants will be accepted based on the scientific merit of their submitted abstracts and completion of a knowledge on-line survey.
- Selected participants will be awarded a full scholarship (travel and accommodation) to attend the two events – IDA Symposium and Flow Cytometry course.
- Other participants will be awarded a partial scholarship (travel and accommodation) to only attend the IDA Symposium
Apply Now – 9th IDA Symposium
- 12-16th October 2019
- Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Jaipur, INDIA
- Application deadline: 15 May
The course is open to senior PhD scholars, clinicians Post doctorates, young faculty and researchers. Enrolment to the course is on merit. Applications received after due date may not be considered. This is an in-residence’ course. Selected participants are expected to stay in RUHS campus for all days of the course.
Submit i) short CV along with full list of publications, ii) an abstract highlighting area of research (less than 200 words), iii) statement of purpose (one page) explaining how will this course benefit your ongoing research, iv) letter of recommendation from your supervisor / Head of the Department. Application must be accompanied by registration fee.
- Indian Participants Rs 5000
- Foreign participants USD 100
Impact of tropical infections on mother and child immunity
- 3-10th November 2019
- Benin Diaspora Hotel, Ouidah
- Abstract submission deadline: 7 June
This 2nd Regional West Africa Immunology course is sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation and the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and is open to PhD, MSc, MDs and postdoctoral fellows from Africa (45) and Germany (5).
An interactive forum with international faculty including lectures, discussion groups and grant writing sessions. Immunology of malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and neglected tropical diseases will be discussed with special emphasis on mother and child health in Africa.
All participants will have free access to teaching material via the web-based Immunopaedia platform www.immunopaedia.org.za 6 weeks prior to the course. Each one is expected to become familiar with the material in order to benefit maximally from the course.
Registration will be free for all selected students.
Travel costs and housing will be covered by the sponsors.
Apply Now – Immuno Benin
- 4-8th November 2019
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Application Deadline: 19 July
The Annual African Vaccinology Course (AAVC) has been a major success in enhancing vaccinology expertise in Africa. In its 14 years on offer more than 1000 participants have been trained. In 2019, VACFA will conduct the 15th AAVC.
Aims of the 2019 course are to:
- Provide participants with essential and up to date knowledge on human vaccines
- Discuss the successes, challenges & opportunities to improve immunisation programs in Africa
- Provide a forum for members of NITAGs to share national immunisation issues & identify areas for collaboration and technical capacity development
- Foster communication & networking among African vaccinologists
Who should attend:
- Immunisation program managers & officers
- Researchers & public health professionals working in the field of vaccines – immunology, immunisation activities such as policy formulations etc
- Postgraduate students & post docs in the field of vaccinology and immunology
Apply now – www.vacfa.uct.ac.za/VACFA_15thAAVC_Flyer
We create and host online courses in partnership with the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and other bodies. These courses educate and support participants and students before and after Immunology conferences and courses world-wide.
We provide frameworks of knowledge so that participants can fully engage and get the very best out of real-world courses. We also provide lectures, relevant resources and assessment to educate users on all fronts.
8TH INFECTIOUS DISEASES IN AFRICA (IDA) SYMPOSIUM
The River Club, Cape Town, South Africa, 12-17th November 2018
IDA 2018 – Immunopaedia Session
KCB Leadership Center, Nairobi, Kenya, 23-28 September 2018
Immuno-Kenya Immunopaedia Session
Immuno-Kenya Immunopaedia Session
Hotel Royal Mirage, FES, Morocco, 3-7 April 2018
IUIS-ALAI IMMUNO BRAZIL “ADVANCED COURSE ON VACCINES” 2017
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 11th – 15th December 2017
13TH ANNUAL AFRICAN VACCINLOGY COURSE (AAVC)
Cape Town, South Africa, 13-17 November 2017
IMMUNO-SOUTH AFRICA 2017 COURSE
Krystal Beach, Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town, 1-9 September 2017
MRC Unit Banjul, Gambia, 19-26 November 2016
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 5-8 October 2016
Kilifi, Kenya, 19–24 September 2016
IUIS-FAIS IMMUNO-TUNISIA COURSE
Hammamet, Tunisia, 4-8 April 2016
IUIS-FAIS-IDA IMMUNO SOUTH AFRICA COURSE
Cape Town, South Africa, 20-24 October 2015
Medellin, Columbia, 10-13 October 2015