Immuno-Zambia 2022 Introduction



Video Credit: Gabriela Zamora-Herrera

46 students from 15 African countries including 12 participants from Zambia and additional students from Mexico, Croatia and India, plus a faculty of 21 from various African countries and Canada, Germany, France, Mexico, and USA joined in Lusaka/Zambia for the one-week interactive course on the “big four” (HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, Covid-19) from 4 to 9 December.

In addition to talks, roundtable discussions, short presentations by participants and poster sessions, the participants worked in small groups in a grant-writing exercise under supervision of faculty mentors. On the last day, each group presented their grant proposal which was evaluated by faculty judges. A great exercise for upcoming real applications!

Overall, the first full in-person course after the pandemic was a great success, thanks to a dedicated faculty, highly motivated students, and excellent organization. Special thanks are due to Bon Holtak and the Immunopaedia team for all the administrative work (including preparation of the online pre-course) to make this course possible.


FacultyTopicLearning Link
Dieter KabelitzInnate Immunity to Viral Infections Immunity to Viral Infections
Kelly McNagnyAdaptive Immunity to Viral Infections
Wendy BurgersCellular Immunity to SARS-Cov2 Immunity to Sars-CoV-2
Jinal BhimanHumoral Immunity to SARS-Cov2
Rosana PelayoEmergency hematopoiesis: a seminal innate mechanism to fight inflammatory infectious diseases
Kondwani JamboBasic Immunology of HIVBasic Immunology of HIV
Zaza NdhlovuThe role of tissue resident immune cells in HIV elimination
Lishomwa NdhlovuHIV and cancer
Thumbi Ndung'uCurrent HIV vaccine design landscape
Jackson Marakalala Immunology of Tuberculosis Immunity to Tuberculosis
Miossec PierreChronic inflammation and risk of TB
Monde MuyoyetaImmune responses to TB in HIV infected patients
Sam Kinyanjui Cellular Aspects of Immunity to Malaria Immunity to Malaria
Azza Idris HussenHumoral aspects to Malaria and vaccine development progress and challenges
Manuel RitterSchistosomiasis-Challenges to global control of this neglected tropical disease Immunity to Schistosomiasis
William Horsnell Parasitic nematodes: why should we worry about them?Immunity to Helminths
Yanet ValdezEquity, Diversity and Inclusion in Academia Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Academia
International Union of Immunological SocietiesUniversity of South AfricaInstitute of Infectious Disease and Molecular MedicineElizabeth Glazer Pediatric Aids Foundation