Talks and Training:

Here we provide you with list of training activities and talks that we take part.

Talks are open to the public and presented monthly in Durban at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine.



Talks

Training

KRISP Newsletter - Feb 2018: Partnership with SPARK Global Program at Stanford, innovation meeting, news, publications, training

KRISP Newsletter - 2018-02-28

In our second issue of 2018, we would like to bring attention to a partnership with SPARK Global Program at Stanford, innovation meeting, news, publications, collaborators and capacity building workshops


Science Discovery: Biomarkers for HIV treatment

KRISP News - 2018-01-19

Mercury Reporter, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 19 Jan 2018: Scientists led an in ternational research team which discovered new genetic markers that identify why the onset of Aids appears to occur so quickly in some people after they are infected with HIV The study published in the journal Science (Ramsuran et al. Science 2018), sheds new light on how specific human genes can lead to a faster deterioration for people living with HIV who are not on treatment.


SA study reveals important link between genes and Aids

KRISP News - 2018-01-19

HIV/AIDS researchers have never understood why people infected with HIV developed Aids at different times? but now they suspect that it all has to do with their genes. A study by South African and US researchers (Ramsuran et al. Science 2018) has shed new light on how specific genes in people can lead to the faster progression of Aids-related illnesses in people living with HIV who are not on treatment.


Why some HIV-positive people develop AIDS quicker than others is now clearer

KRISP News - 2018-01-19

The study, published in the prestigious journal Science (Ramsuram et al. 2018), was led by South African scientists who, together with an international research team, discovered that a specific-type human leucocyte antigen (HLA) gene helps infected cells to evade the body's first line of defence


Science Editorial: Inhibiting natural killer cells in AIDS

KRISP Papers - 2018-01-04

The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene complex varies enormously among individuals and helps explain individual variation in immunity to infectious diseases. Ramsuran et al. (Science 2018) examined data from almost 10,000 HIV infections.


Why KRISP? KRISP challenges the status quo to create a scientific environment in South Africa that drives innovations & reverses the brain drain.

Why KRISP? - 2017-12-31

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and UKZN have signed an agreement for the establishment of KRISP - the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform.


Science TM Editorial: Status is not everything

KRISP Papers - 2017-12-15

Many parameters are examined to try to understand HIV transmission in endemic areas. Tanser et al. (Science TM 2017) use longitudinal population-based data from rural South Africa to show that population viral load indices incorporating geographical location and local HIV prevalence can be used to infer HIV transmission potential.


Scientists develop new prediction methods for HIV infection rates

- 2017-12-14

The Mercury, 14 December 2017, KwaZulu-Natal-based medical research organisations have developed an improved method to accurately predict where the highest rate of new HIV infections will likely occur in a community. Press coverage of our KRISP paper by Tanser et al. (Science TM 2017)


Even with easy access to ARVs, only one in three HIV-positive people will seek them

KRISP News - 2017-12-05

By Katharine Child, 05 December 2017. SA's policy to reduce HIV infections is to do what the UN recommends, which is to get 90% of people tested, 90% of HIV-positive people taking antiretrovirals and 90% of those on treatment taking it properly so they are not infectious. Press coverage of our KRISP paper Iwuji et al. (Lancet HIV 2017).


South Africans with HIV miss out on the benefits of early treatment due to a fear of stigma

KRISP News - 2017-12-02

By Linda Nordling, 2 December 2017, Quartz Africa. Antiretrovirals 'the drugs used to keep HIV in check' don't only prevent people from getting AIDS; they also keep virus levels low, making those taking them less likely to pass the infection to others. Press coverage of our KRISP paper Iwuji et al. (Lancet HIV 2017).


Rising levels of HIV drug resistance

KRISP News - 2017-12-01

HIV drug resistance is approaching and exceeding 10% in people living with HIV who are about to initiate or reinitiate first-line antiretroviral therapy, according to the largest meta-analysis to date on HIV drug resistance. Press coverage of Gupta et al. (Lancet ID 2017).


HIV drug resistance is on the rise, notes research

KRISP News - 2017-12-01

Drug resistance in HIV is rising to more than 10% in people with HIV who are preparing to start (or re-start) first-line antiretroviral therapy, according to a recently published meta-analysis. Press coverage of our KRISP paper Gupta et al. (Lancet ID 2017).


We have designed a tool to track HIV infection rates cheaply and accurately

KRISP News - 2017-12-01

By Sikhulile Moyo, 1 December 2017. The conversation, press coverage of our KRISP paper Moyo et al. (PLoS One HIV 2016). A critical part of reaching zero new HIV infections by 2030 as the 'UN's Sustainable Development Goal aims to do' is to be able to track accurately when specific high risks groups become infected with the virus.


Prevention of HIV transmission by antiretroviral therapy

KRISP News - 2017-11-30

Commentary by Jens Lundgren & Andrew Phillips, Lancet HIV, 30 November 2017.


Five (5) KRISP positions open in Durban! Grants Manager, Office Admin, Molecular Technologist, DNA Data & Laboraroty Quality administrators.

KRISP Jobs - 2017-11-04

KRISP staff are based in a state of the art building in Durban and have access to fast advancing technologies such as genomics, epigenetics, bioinformatics and epidemiology.


X-meeting - 13th International Conference of the AB3C, Sao Pedro, Brazil, Oct 4-6, 2017

KRISP Training - 2017-10-04

Bioinformatics is now a strategic area for Brazil and all Latin America and, therefore, it is also strategic to the development of Science, Technology and Economy. The X-Meeting is a Brazilian event with international reach which has an average of 400 participants.


11th Annual Workshop on Advanced Clinical Care - AIDS (AWACC), Durban, South Africa, 6-7 Sep 2017

KRISP Training - 2017-09-06

The workshop is targeted at 400 clinicians, clinical virologists and nurses working in the public sector who are currently involved in the treatment of patients with HIV and TB in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


22nd International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME), Lisbon, Portugal

KRISP Training - 2017-08-27

The workshop provides both theoretical and practical training in phylogenetic inference and evolutionary hypothesis testing. It is recognized as one of the best international virus bioinformatics courses. It covers sequence analysis, phylogenetics, phylodynamics methods and large scale methods for next-generation sequencing (NGS) analytics


KRISP Newsletter - July 2017: news, videos, blogs, publications and training events

KRISP Newsletter - 2017-08-01

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about KRISP work. In this July 2017 issue of our newsletter, we have included interesting news, videos, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training events of KRISP


Enabling Infectious Disease Transmission Research

KRISP News - 2017-07-27

KRISP Researcher and Fulbright scholar Dr. Eduan Wilkinson news from the US: HiPerGator supercomputer is enabling infectious disease transmission research in UF's Emerging Pathogens Institute.


KRISP & SANTHE trainee wins Best Abstract at DELTAS Africa meeting

KRISP News - 2017-07-20

Friday, 7 July, 2017, Dr Marcel Tongo Passo, a SANTHE Post-doctoral trainee, has won a "Best Abstract" award at the DELTAS (Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science) Africa Annual Grantees Meeting 2017, held in Accra, Ghana, between 3 to 5 July. Passo is based at KRISP (KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform) and HPP (HIV Pathogenesis Programme) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


Durban at the forefront of DNA research - KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform - KRISP

KRISP News - 2017-07-15

By Arthi Gopi, Independent on Saturday Newspaper - KRISP atrracts the brightest - Durban is leading the way in DNA research, having attracted some of the brightest minds in the science field, in a new state-of-the-art lab in the city.


KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (KRISP) Established

KRISP News - 2017-07-12

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and UKZN have signed an agreement for the establishment of KRISP - the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform.


Newsletter, Jan-Mar 2017: 'Alarming' drug resistance levels, novel next generation sequencing method and the origin of HIV, SATuRN & CAPRISA workshop

KRISP Newsletter - 2017-03-31

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our research work. In this Jan-Mar 2017 issue of our newsletter, we have included interesting open access publications, news, blogs, reports, tweets, and training information produced by our group.


KRISP/SATuRN & CAPRISA 2017: HIV & TB Drug Resistance and Advanced Care Workshop

KRISP & CAPRISA - 2017-03-30

The workshop is targeted at clinicians, clinical virologists and nurses working in the public sector who are currently involved in the treatment of patients with HIV and TB in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


CD4+ Count Not Useful to Assess ART Response in HTLV-1/HIV Coinfection

IDSE Infectious Diseases - 2017-03-21

Patients coinfected with human T-cell lymphotropic virus 1 (HTLV-1) and HIV continue to have elevated CD4+ T-cell counts, even though there is no difference in their HIV viral load levels after antiretroviral therapy when compared with patients who just have HIV (Curr HIV Res 2017).


Prevalence of drug-resistant HIV reaches 'alarming levels' in Aruba

Healio News - 2017-03-17

The prevalence of resistance to nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors among HIV-infected individuals has increased to 'alarming levels' in Aruba, reaching 45% in 2015, see our recent publication at CID.


Perspective: Extreme high-level of drug resistance in Aruba: We need ITI-based regimens available globally now!

Healio News: IAS Perspective - 2017-03-17

Perspective by Carlos del Rio, MD Professor of medicine, division of infectious diseases, Emory University School of Medicine on our recent CID manuscript on high-level transmitted resistance epidemic in Aruba.


CD4+ T-cell count useful to assess antiretroviral therapy response in HTLV-1/HIV patients?

EurekaAlert! - 2017-03-17

News coverage and clinical management implication of our recent HIV/HTLV co-infection manuscript, Current HIV Research, 2017


We have been awarded a collaborative grant from SANTHE/Wellcome Trust programme in Africa

SANTHE - 2017-02-28

The Wellcome Trust DELTAS funded SANTHE program awarded seven grants to develop collaborative research projects to address critical challenges to African capacity in HIV and/or TB clinical, social/behavioural, and biomedical science.


Swiss South African Symposium on Pathogen Genomics

Swiss National Science Foundation & SA NRF - 2017-02-23

The National Research Foundation and Swiss National Science Foundation through their Swiss-South Africa programme, have funded a project entitled: A context-based knowledge resource integrating HIV and Mtb molecular biology with host-pathogen and drug-resistance data. As part of the project, the University of Cape Town Computational Biology Division and our research group at UKZN are hosting a symposium on pathogen genomics.


Newsletter, Dec 2016: Ethics & phylogenetics, HIV transmission cycle, UNAIDS Report, Drug resistance increases in Africa

BioAfrica & SATuRN - 2016-12-15

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our research work. In this December 2016 issue of our newsletter, we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our group.


Ethics and Viral Genomics: An Exploration of Ethical Issues Associated with HIV Phylogenetics

Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN - 2016-12-09

This is a half-day interactive workshop, which seeks to explore and deliberate on key ethical issues associated with HIV phylogenetic analysis as applied in our understanding of HIV transmission dynamics, particularly in African settings. Keynote presentations will be followed by plenary discussions led by the speakers.


Time to get serious with HIV-1 resistance in sub-Saharan Africa

The Lancet Infectious Diseases - 2016-12-02

In The Lancet Infectious Diseases, John Gregson and colleagues report the results of a meta-analysis investigating HIV-1 drug resistance in 20 studies from sub-Saharan Africa.


Unrelenting spread of HIV amongst Adolescent girls and young women in rural and urban KwaZulu-Natal

Mercury - 2016-12-01

By Professor Ayesha Kharsany, December 1, 2016, Durban - Globally, over 1.6 billion people are in the age group 12-24 years, the largest generation of adolescents and young people. However, almost 42% of new HIV infections occur in this age group, nearly 80% of these live in sub-Saharan Africa and more than 70% of these infections occur in adolescent girls and young women. Not only do these adolescent girls and young women have higher rates of HIV, they also acquire infection 5-7 years earlier than their male peers.


Two manuscripts featured in the Lancet website front webpage on AIDS day.

The Lancet - 2016-12-01

Two of our recently published manuscripts (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016 & Gregson et al Lancet Infectious Diseases 2016) are highlighed in the Lancet website front webpage...


UNAIDS Report 2016 - Get on the Fast-Track - The life-cycle approach to HIV

UNAIDS - 2016-11-22

In this report, UNAIDS is announcing that 18.2 million people now have access to HIV treatment. The Fast-Track response is working. Increasing treatment coverage is reducing AIDS-related deaths among adults and children. But the life-cycle approach, which highlight our phylogenetics manuscript (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016), has to include more than just treatment.


More than 18 million on HIV treatment, a million more than 2015: UNAIDS 2016 Report

Reuters - 2016-11-22

More than 18 million people now have access to life-saving AIDS treatment, 1.2 million more than at the end of last year, the United Nations said on Monday. With detailed data showing some of the many complexities of the HIV epidemic, the report found that people are particularly vulnerable to HIV at certain points in their lives (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016). It called for 'life-cycle; approach to offer help and prevention measures for everyone at every stage of life.


10th Annual Workshop on Advanced Clinical Care - AIDS (AWACC)

AWACC - 2016-10-06

This AWACC annual workshop is in the 10th edition and it is organized as a joint effort of the Centre for AIDS research (CFAR) of Harvard Medical School, SATuRN, CAPRISA, UKZN and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health. AWACC objecitve is to translate the latest evidence-based research and apply best practice models of care into good clinical practice, specifically for resource constrained areas.


SATuRN Newsletter, 3rd quarter, 2016: SATuRN/CAPRISA, Rural vs Urban resistance levels, PhD fellowships, AWACC workshop

SATuRN - 2016-10-01

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of SATuRN. In this third 2016 issue of our newsletter we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our network. We hope you enjoy it and find it informative. We welcome any feedback about content or format.


4th Joint Congress of the South African Society for Bioinformatics (SASBi) and the South African Genetics Society (SAGS)

SASBi & SAGS - 2016-09-23

The biennial SASBi and SAGS congresses are the premier national scientific meetings on bioinformatics and genetics in South Africa. In total, 187 participats delivered 40 oral presentations and 65 posters in SASBi-SAGS-2016. This congress provided an exciting opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research in both disciplines, and to network with members of the two societies and with leading international scientists.


PhD Fellowships: 2x postions at CAPRISA on Genomics, Bioinformatics, HIV-1 Drug resistance and/or Phylogenetics

CAPRISA, UKZN & MRC Flagship - 2016-08-24

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) at CAPRISA aims to develop and retain South African scientists and professionals of the highest calibre.


PhD Fellowship I: Genomics, Bioinformatics & Drug Resistance

CAPRISA, UKZN & MRC Flagship - 2016-08-23

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) at CAPRISA aims to develop and retain South African scientists and professionals of the highest calibre. The genomics and bioinformatics project in HIV-1 drug resistance is inter-disciplinary in nature and involves collaboration between the CAPRISA's MRC HIV-TB Pathogenesis and Treatment Research Unit and the Flagship Program of the MRC, which are two of the most prestigious research programs in South Africa.


PhD Fellowship II: Genomics, Bioinformatics, Epidemioloy and Phylogenetics

CAPRISA, UKZN & MRC Flagship - 2016-08-23

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) at CAPRISA aims to develop and retain South African scientists and professionals of the highest calibre. The genomics and bioinformatics project in HIV-1 phylogenetics and molecular epidemiology is inter-disciplinary in nature and involves collaboration between the CAPRISA's MRC HIV-TB Pathogenesis and Treatment Research Unit and the Flagship Program of the MRC, which are two of the most prestigious research programs in South Africa.


Studies Offer Fresh Hope in Fight Against HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Wall Street Journal - 2016-07-18

Researchers with the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, or CAPRISA, a consortium of South African and North American scientists, analyzed genetic codes (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016) from study subjects in South Africa to try to pinpoint biological factors that may contribute, along with behavioral factors, to the large number of infections.


First two South African MSc students graduate from the MRC Flagship Program: Inspiring blogs about their experiences and achievements

UKZN MRC Flagship - 2016-04-15

Megan Druce and Sthembiso Msweli are two very bright South Africans who have successfully completed their MSc as part of the UKZN Flagship program at the MRC. They both wrote inspiring blogs, the first is about a Cum Laude degree which allowed the award of a scholarship for a PhD in Germany, the second is about the history of a laboratory technologist from rural KZN, who after graduating was promoted to laboratory manager...


SATuRN Newsletter, 2016: SATuRN/CAPRISA, Increase transmitted resistance, TDF global resistance

SATuRN - 2016-04-01

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of SATuRN. In this first 2016 issue of our newsletter we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our network. We hope you enjoy it and find it informative. We welcome any feedback about content or format.


21st International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME)

Rega Institute & Korea University College of Medicine - 2016-03-15

The 21st International Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME2016) will be hosted by the Korea University College of Medicine, 14-19 August, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Abstract deadline: 15 March 2016


Inaugural Lecture: Bioinformatics, Genomics and HIV Research in Africa: A Brief Personal History

UKZN - 2014-07-14

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Malegapuru Makgoba cordially invites you and your spouse/partner to attend an inaugural lecture presented by Professor Tulio de Oliveira, 30 July 2014, K-RITH, Durban


From sample to sequencing: an introduction to Longhorn's primesuite of technologies

WTAC Genomics Programme - 2014-03-28

The Wellcome Trust Africa Centre Genomics Programme & UKZN MRC Flagship project cordially invites you to a presentation, 28 March 2014, Durban


Bioinformatics in the tropics workshop series 2013-2014

Bioinformatics in the Tropics - 2013-05-30

This is a series of four workshops, which will be presented in Brazil (2013 & 2014), South Africa (2013) and Uganda (2014) as part of a south to south capacity building programme to develop the next generation of bioinformaticians in Africa and Latin America.



- KRISP is reversing brain drain in Africa and achieving scientific excellence!



- Nature paper: Renewing Felsenstein's phylogenetic bootstrap in the era of big data



- Thought Leadership Workshop on Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship - 10 April 2018, Pretoria, South Africa



- Laboratory-free virology research: Computational approaches for evolutionary hypothesis testing



- KRISP Newsletter - March 2018: Partnership with TIA, DST and SAMRC on a Thought Leadership Workshop in Pretoria, News, Publications and Collaborators



- 3rd Durban Spark Innovation breakfast meeting - 4th April at 7h30-8h30, Durban, South Africa



- A dire need to cultivate entrepreneurship and innovation in SA



- Training the trainee - KRISP & KZN Science Center workshop on HIV/AIDS knowledge



- 2nd Durban Spark Innovation Breakfast Meeting - March Meeting Sparking Innovation on UKZN's Medical School Campus



- Renewing Felsenstein's Phylogenetic Bootstrap in the Era of Big Data



- KRISP Newsletter - Feb 2018: Partnership with SPARK Global Program at Stanford, innovation meeting, news, publications, training



- KRISP Join Stanford SPARK Innovation Program



- 1st Durban Spark Innovation Breakfast Meeting - February meeting in Durban to foster innovation between Universities, Government and Industrial Sector



- KRISP researchers presented at the CAPRISA Strategic Meeting



- Effect of DNA methylation on HIV disease



- Our Paper on Green Environment & Depression Selected as One of the 20 Most Influential Conservation Ecology Papers of 2017 by F1000!



- Science Discovery: Biomarkers for HIV treatment



- SA study reveals important link between genes and Aids



- Why some HIV-positive people develop AIDS quicker than others is now clearer



- Science Editorial: Inhibiting natural killer cells in AIDS


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