Wellcome Trust - Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research
The inaugural lecture of the Wellcome Trust - Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research (WT-CCGHR) took place at the University of Cambridge on 2nd May 2013, with the CEO of the GAVI Alliance, Dr Seth Berkley speaking about 'Harnessing the power of science and the private sector: a 21st century model for international development'. Click the links for the slides for Dr Berkley's talk, and a video recording too (also available in high definition). The world-leading flu expert, Professor Derek Smith (Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Evolution and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Cambridge, and Co-PI for the WT-CCGHR) gave a great presentation in response to Dr Berkley's lecture, and that talk is also available on the video recording.
Cambridge in Africa
* The Cambridge in Africa Programme (which includes the MUII, THRiVE, and CAPREx initiatives) is pleased to announce a call for joint applications from researchers at the University of Cambridge and their African partners, for the Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund. For more information about the fund and the application process, please click here.
Introduction to the THRiVE Programme
Africa bears a disproportional amount of the world’s disease burden and this in turn has a significant negative impact on its people and the continent’s economic development. Scientific infrastructure and research training are weak and under-resourced in many parts of Africa, contributing to a failure to apply modern technologies and medical advances to the health challenges still facing much of the continent. The strengthening of Africa’s indigenous scientific research base is crucial to the identification of its disease control and public health priorities, and to the discovery and successful application of appropriate solutions. The “Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa” (THRiVE) partnership, led by Makerere University in Uganda, aims to strengthen institutional research capacity in East Africa, and to support the next generation of East African researchers to become internationally competitive and self-sustaining scientific leaders, seeding a regional research community with the critical mass to address African health priorities.
THRiVE has matched outstanding young researchers with exciting projects over a wide range of disciplines, and is supporting them with committed teams of scientific mentors. The University of Cambridge, along with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is providing training, co-supervision and mentorship for THRiVE PhD and post-doctoral fellows registered in the African partner universities. The first fellowships begun in 2011.
The Director of the THRiVE consortium is Professor Nelson Sewankambo at Makerere University. The main THRiVE consortium website is available at http://www.thrive.or.ug.
Cambridge University's role in the THRiVE programme
Cambridge University is one of the world’s leading research-based multi-faculty universities, and has outstanding research capabilities and influence. As a partner in the THRiVE programme, Cambridge is keen to provide co-ordinated, cross-faculty research strengthening and scientific training activities to African scientists. This would help to tackle regional health problems in Africa and support Africans in developing their own regional centers of excellence for scientific education and training. Central to this programme is the principle of supporting African PhD and post-doctoral research on African priorities, in Africa.