CERI & KRISP Newsletter July/Aug 2022: NGS-SA Award, Monkeypox threat to Africa, COVID-19 BA.4 and BA.5 neutralisation and HIV-1 treatment workshop

Please find CERI’s & KRISP’s newsletter June/July issue of 2022. This month’s edition is a celebration of more awards and recognition of the tireless efforts of our teams towards the global pandemic response; but also a reflection on the future, not only of the evolution of COVID-19 sub-variants and their repercussions, but also the emergence or continuation of other viral threats. Another area of interest is the evolution of Monkey Pox to a global health emergency and what that means for the African continent.

 CERI & KRISP Newsletter June/July 2022: Monkeypox, COVID-19 BA.4 and BA.5 lineages, Microbiome and phylogenetic training and much more

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

- News: Monkeypox is Now a Global Health Emergency – Here’s What it Means for Africa

- Award News: NSTF-South32 Awards Evening – NGS-SA Wins Data Science Award

- Blog: The World Enters our Playroom: Music and Family in the Time of COVID, BMJ 2022.

- Publication: Omicron BA.4/BA.5 escape neutralizing immunity elicited by BA.1 infection. Nature Communications, 2022

- Publication: African science should have a central place on the world stage. The Lancet 2022

- Seminar: Un-RESOLVE-d questions for management of HIV in the dolutegravir era, Dr. Suzanne McCluskey, 11th August, 11h00, Durban

- Workshop: Exploratory Data Analysis and Modelling in R with Microbiome Applications, 22-26 August 2022, Durban, South Africa.

- Workshop: NGS-BRICS Viral Sequencing and Phylogenetics Workshop, 26-30 Sept 2022, Stellenbosch & virtual, South Africa.

CERI and KRISP want to 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. A critical function of CERI and KRISP will be to make genomics, epigenetics, and bioinformatics accessible to academic, industrial, and commercial users.

News date: 2022-08-15



KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).

Location: K-RITH Tower Building
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN
719 Umbilo Road, Durban, South Africa.
Director: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira