Professor Tulio de Oliveira delivered an inaugural lecture that celebrated two decades of groundbreaking genomics research in Africa.
Genomics, the study of genomes' structure, function, and analysis, has become a crucial tool in understanding pathogens, enabling precise responses to outbreaks and transforming healthcare across the continent.
Prof. de Oliveira's notable achievements include using genomics to exonerate doctors falsely accused of transmitting HIV-1 and hepatitis C in Libya and influencing global HIV prevention policies. His work also detected drug resistance in diseases like HIV-1 and tuberculosis, improving treatment outcomes.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, de Oliveira founded the Network for Genomic Surveillance South Africa (NGS-SA), identifying key SARS-CoV-2 variants. This approach garnered global recognition and set the stage for sustainable healthcare innovation in Africa.
This inaugural lecture held on September 5 highlighted two decades of genomics excellence under Prof. de Oliveira's leadership, propelling Africa into a new era of healthcare and research innovation.Video Recording
News date: 2023-09-05
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