The African Genomic Medicine Training Initiative is led by a Planning Team made up of experts from across Africa. In addition there is an advisory board. The different working group members volunteer for specific tasks as the need arises, in the past there has been a nursing competency team, trainers, facilitators and a workshop task team.
Prof. Faisal Mohamed Fadlelmola, PhD, FBCS, FIBMS, CTDP, University of Khartoum, Sudan. Experienced Principal Investigator with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Life Sciences. Strong research professional with a Postdoctoral Fellowship Training focused in Cancer Genomics and Bioinformatics from the Centre for Translational and Applied Genomics (CTAG), BC, Vancouver, Canada. Since August 2012, he works as the Principal Investigator for the H3ABioNet Sudan Node. H3ABioNet, the NIH funded Pan African Bioinformatics Network for Human Heredity and Health in Africa, is being developed to support H3Africa research projects through the development of bioinformatics capacity on the continent. Currently, he is the chair of the H3ABioNet Research Working Group (January 2015-Present) as well as active member of Education and Training Working Group and the H3ABioNet Management Committee (January 2013-Present) and some of the H3Africa Working Groups. In October 2014, he started working as the head and founder of the newly established Centre for Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (CBSB) at the Faculty of Science, University of Khartoum, Sudan. He has been involved in a variety of research projects on topics such as cancer genomics, bioinformatics, molecular epidemiology of cancer, translational and applied genomics, mobile health and mobile learning, among many others.
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Upon completion of her doctorate in Medical Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, thesis titled “Biochemical Studies Based on Signal Transduction by C-erbB-2 gene Product”, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, she published many articles in the area of cancer diagnosis (Mansour et al, 2012, Eissa et al, 2011, Eissa et al, 2005, Kassim et al, 2004, etc.) where she helped establishing detection systems for many epithelial tumors. At 2002, she joined Glasgow Caledonian University where she identified the differences between breast and ovarian cancers in the Androgen receptor gene methylation and exon one CAG repeat length (Kassim et al, 2004). She joined important research in the molecular events accompanying hepatitis C viral infections among Egyptian patients (Hassan et al, 2007, and Hassan et al, 2002). Dr. Kassim published a large longitudinal study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology about the Host and viral determinants of the outcome of exposure to HCV infection genotype 4 (Kamal et al, 2014). She shared the development of Bioinformatics Master and undergraduate programs in Helwan and Ain Shams Universities. She is the Co-PI of the Egyptian node of H3ABioNet Pan-African Network.
Guida Landouré is a medical doctor trained in general medicine in Mali in 2002. He joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the exchange visitor program in 2004 where he stayed until the end of 2007 before joining the University College London, London, UK in 2008 as research assistant. At the same time, he undertook a PhD thesis which he successfully defended in 2011. Dr. Landouré is now Assistant Professor in Neurology at the University of Sciences, Techniques and Technology of Bamako, Mali, and has settled a Laboratory working on neurogenetics diseases and . Dr. Landouré’s work is focused on hereditary neurological disorders but also other genetic disorders afflicting the African population such as sickle cell disease. His work has led to the characterization of new clinical entities, and the discovery and characterization of the gene for several neurological diseases. He is a member of several scientific communities in Africa and abroad. His short-term research goal is characterize hereditary neurological disorders and establish their molecular basis. His long-term research goal is to implement molecular diagnosis in West Africa as to make it a standard practice and capacity-building to close the existing gap between Africa and the rest of the world in terms of genetic research and healthcare delivery.
Prof Mulder heads the Computational Biology Division at the University of Cape Town, and leads H3ABioNet, a large Pan African Bioinformatics Network of over 30 institutions in 14 African countries. H3ABioNet aims to develop bioinformatics capacity to enable genomic data analysis on the continent by developing and providing access to and skills and computing infrastructure for data analysis. Prior to her position at UCT, she worked for 9 years at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in Cambridge, as a Team Leader, responsible for development of one of the most heavily used bioinformatics resources at the Institute. At UCT her research focuses on genetic determinants of susceptibility to disease, African genome variation, and microbial genomics and infectious diseases from both the host and pathogen perspectives. Her group also provides bioinformatics services for the local researchers, through which they develop visualization and analysis tools for high-throughput biology. Her team led the design of the H3Africa genotyping array and has also been involved in the development of new and improved algorithms for the analysis of complex African genetic data as well as for downstream analysis and interpretation of GWAS data. Prof Mulder is actively involved in training and education as well as curriculum development in Bioinformatics and Genomic Medicine
Vicky is the training coordinator for the Human Heredity and Health in Africa Consortium (H3Africa). She is an active member of the H3Africa Education and Coordinated Training Working Group (ECTWG) and she also supports the H3Africa Fellows’ Club, the Sickle Cell Disease Ontology Working Group and the African Genomic Medicine Training Initiative. She earned her first degree in Chemistry and Microbiology from the University of Cape Town (Maths – Class Medal); graduated Cum Laude for her Hons and MSc degrees from the University of Western Cape (South African Bioinformatics Institute). She earned a PhD in Bioinformatics in 2008 from the University of Cape Town for a thesis titled ‘Genome-wide Analyses of Allele-specific Splicing in Human’. In addition, she was awarded an MPhil in Monitoring and Evaluation in 2012. She has research experience in Bioinformatics and in the Public Health field which includes designing, monitoring and evaluation of projects in the Information Communication Technology field (particularly in mHealth). She conducted numerous mHealth projects which included a public participatory project in the development of the South African National Strategic Plan on AIDS, TB and HIV (2012-2015). To this end, she is collaboratively developing a mobile phone app. She is passionate about evidence based training and in translating genomic research outputs into clinical practise.
Michael Pepper is Director of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Director of the SAMRC Extramural Unit for Stem Cell Research and Therapy and a professor in the Department of Immunology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria. He is also professeur associé in the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Michael has worked extensively in the field of clinically-oriented (translational) molecular cell biology, and his interest include stem cells and the human genome. He is co-responsible for the Southern African Human Genome Programme which was launched in January 2011. Michael has > 250 medical and scientific publications and has received a number of awards for his research. He has been extensively involved in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also interacts regularly with the media and writes for the lay press on medical and scientific matters.
Fouzia Radouani had her PhD in Immunology; she is researcher at Institut Pasteur du Maroc,Casablanca, Morocco. Responsible of Chlamydiae and Mycoplasma laboratory, her research interest includes all diseases associated to Chlamydiae and Mycoplasma infections (Sexually transmitted diseases, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases…). Dr. Radouani is conducting and managing research projects, author and co-author of many publications, presented her work in numerous national and international conferences. She is active member in various associations and organized many conferences, meetings. Dr Radouani is also interested in bioinformatics discipline, She is principal investigator of the H3Abionet project, responsible for the Bioinformatics platform implementation in Institut Pasteur du Maroc, Morocco, supervising MSc and PhD students, developing tools and training, open to initiating collaborations. She is working in the African network (3Africa) with main objective to meet the needs in genomics, data analysis and biological mechanisms exploration, sharing knowledge. She has as ultimate principle to be an efficient member in the group.
Raj Ramesar is Professor and Head of the Division of Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town. His academic activities include expanding genetic clinical services to a range of other disciplines and introducing genomic technologies into the research and service environment. He is co-principal investigator on the H3A ‘Schizophrenia in the Xhosa Population’ project. Raj is also involved with curriculum design for genomic medicine – in a way that it will be accessible to a wide audience, ranging from the lay public to nurses and general practitioners as well as specialist genomic researchers. Raj serves on the editorial board of several international journals and is the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence, the international Human Genome Organisation’s Africa Award – and he was recently elected to the University of Cape Town’s College of Fellows.
Director of the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB) and Professor in the Division of Human Genetics, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg. Her research interests include African population genetic and epigenetic diversity and their role in diseases exacerbated by adverse lifestyle choices, including obesity, cardiometabolic diseases. She participates in genetic research into rare eye, skin and autoimmune diseases in African populations, including albinism, keratolytic witer erythema, glaucoma, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis. She is Principal Investigator of an NIH funded Collaborative Centre under the H3Africa Consortium for “Genomic and environmental risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases in Africans”, holds a Research Chair on Genomics and Bioinformatics of African populations and is President of the African Society for Human Genetics.
I am a medical doctor with super speciality training in clinical genetics and genomics. I have been in charge (as Snr. Consultant) of the Unit of Genetics and Genomics at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, UG since 2008. This unit also serves as the National Reference for Rare Mendelian disease. I am ex-official (chair) of the ECTWG of H3Africa and current member of the AfSHG.