SANBI-UWC helps investigate health and heredity in Africa

Genomics for Africa: Attendees at the inaugural H3Africa meeting in Addis Ababa on 6-10 October.

The first-ever pan-African research programme into disease and DNA was launched last month in Ethiopia, and scientists from the universities of the Western Cape, Cape Town, Witwatersrand, Pretoria, Limpopo, Rhodes and Stellenbosch are playing a starring role.

The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) project will unravel how Africans’ genes deal with illnesses such as tuberculosis, heart disease and sleeping sickness. Read more. Pictured below are some of the South African collaborators of this exciting initiative.

From the H3A bioinformatics network: Dr Oyekanmi Nash (National Biotechnology Development Agency, Nigeria), Dr Judith Kumuthini (CPGR, South Africa), Dr Nicky Mulder (UCT), Dr Nicki Tiffin (SANBI, UWC)

From H3Africa kidney disease research network: Professor Dwomoa Adu (University of Ghana Medical School), Dr Charlotte Osafo (Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana), and Dr Nicki Tiffin (SANBI, UWC)