West African Invasion Network holds maiden workshop in Dakar
A new coalition of WACCBIP-affiliated scientists with a shared interest in erythrocyte invasion mechanisms, have held its maiden workshop entitled ‘Targeting Malaria: Plasmodium falciparum Invasion Assay’ at the Laboratory of Bacteriology-Virology in the hospital Aristide Le Dantec in Dakar, from June 8 to June 13, 2015. The group known as the West African Invasion Network, brought together several seasoned researchers as well as early stage scientists in the field of Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte invasion to share ideas on assay procedures and to train young scientists on methods for studying invasion mechanisms. Participants went through four days of grueling laboratory work in order to better understand and perfect invasion techniques. Altogether, the workshop presented a great opportunity to fine tune skills previously acquired and network with potential future collaborators.
The professors/facilitators included Julian Rayner, Manoj Duraisingh, Amy Bei, David Conway, Tandakha Diallo, Mamadou Diakite, Ambroise Ahoudi, Alfred Ngwa, ZenonZenonos and Gordon Awandare. Trainees were drawn from across the West African sub-region, including Ghana, The Gambia, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso. The workshop was supported with funds from the Cambridge-Africa programme.
WACCBIP team visits Institut Pasteur in Dakar
While in Dakar for the West African Invasion Network workshop in Dakar, some WACCBIP faculty members, including Dr. Gordon Awandare, Prof David Conway and Prof Mahamadou Diakite took the opportunity to visit the Institut Pasteur to tour their facilities and explore potential collaborative research projects. They were received by Dr. Makhtar Niang, who conducted them round the facilities. They also met with Dr. Aissatou Toure, the head of Immunology at the Institute, to learn about the ongoing research work and possible areas for joint research. Dr. Awandare also briefed their hosts about the training opportunities as WACCBIP and entreated them to encourage their talented young staff to apply for fellowships in the WACCBIP PhD and postdoctoral training programmes.