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In this September 2019 issue of The AAS Big Picture we showcase opportunities in both biomedical and social science research. We also highlight some amazing science in Africa on innovative solutions to health challenges. If you have content on funding opportunities, events or science in Africa feel free to email this to communications@aasciences.ac.ke for inclusion in this monthly e-newsletter.
Ebola now curable after trials of drugs in DRC
A team of African researchers led by Dr firstname Muyembe discovered a new Ebola treatment that can cure symptoms in just an hour. This is a ground-breaking achievement and an inspiring example of Africans solving African challenges.
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How can Africa create pathways for leapfrog technologies to thrive?
Dr. Moses Alobo, programme manager at Grand Challenges Africa discusses one of the networks recent launches, the transition to scale for innovations programme, and explains how it can help drive societal impact.
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First steps in disaster risk reduction strategy
The anticipated Climate Research for Development (CR4D) project that will implement an early warning system for building communities’ resilience to health impacts of climate change was officially launched in Dakar.
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Snakebites: making treatments safe, effective and accessible
Treatments for snakebites already exist and yet the human toll from snakebites is one of the world's biggest hidden health crises. They kill more than 120,000 people each year and leave another 400,000 with life-changing disabilities, mostly in the poorest communities. 
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Welcoming the Governing Council's sub-committees
The AAS Governing Council recently welcomed 2 new sub-committees: the Governance and Nominations sub-committee and the Programmes sub-committee. Induction for members of these new sub-committees was held on 26 August 2019 at The AAS headquarters. The sub-committees include Fellows of The AAS.
Community & Public Engagement (CPE) Seed Fund Awarded
The DELTAS Africa CPE Seed Fund Round 1 inception meeting was held on 28-30 August 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The CPE fund will support 13 DELTAS Africa doctoral and postdoctoral trainees over 6 months to undertake innovative community & public engagement projects aligned to their research.
Nigeria secures a place in Shanghai rankings
The University of Ibadan has become the first Nigerian institution to appear in the Academic Ranking of World Universities list of the world’s top 1,000 universities.
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Nigeria's new commissioner announced
Prof Akin Abayomi the Principal Investigator for the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium (GET) was appointed as the new Honourable Commissioner for Health for Lagos State, Nigeria on 20th August 2019.
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Dr Saikou Bah, one of the DELTAS Africa Fellows, was awarded the Global Challenges Research Fellowship from the University of Sheffield, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. His research will focus on identifying the genetic determinants that cause Streptoccus pyogenes bacteria to infect the skin or throat, to develop treatments in low- and middle-income countries where this is a significant disease burden.
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Dr Priscilla Kolibea Mante, an AAS Affiliate from Ghana was among the twenty women scientists that won the 2019 Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World Early Career Fellowship. Her research aims to provide genomic data for management of epilepsy patients in Ghana.
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Dr Banothile Makhubela, one of the Royal Society and AAS Future Leaders African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellows walked away with the 2019 South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA) prize in the category: Distinguished Young Women Scientists – Natural (Physical & Life) & Engineering.
Her research on metal-based drugs for the treatment of cancer was published in the American Chemical Society journal.
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Dr Dahabo Adi, one of the Grand Challenges Africa grantees, created a GPS tracking system to help save the lives of pastoral women and their babies, after witnessing a lot of maternal and infant mortality because of lack of basic check-ups in remote areas. The scheme has now helped more than 268 women and maternal and infant deaths have dropped.
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Researcher mobility funds to promote collaboration among African and Indian scientists
The Africa India Mobility Fund (AIMF) is accepting applications from African and Indian scientists who wish to conduct visits of up to three months in either direction. The applications close on 4th October 2019.
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Biomedical Research Fellowship Opportunity
The Population Council is seeking applications for a laboratory scientist from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal or Zambia who is studying/working in an institution in their home country, at the graduate student or faculty member level, with experience working in new drug delivery systems for reproductive health. The applications close on 15th September 2019.
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African Researchers’ Small Grants Program (SGP III)
The African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases is seeking proposals for both operational and social science research on Emerging Challenges facing NTD program implementation in Africa.
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Michelson Prizes
The Michelson Prizes are scientific awards of $150,000 given annually to young investigators who are applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research across major global diseases. The applications close on 31st October 2019.
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Institutionalising evidence-informed decision-making
In this series of videos, some of the leading scholars in Africa, including AAS fellows?, talk about how they will contribute to efforts to institutionalise evidence-informed decision-making in their countries. 
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Media skills for scientists
Engaging with journalists is one of the best ways to get your research noticed and to raise your public profile, which can lead to more collaborations and funding. This free online course will teach scientists how to use the media to reach non-scientists.
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Review of Wellcome funded science
Wellcome have developed a short survey to refine different ideas about what they might achieve with Wellcome-funded science and to identify possible different approaches to funding. The survey will remain open until 5 pm (BST) on 8th September 2019.
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Clinical Pharmacologists and Pharmacometricians in Africa
Pharmacometrics Africa have developed a brief questionnaire to better understand the presence of clinical pharmacologists and pharmacometricians in Africa to potentially support their work.
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Young scientists’ return to Africa vital
Africa is a continent hard hit by brain drain. Thousands of skilled workers have left Africa in search of greener pastures, leaving the continent starved of human capital.
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Africa will be most affected by climate change
Despite Africa contributing less green house emissions, it will be the hardest hit when it comes to the effects of climate change.
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Meeting the challenges of research across Africa
Seven researchers from African nations discuss the career implications of developing their research at home or abroad.
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Campaign to find low-cost system to tackle rabies
Most deaths from rabies could be prevented if all dogs were vaccinated and services made available to people who get bitten by dogs.
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'I would not have kept the baby': Fighting depression in pregnancy
Millions with conditions like depression, anxiety and schizophrenia struggle to get treatment due to lack of resources and the stigmatisation of mental health problems.
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African Universities Battle to Attract Post-Doctoral Researchers. Here's Why
Postdoctoral training is vital for new PhD graduates. This is a period of "apprenticeship" for a newly-minted researcher to hone their skills in a research environment. It typically follows completion of the doctoral degree.
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Scholarly success of African universities: common contributing factors
A survey done last year found that 71% of African students studying outside Africa thought a degree earned abroad represented a higher-level qualification than a degree at home.
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SuperScientists – The Heroes We Need Today and to Fight for the Future
A new set of superheroes, developed in South Africa, is set to inspire youth across the continent to pursue careers in science and technology. The superheroes including Iron Heart, Interferon, The Doctor and The Eradicator, SuperScientists depicts real scientists as superheroes.
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The 14th H3Africa Consortium Meeting
The 14th Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) consortium meeting will be held on 22-27 September 2019 in Accra, Ghana. The consortium facilitates fundamental research into non-communicable diseases on the African continent while also developing infrastructure, resources, training, and ethical guidelines to support a sustainable African research enterprise – led by African scientists, for the African people.
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Connecting Minds Africa 2019
The Connecting Minds Africa (CoMA) conference will be held on 25-27 September 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. CoMA is a transdisciplinary scientific and networking conference that convenes African young scholars to share their research and provides them with a platform to connect, inspire, motivate and build mutually supportive networks that will enable them to contribute to the development of science that address Africa’s needs.  
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ATPS@25 Annual Forum and Conference
The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), a policy think-tank, will hold a two-day forum on 30-31 October 2019 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The forum will discuss how science, technology and innovation can be deployed more effectively to achieve most of the development agenda in Africa.
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The 1st International ONE Health Forum in Africa
The 1st International ONE Health Forum in Africa will be held on 14-15 November 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The forum will focus on strengthening the public health practice of national public health institutes in Africa by assembling representatives from existing ONE Health initiatives and networks. One Health focuses on endemic zoonotic diseases through recognizing that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment.
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Imaging Africa
Imaging Africa is a four-day workshop and a one-day symposium that will be held on 13-17 January 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. The workshop will be focused on exposing students to a variety of microscope technologies and impactful applications. 
The applications close on 15th October 2019.
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