We welcome you to the Sixteenth Meeting of the H3Africa Consortium. As you know we were due to meet in Tanzania this September with the African Society of Human Genetics. Unfortunately we have all been forced into detours which has created opportunities for creative engagement.  We hope that our virtual meeting experience will offer as many opportunities to share research findings and build upon them. We will dedicate time to explore research areas beyond the current scope of H3Africa to foster broader sustainable networks. Our early career scientists are always a key feature of H3Africa meetings, there will be several opportunities to engage young scientists during presentation and poster sessions. Our Principal Investigators and Scientists have also responded to the Covid-19 pandemic at various levels and are keen to share their experiences and findings with you. We appreciate your participation during this virtual meeting and look forward to meeting you in-person in time.

Sep 7 - 10 2020 Opens: 9am GMT

Monday 7 September

  • Opening – Special Guests TBA
  • H3Africa Overview Presentation by the H3Africa Chair & Co-Chair
  • H3Africa High Impact Project Presentation
  • H3Africa PI/IEC/Funder Meetings


Tuesday 8 September

  • H3Africa Fellows Activities
  • H3Africa Infections Disease Project Presentations
  • H3Africa Bioinformatics Training Project Presentation
  • Covid-19 Session & Panel Discussion


Wednesday 9 September

  • Guest Speakers and MCD opportunities
  • H3Africa Project Presentations
  • H3Africa Steering Committee/IEC/Funder Meetings

    Thursday 10 September

    • MCD Opportunities
    • H3Africa Bioinformatics Training Project Presentations
    • H3Africa Working Group Report Back, Feedback and Closing


Guidelines to virtual posters
  • Posters should be created in landscape view.
  • Font size in MS Powerpoint should be 28+
  • Content on posters should be readable without the need for observer to use the zoom function when viewed at full-screen width/mode.
  • It is recommended but not prescribed to arrange information blocks in a layout that follows
    1 2 3
    4 5 6
    7 8 9
  • instead of the print poster tradition of
    1 4 7
    2 5 8
    3 6 9
  • Final posters must be submitted in pdf format with a narrated audio recording (in mp3. output) no longer than 3 min.
Guidelines to audio recordings, narrated presentations
  • Insert audio from MS Powerpoint, and create a slideshow with audio
  • Create a narrated presentation on MS Powerpoint displayed as a video
  • Create a narrated presentation using Screencast-o-Matic displayed as a video
  • Final slideshow speed presentations must be created in MS Powerpoint and recorded in your own time with an output of an mp4 video.
  • OR must be created in MS Powerpoint no longer than 3 min. and no more than 5 slides and a recording time will be scheduled with you.
Recording tips

It is recommended you use a microphone with a headset as these generally produce the best audio quality.
Perform a brief test audio before you start recording your full length presentation to assess volume and quality. Adjust these if necessary.
Record your presentation from a quiet location to avoid background noise.


Your poster or slideshow presentation will be downloadable during the meeting and therefore be mindful of the content and information you choose to include.


to be updated

Alash’le G Abimiku

Sep 8 @ 2:30pm GMT

Breast Milk Microbiota Influence on Infant Immunity and Growth (BEAMING)

Christian Happi

Sep 8 @ 2:30pm GMT

Genomic Characterization and Surveillance of Microbial Threats in West Africa

Guida Landoure

Sep 7 @ 2:30pm GMT

Clinical and Genetic Studies of Hereditary Neurological Disorders in Mali

Zane Lombard

Sep 7 @ 2:30pm GMT

Deciphering Developmental Disorders in Africa (DDD-Africa) – Evaluating Clinical Exome Sequencing in an African Setting

Mogomotsi Matshaba

Sep 7 @ 1pm GMT

Collaborative African Genomics Network (CAfGEN)

Elizabeth Mayne

Sep 8 @ 2:30pm GMT

Establishment of an H3Africa Biorepository at Clinical Laboratory Services

Nicola Mulder

Sep 7 @ 2:30pm GMT

H3ABioNet: a sustainable African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

Leon Mutesa

Sep 7 @ 2:30pm GMT

Transgenerational Epigenomics of Trauma and PTSD in Rwanda

Michèle Ramsay

Sep 8 @ 2:30pm GMT

AWI-Gen Phase 2: Genomic and environmental risk factors for cardiometabolic disease in Africans

Guillaume Lettre

Sep 9 @ 1:00pm GMT

PI: Montreal Heart Institute.

Simon Kay

Wellcome Trust

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