Fifth H3Africa Consortium Meeting

VENUE: White Sands Beach Resort, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Meeting Overview

7-11 November 2014

7 November 2014 – Sickle Cell Disease Meeting & Principal Investigators Meeting

8 November 2014 – Consortium Meeting Day 1: PI Presentations (Updates & Progress)

08:00-08:30                 Registration  /  Morning Coffee or Tea
08:30-09:00 Welcome and Introductions  Prof Akinlolu Ojo Chairman

Session I :            Presentations  – Chair: Charmaine Royal

09:00-09:10 Presenter: Emilomo Ogbe

Title: “Indigenous linguistic and cultural concepts of heritability and comprehension of genomics research in Nigeria”   

Project: ELSI

Principal Investigators: Clement Adebamowo

09:10-09:20 Presenter: Kibur Engdawork

Title:  :  Enhancing Ethiopian youths’ literacy about the gene x environment contributions to health using the context of Podoconiosis”

Project: ELSI

Principal Investigators: Getnet Tadele

09:20-09:40 Presenter: Guida Landoure

Title: “Exploring the underlying genetic defects of hereditary neurological disorders in Mali”

Project Clinical and Genetic Studies of Hereditary Neurological Disorders in Mali

Principal Investigators: Guida Landoure


Morning Poster Session Tea/Coffee break

Session II:            Presentations  Chair: Barry Bloom

10:40-11:00 Presenter: Johannes Maree

Title: “Genome-wide nucleosome positioning in Trypanosoma brucei ‘

Project: The Genome-wide nucleosome organization in BF and PF form T. brucei

Principal Investigators: Hugh Patterton






Presenter: Enock Matovu

Title: “Updates from TrypanoGEN” 

Project: TrypanoGEN: an Integrated Approach to the Identification of Genetic Determinants of Susceptibility to Trypanosomiasis

Principal Investigators: Enock Matovu


11:20-11:40 Presenter: Ablo Wachinou

Title: RAFAgene Project. Where are we? Contribution of  Genetic Variation to Pharmacokinetic Variability and Toxicity in Patients Undergoing Multi-drug Tuberculosis Treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa (RAFAgene)

Project: RAFAgene

Principal Investigators: Dissou Affolabi

11:40-12:00 Presenter: Gobeni Ameni

Project:  Systems Biology for Molecular Analysis of Tuberculosis in Ethiopia

Principal Investigators: Gobeni Ameni



Session III :   Presentations   Chair: Phillip Adawalla

13:00-13:20 Presenter: Dr Mamadou Kaba

Title:  “The Microbiome and Respiratory disease in African Children”

Project:  The Nasopharyngeal Microbiome and Respiratory Disease in African Children

Principal Investigators: Mark Nicol

13:20-13:40 Presenter: Christian Happi

Title: Characterising Fevers of Unknown Origin through Metagenomics

Project:  Host and Microbial Genetic Determinants of Febrile Illness in West Africa

Principal Investigators: Christian Happi

13:40-14:00 Presenter: Rufus Akinyemi

Title: ‘SIREN: The journey  towards accurate comprehensive Stroke phenotyping in Africa’

Project:  Stroke Investigative Research & Educational Network (SIREN)

Principal Investigators: Mayowa Owolabi

14:00-14:20 Presenter: Nicola Mulder

Title: ” H3ABioNet updates relevant to the Consortium”

Project:  H3ABionet

Principal Investigators: Nicola Mulder


Afternoon Poster Session       Tea/Coffee Break

15:05-15:20 Presenter: Shiksha Reddy

Project:  Establishment of an H3Africa Biorepository at Clinical Laboratory Services

Principal Investigators: Ute Jentsch

15:20-15:40 Presenter: Alashle Abimiku

Title: “Supporting H3Africa Investigators In Pre-Analytical Biorepository Processes For High Quality Biospecimens”

Project:  IHVN H3Africa Biorepository (I-HAB) Initiative

Principal Investigators: Alashle Abimiku

15:40-16:00 Global Alliance for Genomics & Health (GA4GH)    Q&A
16:00-19:00 IEC/Steering Committee Meeting/Adhoc Session
19:00-19:30 Social Hour
19:30 Dinner & After Dinner Speaker

Morning Tea/Coffee


DBAC (Joint DSAR & BioR WG Session)

Chairs: Nicky Mulder

Rapporteurs: Maria Giovanni, Louise Wideroff

 Study Coordinator WG Session

Chairs: Veronica Francis, Robin Mason.

Rapporteurs: Nidhee Jadeja, Stacey Chambers.

 Phenotype Harmonization

Chairs: Jeff Struewing. Rapporteur: Marva Moxey-Mims.

Ethics & Regulatory Issues WG

Chairs: Janita De Vries Rapporteur: Ebony Madden


Data Sharing, Access and Release WG session

Chairs: Nicky Mulder, Bamidele Tayo. Rapporteurs: Maria Giovanni, Audrey Duncanson


Coffee/Tea break


Publications & Marker Paper WG and

Publications Action Group    Chairs: Michele Ramsay, Charles Rotimi

Rapporteurs: Ken Wiley, Audrey Duncanson

Communications & Outreach

Chairs: Judit Kumutini, Akin Abayomi. Rapporteurs: Jennifer Troyer, Nidhee Jadeja.

Genome Analysis WG Session

Chairs: Zane Lombard, Debo Adeyemo

 Rapporteurs: Jeff Struewing, Salina Waddy.

Education & Coordinated Training (Chairs: Sheryle McCurdy, WayengeraMisaki Rapporteur: Maria Giovanni


Group Photo / Lunch


14:00-4:15  DSAR                                              Chair: Nicky Mulder
 14:15–4:30  DBAC                                              Chair: Nicky Mulder
14:30-4:45 Biorepositories PI WG                         Chair: Louise Wideroff
14:45-5:00 Phenotype Harmonization WG              Chair: Jeff Struewing
15:00-5:15 Genome Analysis WG                         Chairs: Zane Lombard & Debo Adeyemo
15:15-5:30 Study Coordinator WG                       Chair:  Veronica Francis

Coffee/Tea break

 15:50-6:05 Communications & Outreach WG         Chairs: Judit Kumuthini & Akin Abayomo
 16:05-6:20 Education and Coordinated Training WG    Chairs: Sheryl McCurdy & Wayengera Misaki
 16:20-6:35 Ethics and Regulatory Issues WG              Chair: Jantina De Vries
 16:35-6:50 Publications & Marker Paper WG and

Publications Action Group                        Chairs: Michele Ramsay & Charles Rotimi

 16:50-7:05 PI’s report back on PI’s Meeting                Chairs: Dwomoa Adu and Lolu Ojo
 17:05-7:20                                                           Closing Remarks

Steering Committee Meeting (with Funders)


Social drinks



– Themed Session: Participant Recruitment; IATA Guidelines & Sample Barcoding

Information Session

– Grants Writing Workshop (H3Africa Fellows & Junior Scientists)

– Study Coordinators Workshop 10 November 2014

11:00am – 11:30am      Informed Consent Issues (Jantina De Vries and Ebony Madden)

11:30am – 12:00pm      Challenges and Issues Projects are Facing (Tabitha Kabayo)

12:00pm – 1:00pm        Lunch

1:00pm – 1:30pm          Labeling of Samples Using Barcodes (Ozumba Petronilla Jean)

1:30pm – 2:00pm          How to Receive Information from Biorepositories (Samuel Kyobe)

2:00pm – 2:30pm          Maintaining IRB Regulatory Binder (Robin Mason)

2:30pm – 3:00pm          Break

3:00pm – 3:30pm          GCLP Compliance (Ernest Tambo)

3:30pm – 4:00pm          Recruitment and Retention (Justine Komunyena)

4:00pm – 4:30pm          Role of Study Coordinators (Keofentse Mathuba)

4:30pm – 5:00pm          How to be a More Effective Study Coordinator (Veronica Francis)


Final Workshop Agenda

Photos from the Workshop

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Yellow Fever

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