H3Africa empowers African researchers to be competitive in genomic sciences, establishes and nurtures effective collaborations among African researchers on the African continent, and generates unique data that could be used to improve both African and global health.
There is currently a global effort to apply genomic science and associated technologies to further the understanding of health and disease in diverse populations. These efforts work to identify individuals and populations who are at risk for developing specific diseases, and to better understand underlying genetic and environmental contributions to that risk. Given the large amount of genetic diversity on the African continent, there exists an enormous opportunity to utilize such approaches to benefit African populations and to inform global health.
The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) consortium facilitates fundamental research into 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. The initiative consists of 51 African projects that include population-based genomic studies of common, non-communicable disorders such as heart and renal disease, as well as communicable diseases such as tuberculosis. These studies are led by African scientists and use genetic, clinical, and epidemiologic methods to identify hereditary and environmental contributions to health and disease. To establish a foundation for African scientists to continue this essential work into the future work, the consortium also supports many crucial capacity building elements, such as: ethical, legal, and social implications research; training and capacity building for bioinformatics; capacity for biobanking; and coordination and networking.


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Happening Now: The @H3Africa Ethics and Community Engagement Working Group monthly meeting, ELSI Projects presentations.

African genomic data sharing and the struggle for equitable benefit. Very insightful commentary by Prof. Michele Ramsay: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666389921002865

@H3Africa @WitsHealthFac @WitsUniversity @SAHumanGenetics @ICHG2022

Our paper Polygenic Prediction of T2DM in Continental Africa (CA) is published in Diabetes Care

We show that AA–derived PRS was more transferable and predictive in CA.

Great collaborative work and co-led with my colleagues @tchikowore1


Invitation to attend @H3ABioNet's January 2022 Webinar with Dr
@dtabb73, a visiting scientist at Institut Pasteur. He will present on "Challenges for Top-Down Identification of Proteoforms” at 3 PM CAT on 19 January 2022, TODAY! please join us - https://mailchi.mp/41adb9d777cc/4xp1yen82k-20127140

Wellcome Trust Early Career Awards
Application Deadline: 15 February 2022

Please visit the funding announcement page for details: https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/early-career-awards

Please complete FHS form by 31 January 2022 if you intend applying for this call: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=NUNFkk5Wz0ywsCREW4wD9w5l8ODCORVGnCwCUscMt89UQzFKN0g3NjhLR0tYV0lZTlAzNkszS0tRQiQlQCN0PWcu


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