The wind of change is blowing through clinical microbiology, not just in Africa but across the globe.  Molecular techniques are revolutionising the routine identification and characterisation of pathogens, opening new opportunities and challenges in all areas of clinical microbiology from clinical diagnostics to fundamental research.  This course will examine the impact of molecular approaches in the African context using a combination of lectures and tutorials and laboratory and computer practical sessions. The course will focus on bacterial pathogens of importance in Africa.

The intensive programme will provide clinical microbiologists and laboratory scientists working in Africa with a concise yet comprehensive overview of the latest research and practice in this essential area, with an emphasis on how these techniques can be applied day-to-day in an African setting, especially when resources are limited. There will be extensive opportunity to interact with the course faculty during the course.  

The course will concentrate on approaches which are:

  • currently applicable in African laboratories
  • likely to be applicable in Africa in the foreseeable future (including Whole Genome Sequencing using portable devices)
  • of value to participants in interpreting the literature and assessing the likely utility of new technologies as they are developed
The course is aimed at those primarily trained in culture-based microbiology and combines an understanding of the latest research techniques and theoretical approaches, with practical methods to provide a foundation-level of understanding of the philosophy, methods, and specialist terminology of molecular techniques.

Target Audience
The course is free to attend and open to applicants based in institutes in Africa. Applicants should have demonstrable experience in a relevant field (microbiology, specifically bacteriology) and be, clinical trainees or specialists in medical microbiology; postdoctoral scientists; senior technicians; or research assistants with a Master’s degree.  Clinically qualified applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

Feedback from the 2017 course (Cape Town, South Africa)
"Many thanks to all the instructors and participants. A concise and relevant course that simplifies molecular diagnostics and highlights the benefits and explains the limitations."
"A very BIG THANK you to Wellcome Trust/Wellcome Genome Campus for their commitment to developing scientists in African countries."
"I would like to thank the course organisers for this opportunity. I have learnt a lot and surely will use this knowledge in my home country."
"The course was great."
"Thank you very much for this opportunity, keep up the good work and what I learned here I will share with my students and labs!! Kudos to you"
"Everything was done very professionally"
"This is a great work you are doing please keep it up. I believe that some of the impact may not be seen until some years from now. Well done."

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