Oliver R Tambo Africa Research Chair at the SACIDS Foundation for One Health
Named after a freedom fighter who championed science and technology, a group of African and international research funders under the OR Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative announced that Professor Gerald Misinzo and his institution of Sokoine University of Agriculture was one of the initiative’s first ten individual research chairs. incumbents and host institutions
The 10 Chairs, based in seven African countries, will share funding worth a total of approximately US $ 15 million to conduct research and train young scientists in priority areas chosen to reflect the continent’s development priorities. The chairs are funded through a partnership between the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the Adelaide Tambo Foundation, the Research Center for International Development (IDRC) of Canada and seven councils of the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI), including the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH).
Professor Misinzo’s professorial research chair will focus on viral epidemics in short-cycle animal stocks and address food security.
âThe work of the research chair aligns well with Tanzania’s National Vision 2025, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. All of these aspire to ensure a high quality livelihood and well-being for our people. Improving livestock health will lead to poverty reduction, zero hunger, good health and well-being, and reduced gender and community inequalities. And this is the Africa we want, âsays Professor Misinzo.
Professor Misinzo aims to develop innovative approaches through science and technology driven by genomics, molecular biology and analytical epidemiology to improve the risk management of infectious diseases in African ecosystems.
It seeks to help improve national disease surveillance, reporting, transparency and accountability to all users of health data, including those affected by epidemics at the community level. The focus at the community level is driven by the need to understand how women, in particular, who are the most active small-scale farmers of short-cycle animal stocks in Tanzania, can better mitigate the effects of these viral epidemics on their cattle.
The chair will be integrated into the SACIDS Foundation for One Health, an institute of the Sokoine University of Agriculture on behalf of the member institutions of the SADC region who founded SACIDS in 2008, initially as a regional program, until ‘in 2018, when it was transformed into its current status. His genomics expertise will be at the heart of SACIDS ‘global research program that addresses the One Health genomics of viral epidemics and antimicrobial resistance in humans and animals. He will collaborate with University of Zambia (Zambia), Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Malawi), Free State University (South Africa), Royal Veterinary College (UK ), Pirbright Institute (UK), Lancaster University (UK), University of Ghent (Belgium), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden) and Animal Health Research Center (Spain).
What are research chairs?
Research Chairs are normally awarded in recognition of individual leadership and talent and recognize the commitment of universities to supporting high quality research. Chairs promote the prestige and visibility of individuals in order to catalyze expertise in a given field and train the next generation of researchers, as well as attract and retain the best talented researchers in a given institution. Chairholders are expected to achieve stated goals for staff development, and additional funds are provided to support postdoctoral and postdoctoral students under the supervision of the respective chairholders. These research poles have a catalytic impact on the development of research infrastructures in the host countries; as well as contributing to the production of high-end knowledge and skills in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa (STISA 2024).
The pioneering Canada Research Chairs program began in 1997 and has funded nearly 2,000 research chairs to date. The successful South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006, as a strategic intervention by the South African government to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation in southern public universities. African research councils and national research facilities.
In particular, the SARChI funding instrument aims to increase scientific research capacity through the development of human capacities and to stimulate the generation of new knowledge. SARChI also aims to support and advance the transformation of South African society in terms of demographics and knowledge economy, so that there is equitable and inclusive participation in the generation of knowledge and the generation of such knowledge. knowledge translates into socio-economic benefits. The implementation of ORTARChI is aligned with SARChI, providing a platform for the sharing of experiences and new collaborations between the best researchers on the continent.
About SACIDS for One Health
The SACIDS One Health Foundation (SACIDS) is a ONE HEALTH virtual institute that connects academic and research institutions in southern and eastern Africa, which address infectious diseases of humans and animals within the African ecosystem, in an innovative South-South-North smart approach, partnership with world-renowned research and training centers. For more details, visit www.sacids.org
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