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2019: GVN Africa Regional Meeting


Location: Room Rwenzori Hall, Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda (Plot 23-31, Circular Road Circular Rd, Entebbe).

Meeting objectives:

  •  To present ongoing research, training and education initiatives in GVN Centers and Affiliates,
  •  To discuss the existing activities so as to position GVN as a partner for existing organizations and networks,
  •  To plan new research, training and education initiatives, and
  •  To initiate the first activities

Meeting Agenda:

MORNING SESSION: Ongoing training and research initiatives. Expectations towards GVN. Connecting with Industry, GVN Network, and other Networks.

8:00- 8:15 AM: Welcome: Dr. Pontiano Kaleebu and participant introduction.

8:15- 8:30 AM: Welcome and introduction to the Global Virus Network: Dr. Christian Bréchot.

8:30- 11:00 AM: Center Introduction: Participants present few slides on expertise, training, education and research programs (10 minutes per presentation).

Alash’le Abimiku, PhD, Institute for Human Virology, Nigeria

Juliet Bryant, PhD, Fondation Mérieux

Pontiano Kaleebu MBChB FRCP (Edin) PhD, Uganda Virus Research Institute, Uganda

Professeur Souleymane Mboup, Institut de Recherche en Santé, de Surveillance Epidemiologique et de Formations, Senegal

Jeffrey Mphahlele, PhD, MSc, BSc Med Hons, BSc, MASSAf, South African Medical Research Council, South Africa

Aaron S. Mweene, PhD, MSc, BVM, University of Zambia School of Veterinary Medicine, Zambia

Emmanuel Nakoune, PhD, Institut Pasteur in Bangui, Central Africa republic

Solange Kakou Ngazoa, PhD, Pasteur Institute Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Richard Njouom, PhD, Centre Pasteur of Cameroon, Cameroon

Janusz Paweska, DVSc, National Institute for Communicable Diseases of the NHLS, South Africa

Osbourne Quaye BSc, MSc, PhD, West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Diseases, Ghana

Amadou Sall, PhD, Institut Pasteur in Dakar, Senegal

Richter RAZAFINDRATSIMANDRESY, PhD, Institut Pasteur in Madagascar, Madagascar

Noel Tordo, PhD, Institut Pasteur de Guinée, Guinea

11:00-11:40 AM: Invited GVN members to present their area of expertise, their experience at the GVN and potential for collaboration (10 minutes per presentation).

Heinz Ellerbrok, PhD, RKI, Germany

Robert Garry, PhD, Tulane University, USA

Richard Scheuermann, PhD, J Craig Venter Institute, USA

David van de Vijver, PHARMD, PhD, Erasmus, Netherlands

11:40-11:50 AM: GVN Training Initiatives, Natalia Mercer, PhD, GVN

11:50- 12:00 PM: Summary morning Session- Dr. Bréchot

12:00-1:00 PM: Group picture and Lunch

AFTERNOON SESSION: Delineating future training activities

1:00-4:00 PM: Discuss main goals and structure of the regional GVN:

  •  Outline training, education and research initiatives. Delineate which actions might be useful and complementary to the many existing networks and organizations.
  •  Identify funding mechanisms.
  •  Define activities (list of tasks), resources, funds and timeline.

4:00- 5:00 PM: Summary of the meeting and Next steps.

6:30 PM: Dinner