New advances in the immunology of the “BIG FOUR” (COVID-19, HIV, TB and Malaria) infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dates: 5 – 9 December 2022
Location: M’kango Golf View Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia
The International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and Immunopaedia in collaboration with national immunological societies regularly hold immunology training workshops aimed at training early career investigators on a variety of immunology related topics.
In December 2022, the course called “Immuno-Zambia” was held at M’kango Golf View Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia from 5 – 9 December 2022. It was organized by a recently established, Immunological Society of Zambia (ISZ), with funding support from: IUIS, IUIS Education Committee, BioNTech, the Clinical Immunology Committee (CIC), the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS), IAVI and Sub-Sahara African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE).
The theme of the work shop was “New advances in the immunology of the “BIG FOUR” (COVID-19, HIV, TB and Malaria) infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa”. The focus was on advanced immunology of these four prominent infections in sub-Saharan Africa with sessions on immunology of neglected tropical diseases and immunology of infants. Notable at this workshop was a session on Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in academia. EDI principles in Africa like some other parts of the world remain relatively underdeveloped with limited discussion among stakeholders; however, the principles are increasingly recognized as critical to achieve greater scientific productivity and impact. A highlight of the course was a grant writing exercise that allowed the trainees to work in groups to identify important and relevant immunology research question and develop a grant proposals.
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