A number of travel awards were granted to young scientists in the ACGT partner institutions to enable them to travel to learn new techniques and upgrade their skills in the gene technologies.
The recipients of these awards are as follows:
Dr Tina Kresfelder, post-doc in the Dept of Medical Virology, UP. Visit to the Netherlands to learn techniques for the study of identify genetic polymorphisms that may be associated with severe respiratory disease in South African children.
Dr Amadi Ihunwo, School of Anatomical Sciences, Wits University. Partial funding for visit to Germany to learn stereology techniques in brain research for adult neural stem cell transplantation.
Riann Naguran, PhD student at Wits, based at NICD. Receive training in microarray data analysis from the ACGT microarray facility at UP, for analysis of molecular mechanisms of insecticide resistance in malaria mosquitoes.
Charlotte Mashaba, MSc student, CSIR Biosciences. Attendance of the 2nd annual proteomics and genomics conference on 3-5 March 2008 at University of Western Cape.
Jacqueline Brown, Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology, Wits University. Visit to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT to learn techniques for the analysis of copy number data from Affymetrix microarrays for oesophageal cancer.