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K-RITH SHORT COURSES

As part of its long-term goal of training the next generation of scientists in Africa, K-RITH sponsors a selection of short courses, workshops and symposia through its partnership with the Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE).  These courses aim to stimulate student interest in biomedical research by giving students hands-on experience and exposing them to the skills, motivation and confidence necessary for independent scientific research. In this way, K-RITH hopes to broaden the pool of potential TB and HIV scientists in the region.

Interactive Biostatistics Course

The primary goal of this course is to give participants an overview of the various biostatistical methods used in medical research so that they can both employ these techniques in their own research and better understand the results presented in medical literature.

Lori Chibnik, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and research scientist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, runs an inspiring and hands-on training course in biostatistics where students work with data from their own projects to understand basic statistical concepts and methods used in medical research.

The course is co-sponsored by K-RITH, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Victor Daitz Information Gateway, all of whom are dedicated to educating and empowering African scientists to be part of the solution to the HIV/Aids and TB epidemics. Support has previously been received from the Harvard University Centre for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

All short course dates and application details are advertised here.

Intermediate Biostatistics Course with R Programming

This course, which builds on the introductory Interactive Biostatistics Course, gives participants an overview of the various biostatistical methods used in medical research so that they can both employ these techniques in their own work and better understand the results presented in medical literature. The week-long course focusses on regression techniques applied to various data types and research questions. It includes topics on linear and logistic regression, survival analysis, multivariate regression, epidemiology and assessing and controlling for confounding and interaction. The course is a mixture of interactive lectures and hands-on applications using R Studio. Familiarity with R programming is necessary for this course and students with little or no experience with R or those who need a refresher in R and basic biostatistics are encouraged to attend the two-day pre-course, Introduction to R Programming.

Both courses are taught by Lori Chibnik, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and research scientist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Dr. Chibnik has over 10 years of experience developing and teaching hands-on training courses on biostatistics for students with many different research interests.

The course is generously sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard.

All short course dates and application details are advertised here.

Mycobacterial Genetics Course

The K-RITH Mycobacterial Genetics Course is an exciting opportunity to discover new bacteriophages that might contribute towards the treatment of tuberculosis!

The course objectives include providing an authentic research experience to students, providing training in research methods including data acquisition and analysis, teaching basic methods in microbiology and the role of mycobacteriophages in TB research and introducing students to bioinformatics and the tenets of molecular biology. Students will also be taught techniques for constructing M tuberculosis mutants. The overarching goal is to stimulate student interest in research in HIV and TB.

The students also get to see how the phages they have isolated and characterised are related to those discovered by university students across the United States as participants in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute supported Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science course.

The generous support of the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation make the annual Mycobacterial Genetics Course possible.

All short course dates and application details are advertised here.

Scientific Writing Course

This course is goal oriented: making your paper publishable. To achieve this, the one-week intensive course provides skills and tools needed to write readable, relevant and credible research papers in English. Students receive extensive individual feedback on their own papers.

The course focusses on:

  1. Designing and organising a scientific article for publication.
  2. Using language as a tool to clearly present the relevance and the credibility of the research.
  3. Finishing a scientific article for publication.

All short course dates and application details are advertised here.

K-RITH Seminar Series

As part of its Education and Training Programme, K-RITH runs a monthly Seminar Series which hosts regular lectures by guest scientists from across South Africa. The K-RITH Seminar Series is part of an ongoing effort to learn more about other exciting research underway in the country. It aims to further scientific integration and collaboration amongst South African scientists.

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