15 minutes: BioAfrica (and our work) at a glance

BioAfrica team has evolved to become the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP)

Here we provide you with a summary of the key aspects of our bioinformatics and drug resistance work in the form of news articles, blogs, tweets and publications.

In this new section of the bioafrica.net website, the idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life.

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KRISP Newsletter - Jan 2018: news, innovations, publications and training events

KRISP Newsletter - 2018-02-01

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), which is a Platform of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa. In the first edition of 2018, we bring you the Durban Spark Innovation Breakfast, news coverage of our Science paper and info about training events.


Effect of DNA methylation on HIV disease

KRISP Talks - 2018-01-26

KRISP Talks by Dr. Veron Ramsuran, KRISP, UKZN & CAPRISA, 26 January 2018 (15:00 - 16:00), K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa. All welcome!


Our Paper on Green Environment & Depression Selected as One of the 20 Most Influential Conservation Ecology Papers of 2017 by F1000!

KRISP News - 2018-01-24

F1000 has produced another retrospective list of the top 20 influential conservation papers of 2017 as assessed by experts in the field. The manuscript by Tomita, Vandormael et al. Lancet Planetary Health 2017 on green environment and depression made this influencial list...


Science Discovery: Biomarkers for HIV treatment

KRISP News - 2018-01-19

Mercury Reporter, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 19 Jan 2018: Scientists led an in ternational research team which discovered new genetic markers that identify why the onset of Aids appears to occur so quickly in some people after they are infected with HIV The study published in the journal Science (Ramsuran et al. Science 2018), sheds new light on how specific human genes can lead to a faster deterioration for people living with HIV who are not on treatment.


SA study reveals important link between genes and Aids

KRISP News - 2018-01-19

HIV/AIDS researchers have never understood why people infected with HIV developed Aids at different times? but now they suspect that it all has to do with their genes. A study by South African and US researchers (Ramsuran et al. Science 2018) has shed new light on how specific genes in people can lead to the faster progression of Aids-related illnesses in people living with HIV who are not on treatment.


Why some HIV-positive people develop AIDS quicker than others is now clearer

KRISP News - 2018-01-19

The study, published in the prestigious journal Science (Ramsuram et al. 2018), was led by South African scientists who, together with an international research team, discovered that a specific-type human leucocyte antigen (HLA) gene helps infected cells to evade the body's first line of defence

KRISP Papers

Science Editorial: Inhibiting natural killer cells in AIDS

KRISP Papers - 2018-01-04

The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene complex varies enormously among individuals and helps explain individual variation in immunity to infectious diseases. Ramsuran et al. (Science 2018) examined data from almost 10,000 HIV infections.


Why KRISP? KRISP challenges the status quo to create a scientific environment in South Africa that drives innovations & reverses the brain drain.

Why KRISP? - 2017-12-31

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and UKZN have signed an agreement for the establishment of KRISP - the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform.

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Bioinformaticians are pioneering the future of science

Author: Yumna Moosa - 2017-07-28

Meeting of the Swiss, Swedes and South Africans minds

Author: Nicolette Crozier, Benjamin Chimukangara, Veron Ramsuran - 2017-07-25

Megan Druce: from Cum Laude MSc to a Scholarship for a PhD in Germany...

Author: Megan Druce - 2016-04-18

Sthembiso Msweli: from Hlabisa to MSc and Further Promoted to Laboratory Manager...

Author: Sthembiso Msweli - 2016-04-17

Experience of 3 UKZN/Africa Centre students at the 7-week national bioinformatics workshop 2015

Author: Megan Druce, Zandile Sibisi & Sthembiso Msweli - 2015-04-23

Tale of 4 Cities in outlining researcher's strive towards a cure for HIV

Author: Siva Danaviah - 2014-10-14

Massive Open Online Courses: Huge potential for bioinformatics education

Author: Rachael Dellar - 2014-10-13

First impressions of a South African student working in Geneva as part of Swiss South Africa Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP)

Author: Megan Druce - 2014-10-07

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