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Centre for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (CERID) is one of Alexander von Humboldt's Research Hubs in Africa, funded by the Bayer Foundation. CERID is a home research hub aimed at strengthening African capabilities and systems for enabling a rapid and effective response to infectious diseases with epidemic or pandemic potential arising within the countries or those imported from overseas.

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This is part of our ongoing commitment to strengthening African capabilities and systems. This workshop is designed to provide participants with a unique opportunity to delve into the world of molecular diagnostics, exploring the cutting-edge techniques and methodologies used to identify and characterise infectious agents. Through a series of interactive sessions, participants will gain practical experience in molecular laboratory techniques, including Pipetting, Nucleic acid Extraction from different materials, Gel electrophoresis, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Realtime PCR, Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing and Introduction to Basic Bioinformatics. Led by a team of experienced instructors and renowned experts in the field, this workshop aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice, equipping participants with the skills and confidence to contribute effectively to their own research and diagnostic efforts. By fostering a collaborative learning environment, we hope to facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices among attendees, ultimately strengthening Africa's capacity to respond swiftly and decisively to infectious disease outbreaks.

This workshop is supported by the fund received for the establishment of HRH-CERID by AVH and Bayer Foundation

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HRH-CERID by AVH and Bayer Foundation

Our Mission

Overcoming emerging and reemerging infectious diseases and their effects with genomic research

Depending on various factors, infectious diseases can spread geographically from a country putting the rest of the world at risk. To prevent the spread of a disease with epidemic and pandemic potential, increased awareness, active disease surveillance, early diagnosis, and rapid communication of health systems to implement intervention measures are critical components. We hoped to use our well-equipped laboratory and well-trained personnel at HRH-CERID to significantly contribute to the control of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in Africa and elsewhere.

Our Aim

  • Establish and maintain a well-equipped genomic laboratory
  • Conduct cutting-edge genomic research focusing on infectious diseases
  • Train personnel (including postgraduate students) on current rapid technologies to detect and characterize infectious pathogens circulating in Africa
  • Build human capacity that will be well prepared to handle disease outbreaks.
  • Establish a biobank that meets international standards.

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