Science and Biotechnology in Africa: Proceedings of a Conference on Scientific Advancement
The Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa (SASA) continues with its mission to advance science, improve health, and promote economic and social development on the African continent. It serves to push for continent-wide African innovation and new frontiers of scientific research. Its fifth annual conference was held jointly with the University of Rwanda under the theme “Translational Science and Biotechnology Advances in Africa”.
This volume provides a selection of papers presented at the conference, encompassing diverse fields including biomedical sciences, health research, agricultural and soil sciences, advances in minimal invasive surgery, disease surveillance, pharmaceutical sciences, and genetics and genomics. The diversity of participants and spirited presentations covering over a dozen fields and sub-fields is indeed a true reflection of the tangible advancement of science in Africa.
Dr Joachim Kapalanga is a Physician-Scientist and Educator who was educated at Yale University and the State University of New York. He is currently Professor (Adjunct) of Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Canada, and the South Western Ontario Academic Health Network – Knowledge Translation Group. His research focuses on the epigenetics of neurodevelopmental disorders and exploration of shared endophenotypes in neurobehavioral disorders. He served as the Executive President of the Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa from 2014 to 2019.
Dennis Raphael, PhD, is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at York University in Toronto, Canada. His scientific publications focus on the health effects of living and working conditions, the quality of life of communities and individuals, and the impact of government decisions on citizens’ health and well-being. He is the editor of Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives, Tackling Health Inequalities: Lessons from International Experiences and Immigration, Public Policy, and Health: Newcomer Experiences in Developed Nations.
Dr Leon Mutesa is a Professor of Human Genetics at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Rwanda. He obtained his MD from the University of Rwanda and his PhD from the University of Liege, Belgium, where he also completed his postdoctoral studies. He has spearheaded the development and implementation of medical genetics services in Rwanda, and is a recipient of international research grants from the National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Mental Health of Rwanda, among others.
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