1. Develop a roadmap for research and practice of ethics of genomic research in Africa. Africa is on the threshold of the genomics revolution with emerging plans to increase training and research capacity in African genomics. This needs urgent proposals to develop an ethical training and research framework for gene-ethics in Africa.
Ethics and Genomics Research in Africa (EAGER-AFRICA) Conference 2011 has come and gone but the impact will stay with us always. The website afford us the oppotunity of reliving the incredible time we had together through pictures and video, you can also download workshop slides online.
Genomic epidemiology advances investigations of disease outbreaks
To combat disease outbreaks, public health officials often use painstaking fieldwork to try to stay one step ahead of the infectious bugs, linking patients' symptoms to a source of infection to...
Active rats show higher levels of brain development suggesting link between genetic pre-disposition toward exercise and mental development
University of Missouri researchers have previously shown that a genetic pre-disposition to be more or less motivated to exercise exists.
Chrono gene appears to function as a core circadian clock repressor
All organisms, from mammals to fungi, have daily cycles controlled by a tightly regulated internal clock, called the circadian clock.
Study suggests gene panels as a useful, cheaper alternative to whole-genome sequencing
As many as 10 percent of women with a personal or family history of breast or ovarian cancer have at least one genetic mutation that, if known, would prompt their doctors to recommend changes in...
Gene variant gives women higher risk for Alzheimer's
A new study suggests that carrying one copy of the ApoE4 gene variant gives women - but not men - a substantially higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
'MicroRNA' could be key target for bowel cancer treatment
A tiny genetic molecule known as a microRNA plays a central role in bowel cancer and could be key to developing new treatments for the disease, a new study concludes.
The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Initiative aims to facilitate a contemporary research approach to the study of genomics and environmental determinants of common diseases with the goal of improving the health of African populations. To accomplish this, the H3Africa Initiative aims to create and support the development of the necessary expertise among African scientists, and to establish networks of African investigators. It is envisaged that studies performed in the H3Africa Initiative will inform subsequent strategies to address more broadly health inequities in both communicable and non-communicable diseases eventually leading to health benefits in Africa.