CFAR Symposium 2011:
Sub-Saharan Africa CFAR Conference
Scenes from the Conference
Photos from the meeting and quotes from the conference evaluation are a testament to the success of this first trans-CFAR conference in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Great choices for plenary lectures - the program was stimulating and clearly chosen with African input. It has since motivated me to start research in my own country using the resources that I have available.
The first conference I have attended where African investigators really got a chance to network with each other and with North American investigators in meaningful ways. People felt comfortable asking questions and engaging in discussion. Best of all, I managed to network effectively with scientists from my own country and other parts of Africa!
For me as a young growing researcher, I gained a lot, and the contacts I made through the conference will strengthen me and enforce my confidence to go ahead and conduct research on HIV-associated malignancies.
The support given to local young investigators is highly commendable and a rare thing.
The "How to Write a Manuscript" session was excellent - interactive, to the point, and extremely useful. I really appreciated the way the senior investigators reviewed the papers of the junior scientists and emphasized the significance of mentoring throughout the conference. To me it was a highlight and I am eager to send manuscripts to the next conference!
I believe this meeting established a worthwhile tradition of a regular African CFAR meeting to integrate all the regions in Africa and to provide an opportunity for junior researchers to develop new collaborations. We need to keep focusing on Africa as a land of opportunity...this is an excellent beginning and hopefully the first of many more such meetings of intellectual minds in Africa.
One of the best meetings I have attended in the past several years. A great forum for African researchers for initiating collaborations - extremely important in terms of building research capacity WITHIN Africa. Compliments to the CFAR organizers for organizing this visionary event!
The inaugural Sub-Saharan Africa CFAR Conference took place on May 26-27, 2011 in Kampala, Uganda. Planned by a joint African-U.S. Steering Committee, the meeting was co-chaired by the UCSF-GIVI CFAR Co-Directors and their African colleagues Moses Kamya (Makerere University) and Doreen Ramogola-Masire (Botswana-UPenn Partnership).
The meeting brought together nearly 240 investigators representing 19 domestic CFARs and their collaborators from 13 African countries. Emphasizing South-South networking and actively engaging junior investigators from Africa, the program provided a unique platform for both scientific and information exchange. A workshop on manuscript writing, followed by several mentoring breakout sessions, preceded the 2-day scientific program. View presentations from this event, spanning the spectrum of basic, clinical, and operational HIV/AIDS research.
The attendees included representatives of other complementary networks active in Africa -- including the International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA), AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC), HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), and the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI). This diverse group of attendees maximized the opportunity for trans-network dialogue and exploring new South-South collaborations in Africa on key priority issues related to HIV/AIDS.
The conference was made possible thanks to both individual CFAR sponsorship and also to generous funding support from NIH's Office of AIDS Research and the U.S. State Department Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (PEPFAR).
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