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UVRI-VHF Lab Wins Continental Best Laboratory Practicing ASLM2014 Award

17th December 2014
By Ssemwanga John Ross

Uganda Virus Research Institute-Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Lab won the best Laboratory practicing award on the 3rd December 2014 at the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM)conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The African Society for Laboratory Medicine is a premier African-wide association headquartered In Addis Ababa Ethiopia that promotes the advancement of professional laboratory medicine practice, science, systems and networks in Africa.

The two-yearly ASLM Awards Ceremony recognises individuals and laboratories committed to strengthening laboratory medicine and honours the dedication, innovation and perseverance of professionals who have overcome and addressed laboratory medicine challenges to make significant contributions in Africa. The Best Laboratory Practicing Award accorded to the UVRI laboratory was in recognition of its simple and innovative approaches that it has applied over the last 4 years to build nation-wide capacity for a robust surveillance program that has greatly contributed to early detection and improved control of VHF outbreaks, including Marburg and Ebola, in Uganda and the East and central African region.

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The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Call For Proposals

EDCTP-TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowships

Open for applications: 31 October 2014

Deadline for applications: 30 January 2015, 16:00 (GMT)


Researchers from low and middle-income countries (LMICs) who are involved in clinical research projects have limited opportunities to acquire experience and develop skills for conducting clinical trials outside of an academic or public sector setting. EDCTP and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) have decided to jointly implement a fellowship scheme that will support researchers to obtain these skills, while ensuring synergies between researchers and clinical staff, pharmaceutical companies, product development partnerships (PDPs) and research institutions. This partnership will have a leverage effect on the number of individuals trained, resulting in an increased impact on research and development capacity in LMICs.

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Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever

Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever Facts

What is Marburg hemorrhagic fever?
Marburg hemorrhagic fever (Marburg HF) is a rare, severe type of hemorrhagic fever which affects both humans and non-human primates. Caused by a genetically unique zoonotic (that is, animal-borne) RNA virus of the filovirus family, its recognition led to the creation of this virus family. The five subtypes of Ebola virus are the only other known members of the filovirus family.
Marburg virus was first recognized in 1967, when outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever occurred simultaneously in laboratories in Marburg and Frankfurt, Germany and in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). A total of 31 people became ill; they included laboratory workers as well as several medical personnel and family members who had cared for them. There were 7 deaths among the reported cases. The first people infected had been exposed to African green monkeys or their tissues. In Marburg, the monkeys had been imported for research and to prepare polio vaccine. In addition to the 31 cases, an additional primary case was retrospectively serologically diagnosed.

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