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    Tulio de Oliveira, a CAPRISA Research Associate, is leading the newly launched KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (KRISP) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). KRISP was established following an agreement between the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and UKZN in South Africa. Professor Salim Abdool Karim will chair the Scientific Advisory Board of KRISP.

     

           De Oliviera, says that KRISP aims to produce and analyse omics data at the speed and quality of leading global genomics centres.

     

           De Oliveira, an expert in HIV genetics and bioinformatics, is Professor in the College of Health Sciences at UKZN. “A critical function of KRISP will be to enable and facilitate access to genomics, epigenetics and bioinformatics technology to a broader community of users who might not otherwise pursue these technologies or use alternative international resources, ‘said de Oliveira. 

          ‘We decided that it was wise to build KRISP on our strength in genomics, epidemiology and bioinformatics and to use our existing facilities at the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences in the College of Health Sciences to host it,’ said de Oliveira. KRISP has recently received much academic and general media attention, which highlighted this as an important development in South Africa. For more information please visit http://www.krisp.org.za

     

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Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa

CAPRISA was created in 2001 and formally established in 2002 under the NIH-funded Comprehensive International Program of Research on AIDS (CIPRA) by five partner institutions; University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, and Columbia University in New York. CAPRISA is a designated UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for HIV Prevention Research. The main goal of CAPRISA is to undertake globally relevant and locally responsive research that contributes to understanding HIV pathogenesis, prevention and epidemiology as well as the links between tuberculosis and AIDS care.