Paediatric Surgery Web Meeting - abdominal wall defect: Gastroschisis

Fri, 2018-01-19 14:00
Dear Colleagues Dr Cecilia Rengura will be presenting “abdominal wall defect: Gastroschisis'' on 19 January 2018. Dr Cecilia Rengura is a Paediatric Surgery Registrar in Cape Town. Best wishes Alp Numanoglu DATE: 19 January 2018 Time: 14:00 South African 1) Click on the link 2) When you are prompted during logging in, please choose "Enter as a guest" and write your name and surname, than click enter room. 3) When next window opens, click "request entry" (Please note there may be a time difference in your country !!) We will open the meeting website 30 minutes before for you to log in. Remember to test your connection before the meeting; details are below. You can convert the above times to your local time by clicking here.

IDM Seminar: Professor Jay Kolls

Wed, 2018-01-24
13:00 to 14:00
Type 17 Immunity at Mucosal Surfaces – Lesson from HIV and CF - Professor Jay Kolls -​​

1st TReND Advanced Open Labware Workshop

Mon, 2018-04-16 00:00 to Sat, 2018-04-28 00:00
The 1st TReND Advanced Open Labware Workshop is a collaboration between TReND in Africa ( and the Universities of Cape Town, and Tuebingen (Germany), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Successful applicants will develop projects to build and complete open scientific hardware, and be encouraged to document their efforts in the form of academic publications/pre-prints as well as deposit all content in open repositories such as github. Applications should be made by groups of 3 candidates, preferentially coming from the same institution/city of any African country or from Germany. Application deadline: 14 February 2018. More details can be found in the application form and in the attached poster.

UCT Bioinformatics Survey

Fri, 2018-01-19 08:49 -- 01435435

The Computational Biology Division (CBIO) at UCT performs bioinformatics research, teaching and services. To date we have provided bioinformatics support but with limited availability of staff. However, we now have additional dedicated bioinformatics support staff based within the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) and the Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Initiative (CIDRI Africa Centre).

Imperial College London: Newly-discovered TB blood signal provides early warning for at-risk patients

Tue, 2018-01-16 11:51 -- 01435435

Tuberculosis can be detected in people with HIV infection via a unique blood signal before symptoms appear, according to a new study. By providing new insights into how the body responds during the early stages of the disease, the findings could enable researchers to develop tests to predict and prevent the worsening of symptoms in the most vulnerable patients.

satRday Workshop & Conference

Thu, 2018-03-15 00:00 to Sat, 2018-03-17 00:00
The Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics is co-sponsoring satRday – a workshop and conference on use of the programme R.  Hi there, As you may have heard satRday is on the R community's horizon! TL;DR Summary This year satRday is being held at UCT, one of SA's leading teaching and research institutes, in the middle of March. It will consist of two days of workshops (15th and 16th March) and a one day conference (17th March). This conference provides an opportunity to hear from and network with top Researchers, Data Scientists and Developers from the local R community and beyond! Things to do right now:  - Visit the conference website. - Buy tickets to the conference and workshops. - Propose a talk. - Stay in the loop by following satRday on Twitter. More details...   This year there will be two workshops lead by our Keynote speakers:  - R Package Development  - The Sport Statistician's Toolbox There will also be a Data Carpentry workshop for R novices including introductory computational skills needed for data management and analysis in all domains of research.  A brief introduction to our Keynote Speakers:  Dr Stephanie Kovalchik, the lead data scientist in the Game Insight Group at Tennis Australia, the governing body of tennis in Australia, and a Research Fellow in sports analytics at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living at Victoria University. Her research focuses on the use of statistical methods to understand performance, game strategy, and mentality in high-performance tennis.  Stephanie received her PhD in statistics from UCLA and her Bachelor’s of Science from Caltech. Stephanie is an avid R user and the author of several packages, including RISmed (an R interface to NCBI databases) and deuce (a package for tennis analytics). She is also the creator of the tennis analytics blog On the T.   Maëlle Salmon a data scientist with experience mostly in public health, both in infectious disease and environmental epidemiology. She holds a PhD in statistics from the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich and has lived in several European countries. She is a very enthusiastic R user and loves sharing her passion, with involvement in the community including blogging, co-founding the R-Ladies Barcelona meetup, package development and being a co-editor at rOpenSci, providing an onboarding system for R package developers. Presentation proposals for satRday are also now open! These can be submitted in three formats, a Tutorial (60 minutes), Standard talk (20 minutes) and a speedy Lightning talk (5 minutes). All successful speakers will have the added bonus of having their tickets refunded. Important dates: 2018-01-20: Early-Bird Registration Deadline 2018-02-03: Tutorial & Talk Submission Deadline 2018-03-03: Registration Deadline 2018-03-15/16: Data Carpentry Workshop 2018-03-16: satRday Workshops 2018-03-17: Conference 2018-03-17 Looking forward to seeing you at satRday!