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Redeemer’s University: Fact Sheet Location: Km 46, Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Mowe, Ogun State, Nigeria Foundation Year: 2004 Students Population: 2,500.

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2 Redeemer’s University: Fact Sheet Location: Km 46, Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Mowe, Ogun State, Nigeria Foundation Year: 2004 Students Population: 2,500 No. Faculty Members: 200 Departments Involved in ACEGID: -Biological Sciences -Chemical Sciences -Mathematical Sciences -English

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4 The Human Genome Project has revolutionized the way we approach healthcare and research, yet many of the technological and economic benefits have yet to reach African scientists and patients. Image courtesy of Jonathan Bailey, NHGRI The Genomics Revolution

5 Expanded Scientific Capabilities to Enable Sustainable Collaborative and Independent Health Research

6 Recent outbreaks highlight the importance of local research centers to understand both uncommon and widespread pathogens. Emerging Disease, Emerging Diagnosis Andersen K, Folarin OA,….. Sabeti PC and Christian Happi (Nature Genetics, Under Review)

7 ACEGID Surveillance Network Long-standing research and training partnerships

8 Graduate-level genomics education programs Diagnostic metagenomic studies Genomics teaching and sequencing labs Sample collection networks Partnered training programs EducationResearch Genomics capacity On-site training workshops Diagnostics core facility Bioinformatics Sustainable science careers

9 Project Goals (1)Develop African research capacity in genomics by building a critical mass of well-trained scientists; (2)Empower African researchers to utilize genomics-based tools towards the control and elimination of infectious diseases; (3)Create genomics curricula to support and promote cutting-edge genomics-based research; and (4)Engage communities in prevention efforts and public health education. World Bank funded Project Education

10 Foundational training 2-month training for ACEGID members at Harvard/Broad Institute Training program planned for June-August 2014 in Cambridge, MA, USA On-site Workshops Annual 2-week trainings at each of the 4 ACEGID sites for larger scientific community Advanced training Annual multi-week advanced training for PIs to be held at ACEGID Redeemer’s University with Support from Harvard, MIT and Tulane ACEGID Action Plan for Learning Excellence Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Education

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12 M.Sc and PhD in Genomics of Infectious Diseases* -M.Sc: 127 Nationally and Regionally (50% females) -PhD: 35 Nationally & Regionally (40% females) * Special enrollment programme for Post-conflict African Countries (DRC, Liberia, Sierra- Leone, CAR) and The Gambia. English Proficiency Courses and Clinic for French Speaking African Students Specialized Short-Courses: 1-2 weeks Short Courses at each of the 4 ACEGID sites for larger scientific community Total 640 (40% female) Students and Faculty Exchange within the African Region -3 months - 1 year (Total 200) ACEGID Action Plan for Learning Excellence Education

13 OUTREACH: To prevent Isolated Ivory-tower Excellence and ensure Social Relevance - Undergraduate Outreach: Extended internship “Summer Genomics Boot Camp” ( - High School Students Outreach -High School Teachers Outreach ACEGID Action Plan for Learning Excellence Education Day Long Course and Laboratory Interactive Modul es 800 students in 40 visits to classrooms 785 teachers in 40 professional development semin ars Establish partnership with R&D relevant companies: African Biotechnology Nig. Ltd; Vybion, Zalgen, Short-term for Working Professionals Liaise with sector organizations: e.g WAHO (Interns) Governments: (FMoH, National Malaria Eradication Programme)

14 Human, Health, and Hereditary (H3) Africa-funded Project Project goals: 1.Use field-deployed and state-of-the-art genomic technology to identify pathogens driving febrile illness. 2.Create a foundation for African scientists to carry out tractable and important genetic research projects entirely in country Characterizing Fevers of Unknown Origin through Microbial Metagenomics Research

15 FUO sequencing, Pathogens Identification, Diagnostics Development Pipeline

16 Discovery of Novel Rhabdoviruses in Blood of Healthy Individuals from West Africa Research Two novel rhabdoviruses discovered in afebrile controls Folarin OA, Stremlau M et al., (NEJM, Under Review)

17 Discovery of Novel Rhabdoviruses in Blood of Healthy Individuals from West Africa Research High human exposure rates to rhabdoviruses in Nigeria

18 The Next Generation: African Pathogen/Microbes Hun ters

19 Year 1 Transform Existing Space 1. Genomics Teaching Lab 2. Genomic Diagnostic Research Lab ACEGID Infrastructure

20 Year 2-4 Design and Construction of new Genomics Center at Redeemer’s University 1. Genomics Teaching Labs 2. Genomic Diagnostic Research Labs 3. Core scientific production facility 4. Administration and guesthouse ACEGID Infrastructure

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