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Infrastructure and capacity development are a big focus of boosting health research on the African continent. This work will be facilitated through five-year grants awarded by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund’s Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa, to three data scientists at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), based at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS).
In coordination with the launch of the NIH Common Fund’s Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) program, NIH hosted an online-only, Virtual Symposium Platform in Summer 2020 that was free, open to anyone interested, and interactive.
The goals of the Platform were to:
- Publicize the NIH funding opportunities and communicate key priorities of the DS-I Africa program.
- Engage participants in robust scientific sessions that examine the state of data science across Africa.
- Encourage networking across disciplines, sectors, and geographies.