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General Events

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Journey of an Early Career Scientist
Dr. Dominic Amuzu

Dr. Dominic Amuzu will share his career journey using his experiences in human genetics and malaria as foundation.In addition to his scientific passions, Dr. Amuzu will also share with us his experiences as a research mentor, his role as part of the HCA Africa Network for Early Career Scientists and other career journeys.

Join us in this exciting "inspire-me" chapter event organized in collaboration with Dr. Gary Bader.

Writing grants for Spatial and Single Cell Projects, a discussion on the power of flexibility, imagination & other necessary skills
Dr. Gary Bader, Mr. Paul Brogee, Dr. Trevor Pugh

Grant writing is one of the most important skills to have in the scientific world. So let us take you through the steps in relation to spatial and single cell projects and provide you with direction, resources and experiential advice on how you can empower your story with re-imagination and other skills. Mr. Paul Brogee, Dr. Trevor Pugh and Dr. Gary Bader are a formidable trio who will share with you their experience and advice in preparing you for your next grant. The skills covered will certainly help you in areas outside the spatial and single cell areas as well so join us on June 8th. Come be inspired.
Extrachromosomal DNA Amplifications in Cancer
Dr. Roel Verhaak

In this "inspire me" series talk, Dr. Roel Verhaak will share with us his research in extrachromo-somal DNA in Cancer. Dr. Verhaak is a computational scientist who has contributed enormously to the world of brain cancer. In recent years, the Verhaak lab has successfully integrated wet lab methods of experimental study into their computational lab. In addition, the Verhaak lab has also evolved with the emerging field of single cell technologies, while still remaining focused on a niche area of research.
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Brainstorming diversity, equity, inclusivity & open science

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Talk 1 - Precision Medicine Implementation and A Brief Story of Ethnic Inclusivity, Talk 2 - Impact of geographical differences on the immune response of populations
Dr. Mohammed Uddin, Ms. Yoanne Mouwenda

Dr. Mohammed Uddin

From molecular research to clinical implementation, the causes for disparities in implementation of precision medicine are complex. Lack of ethnic inclusivity is one of the main causes that is hindering the implementation of precision medicine. From large scale clinical genomics research to single cell biology, the importance of ethnic inclusivity largely being ignored. This event will highlight the importance of ethnic inclusivity into the implementation of precision medicine.

Ms. Yoanne Darelle Mouwenda

Besides genetic factors, environmental factors such as geographical variations can influence the immune response of adults and children. These differences in immune responses across populations may affect vaccine efficacy, as seen in variations in vaccine potency and immunogenicity between high-income and low-income countries. As most of these vaccines are given at birth, we used a cutting-edge technique, mass cytometry, to investigate whether geography influences early-life immunity. We found that African cord blood exibit a more mature immune profile as compared to European cord blood. Those findings hightlight the importance of considering granular and localized context in healthcare and disease management.

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