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Title

DrosAfrica: Building an African biomedical research community using Drosophila

AuthorsMartín-Bermudo, María D. CSIC ORCID; Gebel, Luka; Palacios, Isabel M.
KeywordsDrosophila
Research
Sustainable prosperity
Community
Impact
Africa
Issue Date2017
PublisherElsevier
CitationSeminars in Cell and Developmental Biology 70: 58-64 (2017)
AbstractThe impact that research has on shaping the future of societies is perhaps as significant as never before. One of the problems for most regions in Africa is poor quality and quantity of research-based education, as well as low level of funding. Hence, African researchers produce only around one percent of the world's research. We believe that research with Drosophila melanogaster can contribute to changing that. As seen before in other places, Drosophila can be used as a powerful and cost-effective model system to scale-up and improve both academia and research output. The DrosAfrica project was founded to train and establish a connected community of researchers using Drosophila as a model system to investigate biomedical problems in Africa. Since founding, the project has trained eighty scientists from numerous African countries, and continues to grow. Here, we describe the DrosAfrica project, its conception and its mission. We also give detailed insights into DrosAfrica's approaches to achieve its aims, as well as future perspectives, and opportunities beyond Africa.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/163486
DOI10.1016/j.semcdb.2017.08.044
Identifiersdoi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2017.08.044
e-issn: 1096-3634
issn: 1084-9521
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