PROFESSORS RANSON AND VONTAS VISIT CRID
Yaoundé, May 10,2018
Professor Hilary RANSON (Head of vector biology department of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom) and Professor John VONTAS (Institute of Molecular biology and Biotechnology, Greece), visited the Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases(CRID), the 10th of May 2018.
This visit was an opportunity for the visitors to exchange initially with the team in charge of leading the PIIVeC (Partnership for Increasing the Impact of Vector Control) project in Cameroon, then to have an overview of the research carried out at the CRID, through the presentations of the PhD students. During this session, each of the CRID’s PhD student presented briefly in 3min his PhD proposal in the presence of the Executive Director and the different principal investigators (PI). All these presentations were organized in five different thematic (malaria vector control and impact of insecticide resistance, characterization of different genes involved in metabolic resistance, control of arbovirus’s vectors, insecticide resistance in a pest Maruca vitrata, and bioinformatics).
Conducted by Professor Charles WONDJI, Executive Director of CRID, the hosts of the day had the opportunity to visit and appreciate the facilities of the research centre. The visit of the lab was under the direction of the Executive Director and the lab manager whereas that of the insectary was guided by the insectary manager. The professors were able to appreciate firstly the technical installations of the center, as well as the conditions and the quality of the research carried out by the CRID.
The end up of this visit was the meeting with the team in charge to conduct the PIIVeC project in Cameroon. As the PIIVeC PI, Professor RANSON recently took part in the official launch of this project which will be led in Cameroon by the CRID. These moments allowed her to get in touch with the staff recruited for the implementation of the project and specially to discuss on the challenges related to the deployment of this project.