WHO WE ARE

Director’s welcome


Welcome to the Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID) website. This website has been designed to inform you about the CRID's vision, activities and work. It is also the channel used to bridge the distance between research professionals and beneficiaries of the results of this research.
It is important to start these lines by introducing ourselves to you: we are all members of the CRID with various statuses: researchers, teachers, administrators, technicians, PhD students, postdocs, and trainees.
One of our main objectives is to put in place an appropriate research environment to facilitate high quality research on infectious diseases in Cameroon and to contribute to capacity building by training the next generations of Cameroonian and African scientists.
It is in this perspective of pursuit of excellence that the CRID, in its various departments, ensures to acquire highly qualified researchers, meeting the requirements of the environment and able to use efficiently the state-of-the-art technical platform available in the research centre. It is therefore thanks to a young, passionate, motivated team that believes in their field that the CRID can look serenely towards the future, which offers us new challenges for research and teaching.

For you, students, who wish to join us for a doctoral thesis or a master's internship,
For you, future scientific and academic partners, who discover our site,
I wish you a good navigation and invite you to contact us to share our values (scientific excellence, intellectual honesty, integrity) and our desire to move forward.

Our vision, mission and values



Our strategic goals



  • Establishment of a suitable research environment to facilitate high quality research on infectious diseases in Cameroon;

  • Contribute to Capacity building by training the next generations of scientists from Cameroon and Africa;

  • Perform local technical assistance activities to support monitoring and surveillance activities of various control programs at local and international levels;

  • To promote Cooperation with National and International research institutions, universities and Non-Governmental Organizations working in the field of infectious diseases;

  • Establish a platform to facilitate the design and implementation of control activities against infectious diseases using multi-disciplinary approaches and integrating partners from different sectors including academic, governmental and private sectors;

OUR CORE FACILITIES



The CRID provides access to many work areas with expertise in research on vector diseases. The facilities of the unit include:

  1. Insectary
    • Rearing of various species of mosquitoes
    • Bioassay test (cone assay and WHO tube bioassay)
  2. laboratory
    • Genotyping of insecticide resistance mechanisms (PCR, Taqman)
    • Quantification of the genes (RT-qPCR)
    • Functional characterization of the candidate genes (Transgenic flies, RNAi)
    • cloning
  3. Experimental field station

REARING OF MOSQUITOES IN THE INSECTARY

Our insectary provides a high quality rearing environment in which researcher and students can easily and safely rear the mosquitoes for further analysis.

BIOASSAY

Susceptibility profile of vector population
Our research centre provides an appropriate and clean area to perform bioassay test using tube assay and the net following the standard protocol of WHO. Our bioassay room is very well equipped with higher quality of materials such as humidifier, air conditioner…

The research centre has a molecular biology laboratory equipped with the higher molecular biology tool. It has equipment for DNA extraction, gene amplification, genotyping, quantification of genes, cloning and functional characterization of genes.

Functional characterization of the genes

Anesthesic station and injection (mosquitoes and flies)

Needle (for RNAi) machine

In our research centre we have an equipment for the functional characterisation of the genes using transgenic flies (GAL4/UAS system) and RNAi.

Located in the Adamaoua region of Cameroon, about 500 km from Yaounde, the political capital, the experimental field station consists of 12 experimental huts constructed in accordance with WHO recommendations for experimental huts in West Africa. It is surrounded by numerous lakes which encourage the multiplication of mosquito breeding sites, making them available throughout the year. These huts have drainage channels to prevent ants entering during surveys. Anopheles funestus is the main vector of malaria in this region. The station is also made up of personnel qualified in the use of the Hudson Xpert sprayer with a flat nozzle. Our laboratory there consists of an insectarium ready to be used to obtain F1 samples for release or for any other assay in the field, an identification room with a microscope for the treatment of mosquitoes collected, a room to check for immediate and delayed mortality, by a Fridge and freezer to keep the samples in good conditions and a Room for visitor.

Our laboratory gives us the capacity to do:
  • Protocol designing,
  • Data analysis,
  • Tube bioassays, cone bioassays and any other bioassays in relation with a special protocol using Anopheles funestus and Anopheles gambiae,
  • Assess the efficacy and the performance of LLINS using experimental huts against Anopheles funestus and Anopheles gambiae,
  • Assess the efficacy and the performance of IRS using experimental huts against Anopheles funestus and Anopheles gambiae.

Organisational Structure



Our Staff



BOARD OF TRUSTEES



OPERATIONAL TEAM



STUDENTS


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They work hard everyday, with the aims to come up with relevant solutions for the betterment of life in the community.

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