India Alliance and AAS announces awardees of the Africa-India Mobility Fund (AIMF) ~ helpBIOTECH

12 February 2019

India Alliance and AAS announces awardees of the Africa-India Mobility Fund (AIMF)



Eight African and Indian scientists will be supported through Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (India Alliance) and The African Academy of Sciences innovative mobility grants aimed at increasing scientific collaboration among African and Indian researchers.
The Africa – India Mobility Fund (AIMF) : The  AIMF is a collaborative effort between The AAS and the  Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (India Alliance) that funds African and Indian researchers to conduct visits of three months in either direction. Funding supports collaboration in research in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, dengue, malaria, vector-borne diseases, parasitic infections, emerging infections, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, health systems research, antimicrobial resistance, microbiome, drug development and general biomedical sciences.  
The grantees funded in this first round of funding for the AIMF are:
India grantees
Ganesh Bhutkar
Home Institution: Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune, India
Host Institution: University of Cape Town, South Africa
Research Topic: Prototype design of mobile app for mothers of preterm infants
M.V.N.L. Chaitanya
Home Institution: Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (RIPER), Chiyyedu, India
Host Institution: University of Ghana, Ghana
Research Topic: Drug discovery and traditional development of anticancer natural drugs
Mariappan Rajan
Home Institution: Madurai Kamaraj University
Host Institution: University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Research Topic: Design and development of multi-properties encompassing materials for diabetic ulcers tissue engineering
Subbiah Latha
Home Institution: Anna University, Chennai, India
Host Institution: University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Research Topic: Magnetically triggerable smart tablets for improved ulcer therapy 
African grantees
Elias Emeka Elemike 
Home Institution: Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, Nigeria and North West University, South Africa
Host Institution: SN Bose  National Centre for  Basic Science, Kolkata, India
Research Topic: Purification of waste water
Eric Ogola
Home Institution: Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Kenya
Host Institution: National Centre for Microbial Resources, Pune, India
Research Topic: Cutting-edge genomic technology to identify genes responsible for antimicrobial resistance in children and their mothers
Ifeoma Ezenyi
Home Institution: National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Nigeria
Host Institution: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Research Topic: Malaria research capacity strengthening for antimalarial drug discovery
John Osei Sekyere 
Home Institution: University of Pretoria, South Africa
Host Institution: Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India
Research Topic: Investigation into Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other bacterial pathogens in the context of host-pathogen interactions, host-microbiome and pathogen-microbiome interactions, and genome editing techniques

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