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K-RITH awards grants to foster teamwork among South African TB/HIV scientists
Date:5/4/2011

ys Victoria O. Kasprowicz, K-RITH's director of education and training. "We want to help find ways to come together and identify projects that can benefit the TB and HIV research community as a whole."

Kasprowicz says that K-RITH is particularly excited to support the strong applications from eight South African master's degree and doctoral students, since training enough doctoral students is a well known problem in the country. These students either applied for the grants themselves or with the support of a mentor, and the applications were selected based on their merit. These promising students will tackle important basic science research projects, such as the role of specific immune system receptors in HIV infection, as well as clinically important research, such as the occupational risk for TB among healthcare workers.

The next K-RITH collaborative grant competition will focus on Durban-based researchers, and the results will be announced in a few months.

K-RITH is dedicated to using basic science research to find solutions that will benefit those afflicted by the HIV-TB co-epidemic, particularly the poor and vulnerable. It is currently recruiting scientists and staff to work at its new building, which is under construction on the UKZN's Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine campus in Durban.

The facility will include multiple bio-safety level 3 laboratories, which will allow scientists to work safely with TB and HIV. K-RITH will house six to nine large research groups, and Bishai expects that up to 80 scientists and 40 support staff will work there soon after the building opens in 2012.


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