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AU-EU Summit 17-18 February 2022: A Science Agenda

The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise side events at the AU-EU Summit on 14-18 February 2022. The purpose of the meeting will be to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of EU-Africa relations and collaborations, in particular in addressing global challenges together.

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Wednesday, February 16 • 09:00 - 11:00
(Ref 160900) Partnering for the development of sustainable clinical research infrastructures and a skilled workforce in Africa - Convened by EDCTP/ECRIN

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Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit
ABSTRACT Partnering for the development of sustainable clinical research infrastructures and a skilled workforce in Africa

Health research and innovation (R&I) are fundamental for health – one of the major determinants of economic growth and poverty reduction, and a centrepiece in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The COVID-19 crisis underscored once again the vital importance of global health research preparedness and response. Accelerated basic and clinical research carried out in real-time by consolidated infrastructures provided prevention and therapeutic tools within unprecedented timelines. Despite record achievements, access remains a key issue to ensure the provision of the standard of care globally. Gaps in cross-border ethical and regulatory harmonization, quality sample and data collection, data sharing and repurposing mechanisms remain to be addressed in order to enable multinational clinical research capacities in Africa.
Establishing a robust clinical research infrastructure coupled with scientific excellence and leadership is a key development step to addressing health challenges on the continent. Governments should capitalize on the momentum from the response to COVID-19 to coordinate efforts by all stakeholders, including private actors as well as development banks, and provide sustainable governance and funding mechanisms for tackling global health challenges.

This session on Partnering for the development of sustainable clinical research infrastructures and a skilled workforce in Africa, co-chaired by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN), brings together key global health actors to collectively discuss the next steps towards the comprehensive mobilization of all the stakeholders necessary for building sustainable clinical research infrastructure, skills development, and strengthening of institutions for the development and uptake of safe and effective R&I products in Africa. A set of recommendations on clinical trial infrastructure and capacity building in Africa arising from a session hosted by ECRIN and EDCTP on 17 June 2021 at the Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit will also be further discussed.
EDCTP is a public-public partnership between 14 European and 16 African countries, supported by the European Union. EDCTP’s vision is to reduce the individual, social and economic burden of poverty-related infectious diseases affecting sub-Saharan Africa. EDCTP’s mission is to accelerate the development of new or improved medicinal products for the identification, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, including emerging and re-emerging diseases, through pre-and post-registration clinical studies, with emphasis on phase II and III clinical trials. EDCTP’s approach integrates the conduct of research with the development of African clinical research capacity and networking.

ECRIN-ERIC is a not-for-profit intergovernmental organization that supports the conduct of multinational clinical trials in Europe. ECRIN works with national networks of clinical trial units (CTUs), as well as numerous European and international stakeholders involved in clinical research. ECRIN is also a founding member of the Clinical Research Initiative for Global Health (CRIGH) which brings together more than 40 member and observer institutions across the globe to establish a framework for international cooperation in non-commercial clinical trials and to promote evidence-based medicine through various activities focused on infrastructure and funding, global core competencies, research ethics, patient involvement, comparative effectiveness research and socio-economic impact, and data management and sharing.

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Mmboneni Muofhe

Deputy Director-General (DDG), Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Innovation in South Africa.
Dr. Mmboneni Muofhe is the Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Innovation in South Africa.   He was previously the Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation and Resources in the Department during which time he oversaw... Read More →
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Michael Makanga

Executive Director, European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnerships - Association
Dr Michael Makanga, MD PhD FRCP: EDCTP Executive Director.Dr Makanga is a clinician-scientist with 28 years of professional experience of working on health and poverty-related infectious diseases in Africa. This includes 24 years of work experience on medical product development and... Read More →
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Marcel Tanner

President and High Representative EDCTP, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and EDCTP
Professor Marcel Tanner was Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute from 1997 to 2015 and is now President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD in medical biology from the University of Basel and an MPH from the University of London. Lived and worked... Read More →
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Leonardo Simao

High Representative for Africa, EDCTP
Dr Leonardo Santos Simão is a medical doctor by training. After he graduated from Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique, in 1980, he worked in rural areas of Mozambique as a medical officer at district and provincial levels. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (Community... Read More →
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Jacques Demotes

Director General, European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (France)
Jacques Demotes is the Director General of the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN), which he founded in 2004. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy and overall management of the infrastructure with the support of the ECRIN Management Office (in Paris... Read More →
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Barbara Kerstiëns

Head of Unit “Combatting Diseases” within the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
Barbara Kerstiëns, MD, MPH is the Head of Unit in the unit responsible for ‘Combatting Diseases’ in the PEOPLE Directorate of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission.  She has a long experience in international public health, working for... Read More →
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Raji Tajudeen

Head, Division of Public Health Institutes and Research, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Ethiopia)
Raji Tajudeen MD is a Medical Doctor with postgraduate qualifications in Pediatrics and Public Health. He is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians and African Public Health Leaders Fellow of the Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs, UK. He has over 20... Read More →
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Bonginkosi Nzimande

Minister, Higher Education, Science and Technology (South Africa)
Dr Nzimande was appointed as Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology on 30 May 2019. He was Minister of Transport from 27 February 2018 to 25 May 2019. Dr Bonginkosi Emmanuel "Blade" Nzimande was the Minister of Higher Education and Training in the Republic of South Africa... Read More →
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Martina Hirayama

State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation (Switzerland)
Martina Hirayama studied Chemistry at the ETH Zurich, the University of Fribourg and Imperial College London, graduating from ETH Zurich with a doctorate in technical sciences (Dr. sc. Techn). She went on to do postgraduate studies in Business Economics at the ETH Zurich, and completed... Read More →
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Daniel Nivagara

Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education (Mozambique)
Daniel Nivagara graduated in Pedagogy and Psychology at the Pedagogical Institute of Maputo in 1995. He continued his studies at the University of Nantes, in France, where he obtained a master's degree in Education Sciences in 2001 and in 2007 he completed his doctorate in the same... Read More →

Rhoda Wanyenze

Professor and Dean, Makerer University School of Public Health Uganda
Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze MBChB, MPH, PhD is a Professor and Dean at Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH). She has vast experience in infectious diseases, sexual and reproductive Health, Health Systems research, program management, and capacity building in Uganda and sub-Saharan... Read More →
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Veronika von Messling

Directorate-General, Life Science Division at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Prof. Dr. Veronika von Messling, is Directorate-General of the Life Science Division atthe German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. She obtained her veterinarydegree and her doctorate degree in veterinary virology from the Veterinary SchoolHannover, Germany. After postdoctoral... Read More →
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Maria da Graça Carvalho

Member, European Parliament
Maria da Graça Carvalho is currently a member of the European Parliament. She was a senior advisor of Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, from November 2014 to December 2015. Previously, she was a member of the European Parliament, between July 2009... Read More →

Amadou Gallo Diop

Director-General for Research and Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (Senegal)

Wednesday February 16, 2022 09:00 - 11:00 CET