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Research Seminar: New perspectives on mitochondrialDNA variation in disease

Presented by: Dr. Joanna Elson, Researcher in Mitochondrial Genetics, Newcastle University

Date: 17 August 2018

Time: 13:30 to 14:30

Venue: Harvey Pirie Auditorium, Ground Floor, Watkins Pitchford Building, Cnr Hospital & De Korte Streets, NHLS, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

For more information : Research seminar mtDNA 


Precision Medicine in Africa short course:  Sunday 7th  to Tuesday 9th October, 2018. 

The Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB), in collaboration with the Division of Human Genetics, National Health Laboratory Service and the School of Pathology, University of the Witwatersrand, announces a short course (3 days) on Precision Medicine in Africa.

Precision medicine is an emerging approach for treatment and prevention of diseases, which couples established approaches with molecular profiling to create diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic strategies precisely tailored to each patient's requirements. It takes into consideration the individual variability of each patient, but can also be applied in a Precision Public Health setting. Given this new wave of innovation in medicine, we have a vital role to play in enabling precision medicine in Africa through promoting and conducting research on the people of this continent. Building capacity and resources in this area is critical. It is therefore our objective to create awareness and to support and strengthen local and regional capacity development.

 The course intends to introduce health professionals including clinicians, academic clinicians, dieticians, as well as research investigators, postgraduate students, health related counsellors, and people working in the Health Industry, to the concept of precision medicine and some of the issues related to developing a precision medicine agenda in Africa. It will highlight how an enhanced understanding of the human genome and its function could have an impact on modern clinical practice in an African context.

Time: 08h00 to 17h00 daily

Venue: SBIMB Seminar Room, 9 Jubilee Road, Parktown, Johannesburg

Application closing date: 17 September 2018

Register online:

Cost: R3000 internal (Wits students  and staff), R3500 external

CPD points: 21 points

Wits Certificate of Attendance will be issued


Course lecturers include: Michele Ramsay, Amanda Krause, Zane Lombard, Shelley Macaulay, Noelene Kinsley, Nadia Carstens and more.

For more information about the course contact:

Ms Jocelyne Gayenga – email: ; Tel: 011 717 6631