PhD student Judith Oymans working in the biosafety level-3 facilities of Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Lelystad, the Netherlands

The Zoonotic Arbo and respiratory virus group (ZARV), Department Medical Virology, Centre for Viral Zoonoses, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Front from LtoR: Prof Marietjie Venter (PI); Adriano Mendes (Postdoc)(ANDEMIA); Milenah Guarido (PhD student, TWAS); Isabel Fourie (MSc student (ANDEMIA); Meggan Ridden (Postdoc)(UP/LEARN); Laguda-Akingba Oluwakemi (PhD student ANDEMIA); Back Left to Right: Caitlin Mcintyre (MSc student (LEARN/ANDEMIA); Dr June Williams (Veterinary Pathologist, Faculty of Vet Science, Collaborator);  Sontaga Manyana (BSc (Hons)(2018)); Jumari Steym (PhD student (CDC/NRF); Thopisang Motlou (MSc student (ANDEMIA/LEARN); Olivia Letsona(Lab manager/Research assistant).

What LEARN aims to prevent: A cow that succumbed to the consequences of Middelburg infection (Family Togaviridae, genus Alphavirus)

Caitlin Macintyre and Elise Bonnet being trained in diagnostics @WBVR in July-August 2019. 

January 2020: Dr. Wade Abel collecting organ samples at the Maroua (north region Cameroon) municipal abbatoir. The organ samples (cerebrospinal fluid, liver and spleen) will be tested for the presence of arboviral RNA.  

February 2020: UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe opening the LEARN stakeholder meeting in at Future Africa. 

Registration LEARN stakeholder meeting 

The University of Pretoria’s new Future Africa campus is the place where Africa’s leading scientists and scholars from across the world and from a broad range of disciplines come together to leverage the benefits of transdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges that face Africa and the world.