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

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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).

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

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

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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.  

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

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Registration LEARN stakeholder meeting 

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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.