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TReND: Teaching and Research in Neuroscience for Development in Africa

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This event is open to all but would be particularly suited to PIs, Post docs and late stage PhD students.

“TReND in Africa”, which stands for Teaching and Research in (Neuro)science for Development in Africa, is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 2011 by two neuroscience researchers (Dr Lucia Prieto Godino and Dr Tom Baden) at the University of Cambridge, and their African collaborator, Sadiq Yusuf (Kampala International University, Uganda), with support from the Cambridge-Africa Programme. However, TReND is now run entirely by volunteer scientists based at universities worldwide, including the University of Cambridge. TReND believes that true sustainable development in Africa can be achieved by investing in higher education and scientific innovation. Therefore, the organisation runs a wide range of educational activities in Africa and supports the establishment of top-level scientific facilities at several countries across the continent by leveraging large scale, low cost approaches to innovation and research. TReND uses current technologies and developments, ranging from open source software and hardware approaches (such as 3D printing and online teaching tools), as well as the cost-effective yet powerful model organism – the fruit fly Drosophila, in their activities.

The Cambridge-Africa Programme (which incorporates the Wellcome Trust-Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research: WT-CCGHR) and Cambridge Neuroscience, warmly invite you to meet key members of TReND at the TReND Information Session There will be some short and exciting presentations by the founders of TReND, as well as some of their volunteers and alumni. This will be followed by an open discussion and a wine reception. Do join us to hear more about TReND, and learn how many more Cambridge researchers and postgraduate students could support this proactive international organisation to continue to build research and teaching capacity in Africa. We look forward to seeing you there!

This talk is part of the Cambridge-Africa Programme series.

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