EDCTP Consortium Meets in South Africa

The second annual meeting of the EDCTP-funded PredictTB partners took place in the rural setting of the Robertson winelands in the Western Cape, South Africa, on 25 and 26 March 2019.

The PredictTB consortium was thrilled to personally welcome the new EDCTP project officer Dr. Daniel Weibel to the meeting, which was hosted by UCT SATVI, one of the five South African trial sites. The meeting started off with a visit of SATVI’s hospital and labs in Worcester. Following the site visit, the consortium assessed the progress of the project work package by work package and made plans for the upcoming year.

The second day was dedicated to capacity building and mentorship, led by Dr. Novel Chegou and Dr. Fanie Malherbe from Stellenbosch University. PredictTB gives students and early career researchers access to leading South African TB researchers as well as peers in the field. MSc and PhD students from the partner institutions seized the opportunity and presented their research to the consortium.

The next PredictTB meeting organised by the FNIH will bring together all PredictTB partners in Shanghai at the end of May 2019.