Informatics training for South Africans

Stanford researchers announced last month an initiative to enhance informatics expertise in South Africa for the fight against AIDS and tuberculosis.

The new Stanford-South Africa Biomedical Informatics Training Program will involve investigators from Stanford, the University of the Western Cape, the University of Cape Town and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (South Africa). The endeavor joins HIV biologists, epidemiologists and bioinformaticians in teaching, research and training.

Stanford faculty will teach short courses in South Africa, with an initial focus on building and using HIV databases, pharmacogenomics and the development of computer languages for describing medical discoveries. The program also supports bringing visiting scholars from South Africa to study at Stanford for three to 12 months.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through its National Human Genome Research Institute and Fogarty International Center, recently awarded the young program $800,000 over the next three years.

For more information about the new Stanford-South Africa Biomedical Informatics Training Program, visit http://smi-web.stanford.edu/academics/ssa/index.htm