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Supervisors (sitted) together with students of Nairobi Node Initiative in Science and Education- African Natural Products Research and Training Network (RISE-AFNNET) hosted a two-day Conference from 15th to 18th June   2016 in Mash Park Hotel, Nairobi.

The current PhD and MSc fellows supported by the Network from Nairobi Node  presentedand discussed their research. See photos

 

Dr. Jared Serem 3rd Left a PhD Rise afnnet fellow attended a conference titled: The world academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries/Biovision Alexandria.NXT 2016 (TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016) Program at Centre for Special Studies and programs (CSSP) at Bibliotheca Alexandria, Cairo Egypt on 10th – 14th April 2016 presented an abstract on “Growth performance and feed conversion efficiency of pigs supplemented with Moringa oleifera leaf meal”

PROF.KIAMA STEPHEN GITAHI APPOINTED PRINCIPAL,CAVS

Prof. Peter Mbithi, Vice-Chancellor (right) congratulates Prof. Stephen Kiama (centre), on his appointment as Principal, CAVS. Looking on is Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs.

The Vice-Chancellor congratulates Prof. Stephen Gitahi Kiama on his appointment as the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences with effect from Monday April 11, 2016.

Prior to his appointment, he was the Director of Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies.  He has previously also served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine for seven years (2003 – 2010).
Prof. Kiama holds a PhD degree in Structural Biology from the University of Bern, Switzerland.  He obtained his Bachelors of Veterinary Medicine and Masters of Veterinary Anatomy from the University of Nairobi.
He has authored over 100 journal and conference publications, with over 60 in reputable scientific journals i.e journal of Leukocyte Biology, Immunology and cell Biology, American Journal of Pathology, American Journal of Respiratory, cell and Molecular Biology.
He is also the Coordinator of the African Natural Product training Network.  (Rise – AFNNET) involving three Universities from East Africa, (Makerere, Sokoine and University of Nairobi).
The program has sponsored 16 PhD and MSc graduates with scholarships.

WORKING TOWARDS A CLEAN WORLD

Professor Kiama Gitahi warns that human beings are rapidly destabilising the Earth’s key life support systems; but he is determined to give his contribution to conserve the environment along the lines of Kenya’s most famous environmentalist, the late Nobel Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai.Read More.....

Micheni Ndii Kiraithe Rise Afnnet Fellow Graduate with Master of Science Degree in Natural Products and Bioprospecting at University of Nairobi on 4th December 2015. Micheni Ndii Kiraithe with Prof. Stephen Kiama Rise Afnnet University of Nairobi Node Leader 

 

Dr. Nasimolo attended the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on “Lung Development, Injury and Repair” in New Hampshire, USA from 15th -21st August, 2015.

He made a seminar presentation in Louisiana State University (LSU) Veterinary school on the 10th September 2015, through an invitation from Prof. Arthur Penn.

His  trip for to the conference was sponsored through the Carnegie Fund for Conference attendance (CFCA), while  visit to Louisiana State University (LSU) Veterinary School was funded by LSU, Department of  Comparative Biological Sciences. 

Dr. Johnson Nasimolo Rise Afnnet Fellow attended the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on “Lung Development, Injury and Repair” in New Hampshire, USA. 

Dr. Nasimolo made a seminar presentation in Louisiana State University (LSU) Veterinary school on the 10th September 2015, through an invitation from Prof. Arthur Penn.

 
RISE Competitive Fund for Graduates : Phase II
Call for Concept proposals for the new Competitive Fund for RISE PhD Graduates. Deadline for Application is 17th December ,2015.  More Information
 

Clare Njoki (second from left) a Rise Afnnet fellow with her mentor Dr. Venant Tchokonte-Nana (third from right) and some members of the Islet Research Group at the Division of Anatomy and Histology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University.

Njoki got the opportunity to train under the mentorship of Dr. Venant Tchokonte-Nana at the Islet Research Laboratory, Division of Anatomy and Histology, Stellenbosch University from 1st August to 30th September, 2015; Courtesy of the African Academy of Sciences Mentorship Program on Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. The focus of her training was on protocols for regenerating pancreatic islet cells as a possible source of donor cells for transplantation in the treatment of diabetes mellitus.

 

RISE AFNNET Fellow explain why Postdoc Program are so vital to Africans.

Postdoc fellow Joseph Mwanzia Nguta from Kenya talks about his research into the antituberculosis properties of various plants traditionally used in Ghana to treat respiratory problems. His research in this neglected field has led to some exciting discoveries. Nguta also explains why postdoc programmes are so vital if African scientists are going to be able to compete globally. Read more http://www.scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/tb/multimedia/kenyan-uncovers-antituberculosis-plants-1.html

 

RISE-AFNNET FELLOWS CONFERENCE 2015

The RISE-AFNNET fellows conference took place on September 11th 2015 at Imperial Royale Hotel,Kampala, Uganda.Those in attendance from the Nairobi node include Prof.Kiama S.G,Prof.Gakuya,D.W,Dr.Catherine Kaluwa,Dr.Ochwang'i Dominic,Mr.Micheni Kiraithe,Mrs.Kamau Loise,Dr.Serem J.K and Mr.Musau J.K.Each of the students gave a thrilling presentation of their research at the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALL FOR APPLICATION

Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance (CFCA) Partners,

We wish to announce the 2nd call for applications to the Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance (CFCA).  Applications with a deadline to submit materials to IIE by October 30, 2015.  We have an updated FAQ sheet, application form, recommendation forms (I & II), and budget form (attached); and.  IIE will continue to respond to inquiries at the CFCA inbox as regards eligibility, status of submitted applications, and the selection process overall.

We are looking forward to another productive selection in December 2015.  The awardees to date have shown themselves on the whole very appreciative of the chance to attend and present at international conferences.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the above.

With warm regards,

 

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Call for Applications - L'Oreal-UNESCO Regional Fellowship for Women in Science in Sub-Saharan Africa

Call for applications 2015 from 4 May to 1 July - 5 Fellowships of € 5,000 each, will be granted to 5 African Ph.D. Students enrolled in an African University - 5 Fellowships of € 10,000 each, will be granted to 5 African postdoctoral researchers working in a laboratory or research institute registered in one of the region’s countries Closing date for applications: 1 July 2015 Information and online application on www.fwis.fr ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA - Having obtained a Ph.D. degree in Life or Physical Sciences or pursuing studies leading to a Ph.D. degree - Having the nationality of a Sub-Saharan African country - Working in a Research Laboratory or Institution in one of the region’s countries or being enrolled in a doctoral programme at a University in Sub-Saharan Africa - Candidates must be no more than 40 years old by the end of the application period for Ph.D. and not more than 45 years for post-doctoral. Asénath Etilé, physicist The L’Oréal Foundation launches the 5th edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women Science Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowships to support young women scientists.


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Dr. Joseph M. Nguta 1st on the left squatted in a conference in Isfahan iran 

Joseph Mwanzia Nguta, a postdoc rise afnnet students Webometrics ranking (March, 2015) was  Position 97, among top 100 Kenyan scientists (http://www.webometrics.info/en/node/106)

 


Dr. Ochwang'i Dominic,Visiting Research Scholar,Department of Pharmaceutical Biology,Institute of Pharmacy and Biochemistry,Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany ,Working in the cell culture room (Laminar flow hood) preparing samples for Resazurin Assay (Cytotoxicity studies of medicinal plants on cancer cell lines).He is working under a renown cancer researcher;Prof.Dr.Thomas Efferth for his Phd Thesis in collaboration with the University of Nairobi Supervisors;Prof.S.G Kiama,Prof.P.K.Gathumbi,Dr.C.K.Kimwele and Dr.J.A.Oduma
 

The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships

Program 2015 Call for Active PhD Candidates.

The Award: Up to US$25,000 for a 610 month period starting between July and December 2015 to travel to a host institution located in a World Bank member country to conduct development-related PhD research under the supervision of a research advisor. Upon completion of the program McNamara fellows return to their home country for work. Read more..

Introducing the Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance.

The Corporation’s board of trustees recently approved a grant for the Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance (CFCA), a competitive fund to support African beneficiaries of Corporation-supported postgraduate degree and postdoctoral programs to present papers at major international conferences.  A list of eligible Corporation-supported programs is attached.  Since 2008, the Corporation’s primary strategy in Africa has been to assist in the development and retention of the next generation of African academics through support for African universities, postgraduate training networks, and fellowship programs.  Close to 1,000 fellows at masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral levels have received support.  This fund is meant to enable a selection of those fellows who have papers accepted for presentation at major international conferences to heighten their visibility within their disciplines and expand their professional networks. Read more...

Dr. James Kuria attended the Seminar on Traditional Chinese Medicine for African English-speaking Countries; 13th October to 11th November, 2014 through the nomination of the Ministry of Devolution and Planning through KEMRI and the sponsorship of the Economic and Commercial Ministry of the People’s Republic of China and Xiyuan Hospital of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. The seminar gave the participants a theoretical background and some clinical application of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including basic training of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches to therapy. Read More...

 

 

Dr Kuria receiving certificate of completion from Mr. He Jun, Secretary of Party Committee, Xiyuan Hospital.

 

Catherine Kaluwa, a PhD student from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, talks about the journey she has taken from walking barefoot to school to researching the efficacy of plants that women in her homeland have traditionally taken for family planning. She also outlines some of the challenges she has faced as a female researcher working in a male-dominated profession.

Researching natural contraceptives in a man’s world. Read more....

Dr.Ochwang'i Dominic Rise Afnnet fellow receive a present from Prof.Mbithi Peter (DVC A&F) as the Best Oral Presenter in the 9th  Biennial Scientific  Conference held on 3rd -5th September 2014 at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Upper Kabete Campus (CAVS)

TWAS Research and Advanced Training Fellowship: 2014 Call for Applications

TWAS, The World Academy of Science is now accepting applications for the Research and Advanced Training Fellowship Programme. The deadline to apply is 1 October 2014.

These fellowships are offered to scientists from developing countries and are tenable at centers of excellence in various developing countries.

Eligible fields include one or more of the following: agricultural and biological sciences, medical and health sciences, chemistry, engineering, astronomy, space and earth sciences, mathematics and physics.

Please see http://www.twas.org/opportunity/twas-fellowships-research-and-advanced-training for the latest information regarding the above programme, including eligibility criteria, guidelines, etc.

Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply.

Dr. Irene Thiguku Kamanja Rise Afnnet Fellow graduate with Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology & Toxicology in a colourful ceremony at University of Nairobi on 29th August 2014.

Dr.Zachary Rukenya & Dr. Ronald Okindo Rise Afnnet Fellows graduate With Msc in Natural Products and Bioprospecting in a colourful graduation ceremony at University of Nairobi on 29th August 2014.

Call for Applications: TWAS PhD, Postdoctoral, and Visiting Scholar Fellowships

Posted on April 10th, 2014

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is accepting applications for the 2014 session of fellowships from April 2014 to September 2014 for placements to commence in 2015. Read More.....

Call for Applications: Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries

Posted on June 30th, 2014
With funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) has instituted a fellowship programme for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a PhD, at centres of excellence in the South (developing countries), outside their own country. Read More...

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Johnson, Program officer on higher Education in Africa at Carnegie Foundation of New York visit the RISE AFNNET UON NODE

Andrea Johnson visited UON node on 2nd April 2014 and held a three hour session with the RISEAFNNET students

Bringing Reproduction Rights Back to the Women (Afnnet) by Alan Anderson.

Catherine Kaingu Kaluwa grew up in the remote, drought-prone Tana River County of Kenya. Her mother was a teacher who never stopped pushing her eight children to get as much education as they could. “She said she could not give us much,” recalls Catherine, whose county is among the poorest in Kenya, “because the family struggled to support me and my seven brothers and sisters.” The sparsely inhabited county is divided between nomadic and farming tribes, who often come to blows; efforts at development have been stymied by conflict and by flooding of the Tana River. Read More ..

Dr.Zachary M. Rukenya at Uganda Veterinary Association Scientific Veterinary Symposium on 13th December 2013.

Dr.Johnson Nasimolo & Ms. Clare Njoki Rise Afnnet Fellows graduate in a colourful graduation ceremony at University of Nairobi on 6th December 2013.

Ms. Karambu Muriithi on the Left ,Dr. Catherine Kaluwa Third Left, Dr. Dominic Ochwang'i  Sixth  Left and Dr. James Kuria Second Right at the15th Symposium of the Natural Products Chemistry Research Network for East and Central Africa (NAPRECA) from 3rd  -10th December, 2013  at Khartom Sudan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RISE Annual Meeting ,Aloe Ridge Hotel Johannesburg, South Africa,October 25-26, 2013.Prof.Kiama (second left) with other participants during the meeting.

 

 

RISE-AFNNET review meeting at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies,Nairobi (27th-29th September,2013).Left to right:Dr.Dominic Ochwang'i,Ms.Janet Ndoro,Prof.David Kabasa, Dr.Gaymary Bakari,Dr.Catherine Kaluwa,Mr.Patrick Ogwang,Prof.Stephen Kiama,Prof.Robinson Mdegela and Dr.Stevens Kisaka.

 

 

 

 
Dr.Catherine Kaluwa and Dr.Johnson Nasimolo Rise Afnnet Fellows attended the 19th International Scientific Conference  on Basic and Clinical Research for inproved Health on 11th-
13th 2013 in Southern Sun,Mayfair,Nairobi,Kenya.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

MS KARAMBU MURIITHI GRADUATES.

 Ms Karambu Muriithi graduated in colorful graduation ceremony held at the University of Nairobi
 on 23rd August 2013. Her Master of Science thesis is entitled “Ethnobotanical uses and
 phytochemical analysis of Cyperus articulatus from Tharaka Meru”
       
 
       
                                             

 

Dr. Johnson Nasimolo, RISE-AFNNET fellow was  invited and awarded a travel grant by the SONA/IBRO to present his research entitled"Erythrina Abyssinica amelioriates Neuroinflammation in African Trypanosomiasis mouse model” at the 11th SONA International Conference  in Rabat Morocco, from 13th-18th June 2013.Read more

Rise afnnet fellows present their work at the Mount Kenya  University Annual Research and Innovation Conference.Seated in the centre is the Cabinet Secretary,Ministry of Education;Prof.Jacob Kaimenyi.

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  • Rise Afnnet Conference on 15th - 18th June 2016 at Mash park Hotel Nairobi
  • RISE Competitive Fund for Graduates : Phase II
    Call for Concept proposals for the new Competitive Fund for RISE PhD Graduates. Deadline for Application is 17th December ,2015.
  • 15th October 2015.

  • Dr. Joseph Nguta uncovers antituberculosis plants, he talks about his research  into the antituberculosis properties of varous plants traditionally used in Ghana.Read More ....

  • Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance (CFCA) Partners,

  • Call for Application

    2nd call for applications to the Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance (CFCA).  Applications with a deadline to submit materials to IIE by October 30, 2015We have an updated FAQ sheet, application form, recommendation forms (I & II), and budget form (SEE LATEST NEWS); 

  • Dr. Irene Kamanja graduated on 29th August 2014 with PhD in Pharmocology and Toxicology  and Dr. Ronald O.Onzago and Dr. Zachary M. Rukenya Graduated on the same day with Msc in Natural Products and Bioprospecting.
  • Dr. Ronald O.Onzago and Dr. Zachary M. Rukenya  attended 48th Annual Scientific Conference on 23rd to 26th April 2014 at Boma Inn Hotel , Eldoret. The them of the conference is "Improving Veterinary Governance and Service Delivery in a Devolved system for Sustainable Development".
  • Andrea Johnson, Program officer on higher Education in Africa at Carnegie Foundation of New York visited UON node on 2nd April 2014 and held a three hour session with the RISEAFNNET students
  • Dr.Zachary  Rukenya Rise Afnnet fellow presented his paper on 'Current challanges and approaches to managment of antimicrobial drug resistance  at scientific veterinary symposium at Kampala Uganda on 13th December 2013.Read More.....
  • Dr.Johnson Nasimolo & Ms. Clare Njoki Rise Afnnet Fellows graduate in a colour ceremony at University of Nairobi on 6th December 2013.
  • Dr.Catherine Kaluwa, Dr. Dominic Ochwangi, Dr. James Kuria and Ms. Karambu Muriithi  attended the15th Symposium of the Natural Products Chemistry Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA) from 3rd  -10th December, 2013  at Khartom Sudan.
  • RISE Annual Meeting was held in  Aloe Ridge Hotel Johannesburg, South Africa October 25-26, 2013.
  • Dr.Johnson Nasimolo attended the 1st OHCEA One Health Conference  on 23rd -26th September 2013, held in Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia. Read More
  • Dr.Catherine Kaluwa and Dr.Johnson Nasimolo attended the 19th International Scientific Conference  on Basic and Clinical Research for inproved Health on 11th-13th 2013 in Southern Sun,Mayfair,Nairobi,Kenya.

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  • Ms.Karambu Mureithi, a Rise Afnnet Fellow graduates with MSc. from University of Nairobi.

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  • Ms. Karambu Muriithi, RISE-AFNNET fellow presented her research paper at Indigenous Plant Forum 2013 Conference

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  • RISE AFNNET PostDoc Fellow, Dr. Joseph Nguta attends the 2nd International Conference on Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interphase, Brazil

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  • Dr. Johnson Nasimolo, RISE-AFNNET fellow at the 11th SONA International Conference  in Rabat Morocco.

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  • Dr Zachary Rukenya and Dr Ronald Okindo, RISE-AFNNET fellows attended and presented papers

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  • The RISE AFNNET Workshop Nairobi Node was successfully held at KCB Karen on 26th and 27th October 2012.

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  • RISE AFNNET WORKSHOP: Nairobi Node

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