Bringing home the expertise to tackle TB

Associate Professor Suraj Parihar from UCT's Department of Pathology and member of the IDM, has been awarded an NIH Emerging Global Leader Award to build capacity in immune-metabolic and immune-genetic research.
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A head-and-shoulders photo of Prof. Figaji wearing a blue suit

Professor Anthony Figaji joins CIDRI-Africa

Tony joins us as a Principal Investigator. He holds several positions at UCT including Professor and Head of Paediatric Neurosurgery, Head of the African Brain Child research group, and SARChI Chair of Clinical Neurosciences.
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  • The Francis Crick Institute Postdoctoral career development fellowships for clinicians


    The Francis Crick Institute Postdoctoral career development fellowships for clinicians
    The Crick's postdoctoral career development fellowships for clinicians provide funding for one year full-time or two years part-time postdoctoral research experience for clinicians in a Crick research group. Fellows with their own salary funded via NIHR, their universities or other external funding schemes may also apply to be hosted within a Crick research group. 
    The fellowships aim to:
    •    Foster long-term clinical links and collaborations.
    •    Provide clinicians with a postdoctoral extension of their research experience, and with scientific networking, training and career development opportunities.
    •    Provide a platform from which fellows may apply for external funding, e.g. clinician scientist fellowships, to be held at the Crick or elsewhere.
    Fellows at the Crick will be embedded in a vibrant multidisciplinary research community of more than 1000 scientists carrying out research to improve our understanding of health and disease. They will benefit from an extensive seminar programme including Crick lectures, Interest Group seminars and Symposia, from clinical academic networking opportunities, and from comprehensive training and career development activities including technical training via the Crick's Science Technology Platforms, science communication and grant writing.
    This opportunity would suit talented and motivated postdoctoral clinicians who are passionate about research and show outstanding potential for continuing a career in academic medicine and research. Applicants should have completed a medical degree, or equivalent clinical professional qualification, and hold, or be about to hold, a research PhD.
    Applications for Crick fully funded fellowships open in March 2024. Applications from fellows with funding for their own salary support are welcome at any time.
    For further information visit:
    Contact: Prof. Robert J Wilkinson 

  • Funding opportunity: The Trinity Challenge £1 million prize to tackle AMR in low- and middle-income countries


    A new innovation competition with a grand prize of up to £1 million is currently accepting submissions. The Trinity Challenge on Antimicrobial Resistance is specifically calling for data-driven solutions focussed on low- and middle-income countries to help mitigate the global crisis of antimicrobial resistance. 

    The Challenge is open both to those already working in antimicrobial resistance, or those who work in different fields but may be able to develop or adapt a data-driven solution with expertise that can be transferred to use in antimicrobial resistance.

    Antimicrobial resistance is a ‘One Health’ problem, with a negative impact on human, animal and environmental health. Solutions submitted to the Challenge may focus on one or any combination of these ‘One Health’ elements. 

    The Challenge was launched with a webinar featuring tips and discussion from the Trinity Challenge team and their partners MIT Solve, plus questions from participants on topics like the Challenge’s community data focus and the application process. You can watch the recording here

    Submissions should be entered via the Challenge platform by 29 February 2024.

    The Trinity Challenge is a charity that was founded by Dame Sally Davies in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which highlighted a global need to be better prepared to tackle healthcare emergencies. Find out more about the Trinity Challenge on the website: