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Redeemer's University has won a grant of one million and five hundred thousand dollars (two and fifteen million naira) over the next four years to support research and training of Africans in the field of genomics and building scientific infrastructure under the Human, Hereditary and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Programme which is funded by partnership between the United States National Institutes of Health and the United kingdom's Wellcome Trust.
Speaking on the award, The Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), Dr. Eric Green said that," H3 Africa awards demonstrate our continued commitment to furthering the capacity for genomics research on the African continent." He further stated that studying human diseases within populations with the greatest genetic diversity and encouraging collaborative contributions from their African colleagues would yield new insights about the role of genetics in health and disease.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Debo Adeyewa has thanked God for His grace and glory over the university and commended the Principal Investigator, Dean, College of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Christian Happi and the Team from the university that packaged the award winning proposal for a job well-done.
He said, " For the university to emerge among its peers in Nigeria and Africa and won such a highly competitive grant award has shown that the university is gradually warming up to occupy a place of pride in the comity of universities.
Professor Adeyewa charged all academic staff to continue to work towards providing a cutting-edge research that will distinguish the university as one of the renowned centres of excellence and destination for research grants.
The university will host the project for the study of microbial genetic determinants of febrile illness in West Africa. Professor Christian Happi will be leading researchers from Nigeria, Sierra-Leone, Senegal and in partnership with researchers in United States of America to identify and study all unknown pathogens that cause fever in rural Africa using deep sequencing technologies and microbial metagenomics.
The project is expected to enhance research capacity development and technology transfer in the field of genomics on health in Africa through series of trainings at the Broad Institute and implementation at the West African Genomic Research Network sites.