Establishing African genomics and bioinformatics programs through annual regional workshops

Abdoallah Sharaf, Lucky Tendani Nesengani, Ichrak Hayah, Josiah Ochieng Kuja, Sinebongo Mdyogolo, Taiwo Crossby Omotoriogun, Blessing Adanta Odogwu, Girish Beedessee, Rae Marvin Smith, Abdelhamid Barakat, Acclaim M. Moila, Adil El Hamouchi, Alia Benkahla, Amal Boukteb, Amine Elmouhtadi, Antoine Lusala Mafwila, Asmaa Mohammed Abushady, Assem Kadry Elsherif, Bulbul Ahmed, Charles WairuriCharlotte C. Ndiribe, Chukwuike Ebuzome, Craig J. Kinnear, Deborah-Fay Ndlovu, Driss Iraqi, Elmostafa El Fahime, Ermias Assefa, Faissal Ouardi, Fatima Zohra Belharfi, Fatim Zohra Tmimi, Fatu Badiane Markey, Fouzia Radouani, Francis Zeukeng, Georges Lelo Mvumbi, Hamilton Ganesan, Mariem Hanachi, Helen Nigussie, Hicham Charoute, Ichrak Benamri, Ikram Mkedder, Imane Haddadi, Issam Meftah-Kadmiri, Jackson Franco Mubiru, Jean-Baka Kodjo Domelevo Entfellner, Joan Bayowa Rokani, Joel Ogwang, Jude Bigoga Daiga, Judy Omumbo, Justin Eze Ideozu, Khaoula Errafii, Kim Labuschagne, Komi Koukoura Komi, Libert Brice Tonfack, Lydia Hadjeras, Madeleine Ramantswana, Mamohale Chaisi, Marietjie W. Botes, Mariëtte Kilian, Marija Kvas, Marouane Melloul, Melek Chaouch, Meriem Khyatti, Michael Abdo, Mmatshepho Phasha-Muchemenye, Mohamed Hijri, Mohammed Rida Mediouni, Mohammed Ahmed Hassan, Mohammed Piro, Monica Mwale, Mossaab Maaloum, Mudzuli Mavhunga, Nicholas Abraham Olivier, Oumaima Aminou, Oumayma Arbani, Oussema Souiai, Pierre François Djocgoue, Rachid Mentag, Renate Dorothea Zipfel, Rolland Bantar Tata, Rosette Megnekou, Sadik Muzemil, Sadye Paez, Samson Pandam Salifu, Samuel Paul Kagame, Sarra Selka, Sean Edwards, Semir Bechir Suheil Gaouar, Shaimaa Roshdy Abdullah Reda, Siham Fellahi, Slimane Khayi, Soumia Ayed, Thabang Madisha, Tulsi Sahil, Ogbuagu Ugorji Udensi, Verena Ras, Victor Ezebuiro, Vincent C. Duru, Xavier David, Yonas Geberemichael, Yves H. Tchiechoua, Zahra Mungloo-Dilmohamud, Zhiliang Chen, Christian Happi, Thomas Kariuki, Cathrine Ziyomo, Appolinaire Djikeng, Bouabid Badaoui*, Ntanganedzeni Mapholi, Anne Muigai*, Julian O. Osuji, ThankGod Echezona Ebenezer*

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Abstract

The African BioGenome Project (AfricaBP) Open Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics aims to overcome barriers to capacity building through its distributed African regional workshops and prioritizes the exchange of grassroots knowledge and innovation in biodiversity genomics and bioinformatics. In 2023, we implemented 28 workshops on biodiversity genomics and bioinformatics, covering 11 African countries across the 5 African geographical regions. These regional workshops trained 408 African scientists in hands-on molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics techniques as well as the ethical, legal and social issues associated with acquiring genetic resources. Here, we discuss the implementation of transformative strategies, such as expanding the regional workshop model of AfricaBP to involve multiple countries, institutions and partners, including the proposed creation of an African digital database with sequence information relating to both biodiversity and agriculture. This will ultimately help create a critical mass of skilled genomics and bioinformatics scientists across Africa.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Genetics
Early online date8 Jul 2024
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Jul 2024

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