SANTHE Fellow wins award to train at Wellcome Genome Campus

Saturday, 9 June, 2018

As a proud recipient of a 30th Anniversary Award from the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridge, UK, Isabella Ferreira, SANTHE Masters trainee based at the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) in Durban, South Africa, attended a “Bioinformatic Resources for Immunologists” course there from 4 to 8 June. The award was granted to one individual per course offered by the institution in celebration of its thirty years of course and conference delivery.

“The programme was very thorough and informative. Each lecture and tutorial was well planned and structured for maximum benefit. It was great to methodically go through each resource and learn what each site had to offer. I found sessions that had a theoretical and practical part very useful and it really allowed for a lot of engagement with the resources,” said Ferreira. “There is a wealth of online resources available to immunologists and the course helped to identify some very valuable ones. It also allowed for a lot of important networking opportunities.”

Ferreira’s project looks at identifying the cellular HIV reservoir in lymph nodes from antiretroviral suppressed individuals. “This requires a fair amount of flow cytometry and single cell RNA sequencing and since the course focussed on these, as well as pathway analysis, many important aspects of my project where covered. I am using single cell RNA sequencing and flow cytometry to identify which cell populations harbour replication-competent viruses,” she said. “The course also focused on immunological pathways which are important to my mechanistic understanding of why certain cell types harbour HIV and others don’t.”

The Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences programme keeps evolving to remain at the forefront of changing technology, different delivery formats and advances in science. Now part of the Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science programme - to connect researchers, health professionals and the wider public (to enable better exploration of the impact of genomic science on people) - the programme continues to deliver a series of events that resonate with the changing needs of the global biomedical community.