• Dr Ryan Wagner gets his PhD

    Posted on September 6, 2016 by in Uncategorized

    Ryan got his PhD and is now Dr Wagner.  His PhD titled “The burden of epilepsy: Using population-based data to define the burden and model a cost-effective intervention for the treatment of epilepsy in rural South Africa”  was  featured on the front page of Umeå University’s website (English version)http://www.umu.se/english/about-umu/news-events/news/newsdetailpage/community-interventions-needed-to-close-epilepsy-treatment-gap-can-be-cost-effective.cid269550.  The Swedish Epilepsy Association has also […]

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  • Dr Mark Collinson from the MRC/Wits Agincourt Unit at the 2016 Community Survey statistical release

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    Dr Mark Collinson was at the Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) event to release the 2016 Community Survey Statistics. He is mentoring several of the ‘Isibalo’ Young African Statisticians, who are mostly Stats SA employees who are earmarked for academic development, some of whom have Honours degrees and some are on Masters courses.

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  • Agincourt takes World Health Awareness Day seriously

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    The Agincourt HDSS is fortunate to have dedicated and passionate clinical staff working on our AWIGEN and PHIRST projects, who, led by Zola organised a health awareness day for all staff in the unit on the 6th May 2016.  The staff took the opportunity to celebrate the nursing profession.  Their manager, Zola Myakayaka reported that […]

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  • Donation of blankets to Hlayisekani Nursing Home in Huntington

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    We were fortunate, through Alex Scholtz, to receive a few blankets through the Mandela 67 minutes knitting project, and we decided to donate these to the Hlayisekani Nursing Home in Huntington.  This old age home was started by a very enthusiastic and committed young man (24 years old), Panic Nyiko Mokoena.  Right now there are 24 old […]

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  • Much needed new freezer space in unit lab

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    We have expanded our biomedical research focus, and needed more -70 and other freezers – and here is the new space and freezers.

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  • Daniel Ohene-Kwofie joins the unit as Data Scientist

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    A few words from Daniel: “Hi there. I joined the Unit from December 2015 as a Data Scientist and it’s been exciting working with the team here.  I have an MSc  in Computer Science from Wits University and  I am currently working on my PhD in Information Engineering focussing on efficient ‘Bigdata’ management and processing […]

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  • CD4+ cell count results determine traditional treatment eligibility among HIV-infected patients in rural South Africa

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    Carolyn Audet from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Institute for Global Health, both made a verbal presentation and had a poster at the AIDS 2016 Conference.  Her presentation and poster focussed on her work with  Sizzy Ngobeni and Ryan  Wagner on traditional healers in the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit research site.  Findings included that engagement […]

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  • We welcome Bahihah Mohamed – Senior Finance Officer

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    We welcome Bahihah Mohamed who has joined our team based in Johannesburg as senior finance manager.  Bahihah has already made a trip to Acornhoek and Agincourt and is looking forward to working closely with us all in all our offices.

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  • NUTRI-SCOPE proposal development workshop – Ethiopia

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    Policymakers from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Kenya were among 19 participants of the NUTRI-SCOPE proposal development workshop that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 11-13 July 2016. The proposed study links environment, nutrition and health research – closely involving HDSSs, the research modeling community and policymakers. Other workshop participants came from INDEPTH Secretariat; HDSSs […]

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  • WORKSHOP ON IMPROVING EXECUTIVE FUNCTION IN CHILDREN THROUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, AGINCOURT 21 APRIL 2016

    Posted on May 5, 2016 by in Uncategorized

    Fascinating presentations and animated discussions about new methods for testing, and possible interventions for improving executive function in children through physical activity were the order of the day when expert researchers from the MRC/Wits Agincourt Unit, the local Department of Education, University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Wollongong in Australia, University of Oxford in […]

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