The Sterlin-2 liquid nitrogen plant was installed in mid-September and started producing liquid nitrogen in early October. The LN2 plant is currently producing liquid nitrogen at a rate of 15 litres per hour. The 2000 litre liquid nitrogen holding vessel is automatically filled with liquid nitrogen once its level drops to 80%.
In an effort to encourage scientific discourse amongst researchers from three of South Africa’s leading research institutes, scientists from K-RITH joined the Carnegie Fellows at a retreat. In October, members of K-RITH, the MCB department of UCT and the IDM met in Stellenbosch for a retreat primarily funded by the Carnegie Foundation.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Jennifer Maroa, K-RITH/MPS Investigator ThumbiNdung’u and Research Associate Emily Wong attended and each presented a talk at the Federation of African Immunological Societies Conference in Nairobi, Kenya from the 30 November to the 4 December.
K-RITH hosted its fourth Interactive Biostatistics Course in November this year. Lori Chibnik, PhD, MPH, a Biostatistician at Harvard University, facilitated the course, where students work with data from their own projects to understand basic statistical concepts and methods used in medical research.
Dr. Schacker has developed an internationally recognized program in translational research focused on how HIV causes immune suppression. His group recently made the discovery of a process of inflammatory damage in lymphatic tissues;
Director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, Bruce Walker, will be conducting a seminar with five guest speakers, who will be focusing on novel technologies for understanding the human immune response and in vaccine development.
Head of the University of the Witwatersrand node of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research, Professor Bavesh Kana (PhD), will be hosting the next K-RITH Seminar Series. This Seminar Series will focus on the remodeling of mycobacterialpeptidoglycan during growth and tuberculosis disease.
Associate Professor, Muazzam Jacobs, will speak on 'Tumour Necrosis Factor Receptor (TNF-TNFR) interaction - a critical requirement for host immune protection against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection' for the September K-RITH Seminar Series.