December

Kelly Chibale is traveling to Mauritius in mid-December with Dr Richard Gordon, Director of the Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships (SHIP) unit at the MRC, for fund-raising meetings with the Board of Investment of the National Investment Promotion Agency in Mauritius.

November

  • Kelly and Dr Les Street attended the 63rd Annual Meeting  of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) from 2-6 Nov in New Orleans in USA.
  • Kelly was in Boston, USA to meet with collaborators and funders from Merck Serono and Novartis as well as give an invited talk at a symposium on malaria and TB at Harvard University.
  • Kelly participated in a high level workshop on ‘Frontiers in Science on Neglected Diseases’ organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) from 12-14 Nov in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Dr Sunny Sunnassee and Dr Christel Brunschwig  both from Kelly’s group will visit collaborators (ex PhD student Renate Hans and ex Post Doc Dr Stephan Louw) at the Univ of Namibia in Windhoek from 10-12 Nov
  • Dr Richard Amewu from the University of Ghana visited the Chibale group and met with researchers.

October

Raban Masuka, PhD student flew to the UK to attend a Wellcome Trust Workshop and also undertake a four month internship at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, European Bioinformatics Inst (EMBL EBI) in the UK (with Dr Grace Mugumbate) from this October to March 2015.

          Kelly Chibale flew to Vancouver (Canada) with Dries Oelofse (H3-D Business Development Manager) and met      partners at the Centre for Drug Research and Development

On 8 October Dr Gansen Pillay (Deputy CEO: RISA (Research and Innovation Support and Advancement) of the National Research Foundation (NRF)) and Dr Linda Mtwisha (Director, Research Chairs & Centres of Excellence, NRF) attended the opening of the new 600 MHz NMR and cold probe, which had been installed in the Dept of Chemistry’s new analytical labs . The NMR was funded largely through an NRF grant awarded to Prof Chibale, with Department and Faculty funding making up the balance and paying for the addition of a cold probe. Prof Susan Bourne, Head of the Dept of Chemistry, hosted the opening. Invited guests were addressed by Dr Pillay, as well as by Prof Anton le Roex, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof Kelly Chibale and Prof Graham Jackson, both of the Dept of Chemistry. All four were of the opinion that the acquisition of this world-class equipment would enable graduates from the Dept of Chemistry to be more marketable for industry and research through their laboratory practice and training on this top class industry-quality equipment. The cold probe will also greatly enhance the testing of samples (liquid, semi-solid, solid) on the NMR and produce more detailed results and they anticipated exciting outcomes for research.   NMR news at UCT

L to R – Dr Linda Mtwisha, Dr Gansen Pillay and Prof Kelly Chibale listen to Mr Pete Roberts, Snr Technical Officer NMR in the Dept of Chemistry elaborating on the features of the new NMR and cold probe.

Opening of the New Analytical Lab and 600 MHz NMR hosted by the Chemistry Department.University of Cape Town, PD Hahn Building

Dr Linda Mtwisha (left) and Prof Kelly Chibale (right) with Dr Gansen Pillay as he cuts the ribbon to open the Analytical Lab housing the new NMR.

September

Prof Kelly Chibale, along with three post-docs – Dr Diego Gonzalez Cabrera, Dr Candice Soares de Melo and Dr Colin Wilson, attended the 23rd International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2014) held in Lisbon Portugal.

Professor Kelly Chibale took part in a panel discussion at the 20th Anniversary Event of the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE) on 25 September in Basel, Switzerland. Held at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH), the discussion was entitled ‘Improving the impact of the best science for the most neglected diseases’.

August

PhD Student Nicholas Njuguna and Research Officer Dr Yassir Younis Adam attended the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (A CS) from 10-14 August in San Francisco, USA.

PhD Student Razia Moorad attended Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), EMBO – Excellence in life sciences (FEBS EMBO) conference in Paris at the end of August.

Delegates at the 2nd H3-D Symposium held 27-29 Aug 2014 at the Zambezi Sun

A successful 2nd H3-D Symposium was held at the Zambezi Sun at Victoria Falls from 27-29 August, hosted by Prof Kelly Chibale.  He and a number of H3-D staff and students from the research group (Head of Med Chem Dr Les Street; Business Development Manager Mr Dries Oelofse; Research Officers Dr Tanya Paquet, Dr Renier van der Westhuyzen and Dr Richard Gessner; Admin Officer Elaine Rutherfoord Jones; Post Doc Dr Colin Wilson and PhD Students Elizabeth Kigondu, Mathew Njoroge, Charles Omollo, Natasha Strydom and Antonina Wasuna). For more details see 2014 H3-D Symposium

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PhD student Natasha Strydom bravely viewing Victoria Falls from a microlight on a rest afternoon during  the 2014 H3-D Symposium

July
Kelly Chibale presented two invited lectures at the 17th World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (WCP2014), 13-16 July 2014, Cape Town, South Africa:

* ‘Pre-clinical strategies and approaches addressing diseases of Africa’ under PharfA Symposium 2: “Strategies or Medicines Development in Constraint Economies”
* ‘Antimalarial Drug Discovery and Development in Africa’ under session “Recent breakthroughs in malaria treatment”

Dr Street attended meeting of Tuberculosis Drug Accelerator (TBDA) in New Jersey USA

June

Graduation of PhD students under Kelly’s supervision included:
Peggoty Mutai (Co-supervisor Prof Grace Thoithi and Prof Abiy Yenesew, Univ of Nairobi)
Dennis Ongarora (Co-supervisor Collen Masimirembwa, AiBST, Zimbabwe)

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