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KEMRI Biotechnology News


Volume 2, June 2013


A Word from the
Chair
of the Biotechnology Research Programme

Committee


Welcome to this

second

issue of the
KEMRI
Biotech
nology Research Programme

News
letter
.
In
this issue, we
highlight some of the activities that the programme has engaged in
lately
an
d draw
attention to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), an area of growing interest among scientist
s

and non
-
scientist
s

alike.

Karibu
n
i
!


























KEMRI joins
t
he Open Forum for

Agricultural

Biotechnology, OFAB
-

Kenya Chapter

In Janu
ary 2013, KEMRI became a corporate
member of The Open Forum for Agricultural
Biotechnology, OFAB
-

Kenya Chapter.
OFAB is a platform that provides an
opportunity for biotechnology stakeholders to
network and share knowledge and
experiences on biotechnolog
y

so as to
facilitate informed decision making
. The
Kenya Chapter of this international forum
meets every last Thursday of the month

in
Nairobi for 2 hours over lunch time
. A
typical meeting consists of a speaker and
discussion on various issues of inter
est in
Biotechnology. Several me
mbers of staff
from the Biotech
nology Programme and the
Public Health and Health Systems and Non
-
communicable diseases have had an
opportunity to participate in these

very
interesting and stimulating meeting
s
.

For more info
rmation on OFAB, please visit
http://www.ofabafrica.org


KEMRI Biotechnology News


A publication of the Kenya Medical Research Institute
-
KEMRI

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_

Volume 2,
June 2013


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In this Issue:




KEMRI joins the Open Forum for
Agricultural Biotechnology, OFAB
-

Kenya
Chapter




Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
continue to attract interest




20 questions on Geneticall
y Modified (GM)
foods




Director’s Biotechnology and Innovations
Award


2014




Focus on Biotechnology and Innovation
initiatives:

International
Centre for Genetic Engineering
and Biotechnology, ICGEB



Editor in Chief: Dr. Luna Kamau

Editorial Committee
: Dr. Gerald Mkoji, Dr. James H. Kimotho, Dr.

Christine Wasunna, Dr. Eric

Lel
o

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KEMRI Biotechnology News


Volume 2, June 2013


Genetically Modified Organisms
(GMOs) continue to attract interest


A

half
-
day seminar on Biotechnology and
Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms
(GMOs)
w
as held
at the Nairobi Safari Club
(Lilian Towers), Nairobi on
June 13, 2013

with the aim of creating
awareness
and
stimulating discussion on this “hot” topic that
has continued to attract interest among
scientists, politicians and the general public
alike
.
This seminar was organized by t
he
Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology,
OFAB (Kenya Chapter) together
with the
International Service for the Acquisition of
Agri
-
Biotech Applications (ISAAA) and
Programme for Biosafety Systems (
PBS
)
.
The speakers w
ere Dr. Patrick Rud
elsheim
and Prof. Edward Nguu.


Dr. Patrick Rudelsheim is a distinguished and
experienced international expert in the field of
biotechnology and biosafety who also lectures

at the University of Antwerp (Bioethics) and
at the University o
f Ghent (Biosafety) in

Belgium.
In this presentation, he gave a
n
overview of GM crops production and





adoption trends worldwide
and discussed
some of the key concerns associated with the
GM products, especially food crops.


Prof. Edward Nguu lectures

at the

Biochemistry Department, University of
Nairobi. On his part, he presented an
overview of the process of genetic
modification and gave
a
run
-
through of the
factors considered in relation to the safety
assessment
of
GMOs.


A total of 9 KEMRI members

of staff
attended this seminar. The seminar generated
so much interest that there is a proposal to
hold another discussion forum on GMOs at
KEMRI so at to allow wider participation.
Key sentiments among participants were 1.
The need for clear labeling o
f GM products so
as to s
afeguard
consumers’ right of choice
and, 2. The need for post
-
market monitoring
of GM products to check for potential adverse
effects on public health and
on
the
environment
.


The Biotechnology
Research
Programme
will keep you updat
ed on the upcoming
seminar.








































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KEMRI Biotechnology News


Volume 2, June 2013


Director’s Biotechnology and
Innovations Award
-

2014


The Directors Biotechnology and Innovations

A
ward was introduced last year under the
auspices of the KEMRI Annual Scientific and
Health

(KASH) conference and seeks to
recognize outstanding work in Biotechnology
and Innovations with the goal of stimulating
Biotechnological Innovation at the institute.
The Top Prize is a Certificate of Recognition
and a Cash award of KES 10,000 and the
Run
ner
-
up prize is a Certificate of
Recognition and a Cash Award of KES 5,000.


What do you need to do to be considered for
this award? All you need to do is to submit
your abstract to the KASH conference
organizing committee and assign your
abstract to the
Biotechnology and Innovations
subtheme.


The next KASH conference will be held in
February 2014, with the deadline for the
submission of abstract
s

being November/
December 2013, only about 6 months away.
So let’s get cracking, finalize those
experiments a
nd get our abstracts ready!

Focus on Biotechnology and
Innovation initiatives:


International Centre for Genetic
Engineering and Biotechnology, ICGEB


In this issue,
focus is on

the International
Centre for Genetic Engineering and
Biotechnology and opport
unities provided.
ICGEB is an international nonprofit research
organization that provides training and
funding programmes for member states with
the goal of strengthening research capacity in
biotechnology, molecular biology and
innovations. ICGEB has co
mponents in
Trieste, Italy
,
New Delhi, India

and
Cape
Town, South Africa
. A wide range of training
opportunitie
s are provided, including
workshops, short
-

and long
-

term fellowships
and pre
-
doctoral and post
-

doctoral.

Kenya is
a member State of ICGEB, so you can access
the opportunities offer
ed
.


For more information on ICGEB

and the
opportunities provided
, visit

http://www.icgeb.org




The Biotechnology Research Programme:

Harnessing biot
echnological tools for the improvement of human health

www.kemri.org


En
quiries:

Dr. Luna Kamau,
LKamau@kemri.org



Chairperson
,

Biotechnology Research Programme Committee

OR

Dr
.
Eric
Lelo,
ELelo@kemri.org



Secretary
,

Biotechnology Research Programme Committee

P.O. Box 54840 Nairobi
-

00200 Kenya