The operational environment
All three nodes are actively involved in the sharing of knowledge amongst researchers within the CBTBR through lab meetings held at least weekly. Journal Club meetings, held weekly at the three sites, also provide an opportunity to share broader-based scientific issues and ideas within the field of biological sciences within and beyond CoE hosting institutions. Team members, staff and students also attend numerous local and international conferences, often as invited speakers, where they shared their work with the international community. Regular meetings with the relevant health authorities, such as the Western and Eastern Cape Departments of Health, to share findings.
Knowledge translation to stakeholder groups
CBTBR members were involved in numerous public awareness activities countrywide in 2016:
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- Prof. Mizrahi was interviewed by the Treatment Action Group (TAG, New York) on the state of global TB R&D investment, TAG Report 2016, and was quoted in this report.
- Dr. Joanna Evans assisted with facilitating the Biology Workshops conducted by the Eh! Woza public engagement programme, with the aim of educating learners aged 15 – 17 from Khayelitsha, Cape Town, about the intricacies of biomedical TB research, specifically TB drug discovery.
- Prof. Warner participated in a series of workshops in 2016 that were aimed at equipping Postdoctoral Fellows at UCT with the skills necessary to supervise postgraduate students.
- Prof. Warner and several members of the UCT node contributed to a series of interactive workshops organized by CBTBR alumnus, Dr. Anastasia Koch, and aimed at exposing learners from Ikamva Youth to current research programmes at UCT around HIV and TB through lectures, tutorials, and practicals.
- Members of the Wits node participated in the University open and exhibition days. They created and manned an exhibit to profile the work done at the CBTBR.
- In March 2016, Prof. Kana served as a judge for the 2015 (to be awarded in 2016) edition of the Discovery Health Journalism Awards. He reviewed health related journalism in different categories, including television, radio, print media and trade publications. He provided feedback to journalists regarding reporting style and made recommendations to improve health reporting in these sectors. Prof. Kana was also invited to attend the awards function on the 25th May 2016, where presentations were made to the journalists with winning entries.
- On World TB Day 2016, members of the Wits node participated in the Unmask Stigma Campaign aimed at reducing the stigma associated with TB-HIV. Students won a prize for their photographs posted on social media.
- Dr. Mouton and Prof. Sampson published a piece in an online news website, “The Conversation”, which was followed up by invitations for television and radio interviews (eNews (Dr. Mouton), Cape Talk Radio (Dr. Mouton), UNISA radio (Dr. Mouton and Prof. Sampson).
- SU-IRG Participated “Living the Legend” event, organized by Food for life Cape Town. The group collected funds and cooked food in Philippi to serve approximately 200 people, 23 July 2016.