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Press Releases (2013-2014)

2013:

January 3:

ForVm Mediterranneo, the first European Platform of the International Institute of Medicine and Science has opened in San Remo, Italy by our International Director Dr. Gerard Sabbah, DDS and his team. Further news will be provided in Press Releases to be issued at later times.
 

February 12:


The International Institute of Medicine and Science, Inc., received the following message from LinkedIn: "Congratulations! You have one of the top 5% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012". LinkedIn now has 200 million members.

February 14:
Dr. Alain L. Fymat, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, PhD was appointed a Member of the Technical Committee of the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI), Learning and Innovation Network for Knowledge and Solutions (LINK).

March 15:
Dr. Alain L. Fymat, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, PhD was appointed a Member of the Coachella valley Economic Partnership (CVEP). 


April 25-28:
 
(see also the February 17, 2012 Press Release and the tab "Conferences - Symposia above)


Dr. Alain L. Fymat, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, PhD attended and participated in the Inaugural  Meeting and First International Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa (SASA) that was also sponsored by the International Institute of Medicine and Science, Inc. He made two invited presentations: 
  • "Creating Biomedical Ventures" and
  • "A New Paradigm for Health Care and Medicine".
Dr. Fymat was also voted Member of the Interim Executive Council, Director of its Scientific Directorate, and was confirmed in his role as Chairman of its Scientific Committee. He moderated the following Sessions:

  • "Vision of Science Advancement in Africa" and
  • "Surgery in Africa"
and co-chaired the Introductory Business meeting and also held private meetings with several physicians and scientists from various African countries, Europe and Canada. 

  • The report of that scientific meeting follows:
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Scientific Report of the

Inaugural Meeting & First International Conference of the

SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE IN AFRICA (SASA)

Polokwane, Limpopo Province, South Africa, April 25-28, 2013


All the Abstracts submitted for possible presentation were reviewed for scientific merit prior to acceptance. Of these, 75 were retained including scientific papers, posters, and workshops. Such a huge response was a testimony to the need for an Africa-wide organization like SASA and an expression of the lively state of science across that continent. It was also gratifying for the organizers and a validation of their hopes and aspirations for Africa.


The Welcoming Introductions were moderated by Prof. Philip E. Venter with addresses by Prof. N. M. Mokgalong (Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus, Limpopo, South Africa) and Ms Anneline Morgan (Director of the African Multilateral Cooperation program, Department of Sciences and Technology, South Africa). Ms Morgan addressed the important subject of fostering science and technology partnerships in Africa.


The Scientific Program included three Plenary Sessions, Scientific Sessions distributed among five Scientific Tracks, a Posters Session, two Workshops, and three Panel Discussions. Whereas the several Abstracts have been preliminarily published on the SASA website, unfortunately, for various reasons (political, economic, financial,...) several authors were unable to attend. Thus, the Final Program distinguished among those actually presented and the others. It will shortly be posted on SASA's website. More details could there be found on the entire event.


Plenary Sessions included the following:


Vision of Science Advancement in Africa” (Moderator: Prof. Alain L. Fymat),

The State of Science in Africa” (Moderator: Prof. Suad Suleiman), and

Surgery in Africa” (Moderator: Prof. Alain L. Fymat).


These were followed by a Poster Session and two Workshops (Moderator: Dr. Kathrine Theron).


The Scientific Sessions spanned the following science spectrum:

African Indigenous “Green” Medicine” (Moderator: Dr. Okifuri),

Social Sciences Research” (Moderator: Prof. Colin L. Soskolne),

Biomedical Research” (Moderator: Dr. Annelize van der Merwe),

Biotechnology Research” (Moderator: Dr. Antonel Olckers), and

The Business of Science & Engineering” (Moderator: Prof. Riana Bornman).


The Panel Discussions covered broad subjects of special interest:

" Science in Africa: What? How? Where? Who? (Moderatpr: Dr. Antonel Olckers)

"International Collaboration on Science in Africa" (Moderator: Prof. Sam Lanfranco), and

"Science in Africa: The Vision, the Challenges, Hurdles & Pitfalls" (Moderator: Prof. Claude Carignan).


The Gala Reception at the close of the meeting coincidentally happened on South Africa's Freedom Day that was duly celebrated. The celebration started with a memorable performance of the South African National Enthem “Nkosi sikelel iAfrica” that was performed brilliantly by soprano Ms Meher Pavri (daughter of SASA member: Dr. Daisy Pavri) .


The Keynote Address was delivered by Prof. Claude Carignan of the University of Cape Town and South Africa, Research Chair in Extragalactic Multi-Wavelength Astronomy for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). The SKA was a huge award in an international competition that has put Africa on a par with the western world in science, at least in radioastronomy. It also forms a substantial component of South Africa's science research budget.


Lastly, two business meetings were held, a closed one at the start of the Conference and an open one at the conclusion of the Conference. The former meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Joachim Kapalanga and Prof. Alain L. Fymat. It addressed SASA's Organization and Management and various items related to the tenor of the Conference. The second meeting was chaired by Dr. Joachim Kapalanga and Prof. Sam Lanfranco. It covered many issues of relevance to the membership including discussions on planning for the future, election of management members and committees, SASA Journal and other publications, publication of the Conference Proceedings, and future annual meetings. It was at this meeting that consensus was achieved to formally inaugurate SASA at the opening of the Gala Reception.


By all accounts (structuring of the SASA organization, diversity of presentations, fields covered, content of the communications, and the ensuing discussions), the Meeting was a resounding success. It was a good launching pad for a fledgling organization. We are all eagerly looking forward to its forthcoming meetings in the years to come.

Presented by: 
Prof. Alain L. Fymat
Member, Interim Executive Council
Director, Scientific Directorate
Chairman, Scientific Committee


June 5-7:
 
Upon invitation, Dr. Alain L. Fymat, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, PhD attended and participated in the BIT's 4th Annual Congress of Nanomedicine - 2013, which was held in Suzhou (near Shanghai), China (www.bitconference.com/Nanomedicine). He chaired the following Session:

"Track 1: Materials for Nanomedicine"

and presented an invited article titled:

" Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Angiography with Contrast Enhancing Nanomaterials".


 

Scientific Report of the

BIT's 4th Annual World Congress of Nanomedicine - 2013

Suzhou, China, June 5-7, 2013

The Opening Ceremony was Keynote Forum was introduced by the Vice Mayor of the City of Suzhou. The Keynote Forum was moderated by Prof. Keq. 
Prof. Dr. Michel Meunier, of the Universite de Montreal and its Polytechnic School, Montreal, Canada. His presentation was titled" Plasmonics Enhanced Pulsed-Laser Cell Nanosurgery: Fundamentals and Applications";
Academician and Prof. Baixin Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, who presented "Atomistic Theory for Designing Favored Composition to Produce Binary Metal;lic Glasses";
Dr. Chang-Hyun Kim, Samsung Electronics, Co., South Korea, who presented: "Smart and Green Technologies";
Associate Dean and Prof. Dr. William C. Tang, University of California at Irvine, who presented: "The Studies and Applications of Mechanical Properties of Living Cells"; and
Prof. Dr. Mengsu Yang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, who presented: "Development of Malfunctional Nanoparticles Targeting Cancer Stem Cells".

The Scientific Program included five Sessions as follows:


Session 1(Part A): Materials for Nanomedicine 
Chair: Dr. Bingqing (B.Q.) Wei, University of Delaware, USA
Co-Chair: Dr. Johann Faccelo Osma Cruz, University of Los Andes, Columbia.
Contributing papers included:
"The Synthesis of Carbon Nanotube Macrostructures"
"Simultaneous Determination of Several Tumor Markers in Serum by Multiple Nanolabels"
"The Biosensor and Nanostructures in Microsystems for Bio-Applications"
"Construction of Functional Nanoparticles Based on Bio-Inspired Adhesive Interaction of Dopamine  Derivatives"
"Functionalized Silica Nanomaterials for Drug Delivery"
"Anti-Cancer Therapy Based on Intelligent Nanocarriers' Engineering"
"Printing-Assisted fabrication of ZnO Nanowires Sensors".


Session 1(Part B): Materials for Nanomedicine 
Chair: Prof. Dr. Alain L. Fymat, International Institute of Medicine and Science, California, USA
Co-Chair: Dr. Kirk J. Ziegler, University of Florida, USA
Contributing papers included:
"Resonance Imaging and Angiography with Contrast-Enhancing Nanomaterials"
"Age of Graphene; The Role of Graphene in Nanomedicine"
"The Fabrication of TiO2-Based Electrospun Nanofibers for Photodegradation of Biomedical Pollutants"
"Pulsed Electromagnetic Wave May Propagate Within the Membrane of an on as a Trigger for Ion Channels"
"Magnetic Nanoparticles for Biotechnology and Biomedical Applications Elaborated by a Top-Down  Approach"
"Two Nanotechnologies: Nano Capsule for Gene Therapy Vaccination & Magnetic Nano Beads for Purifying Protein Complex".


Session 2: Nanobiotechnology on the Analysis and Treatment of Human Diseases
Chair: Prof. Dr. Jeanann Boyce, Montgomery College, USA
Contributing papers included:
"Biomechanical Innovations in Nanotechnology and Neurotechnology: The Impact of Computer Technology  on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine"
"Cellular Uptake Mechanism and Intracellular Fate of Hydrophobically- Modified Pullulan Nanoparticles"
"Nanotopography for Analysis of Cell Behaviors"
"A Review of Some Integrated Nanophotonic Technologies for Organic, Biomedical and Environmental  Sensing Applications"


Session 3: New Perspectives of Nanotechnologies in Analysis and Medical Diagnostics
Chair: Prof. Dr. Randolph D. Glickman, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Texas, USA
Co-Chair: Dr. Jichang Wang, University of Windsor, Canada
Contributing Papers included:
"Detection of cellular Oxidative Stress by Reactive Oxygen Species-Induced Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles"
"Nanomaterials and Biosensors for Improved Medical Nanodiagnostic of Infections Caused by Pathogen  Microorganisms"
"Fabrication of Novel Electromechanical Plaforms for Applications in Biochemical Sensing"
"Design of DNA Nanoprobes-Based on Graphene Oxide for Biosensing"
"Integrated Optical Modality with Ultrasound for Biomedical Imaging Application".
"High-Wavelength Resolution Multi-Probes Detection System: Towards the Rapid Pathological Diagnosis"
"Plasmonic Ag-Nanodumbells: SERS Active Nanotages for Biosensing and Bioimaging"
"FluiFM: A Micromanipulator with Force Control for Single Cell Adhesion or Injection Experiments"
"The Effect of TGF-beta1 and BMP-7 Muscle-Derived Mesenchymal Progenitors/ Stem Cells of Superficial  Zone Protein (SZP)"

Session 4: Nano Drug Delivery Technology and Disease Treatment 
Chair: Distinguished Prof. Dr. Fu-pen Chiang, Stony Brook University, New York, USA
Co-Chair: Dr. Tian Tang, University of Alberta, Canada
Contributed Papers included:
"Effects of TrkB Antibody Functionalized Silica Nanoparticles on the Survival of Spiral Ganglion Neurons"
"Synthesis of Protein Encapsulated Nanoparticles"
"Regional Myocardium Health Determined by Nano/Micro Digital Speckle Photography"
"DNA Aggregation by Native and Lipid-Modified Polyethylenimine: Perspectives from Molecular Dynamics Simulations"
"AEYLR-Conjuncted Nanostructured Lipid Carriers Targeting to EFGR Overexpressing Tumor In Vitro and  In Vivo"
"The Design and Synthesis of Inhibitor Peptide for ADAMS and its Therapeutic Effect in Attenuating  Ovalbumin-Induced Murine Asthma"
"Nanotechnology in Liver Cancer"
"Immunotoxicological Hazard of Nano-Carriers, Nano-Medicines: In Vitro and In Vivo Testing, Ways of  Possible Prediction, Prevention"
"Strategies for Drug Delivery to the Human Inner Ear by Multifunctional Nanoparticles"

Session 5: Novel Nanomaterials and their Biomedical Applications and Toxicity and Environmental Impact 
Chair: Dr. Hong Zhang, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Co-Chair: Prof. DR. Jwo Huei Jou, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Contributed Papers included:
"OLED-Based Pseudo Candle Light: A Human-Friendly, Energy-Saving Lighting Source for Night"
"Aspects Relevant for Toxicological Evaluation and Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials - Overview"
"IR-Activated Upconversion Nanoplatform for Diagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer"
"Real-Time Observation of Electronic Structures and Molecular Orientations for Organic Thin Films at  Nanometer Spatial Resolution"
"Near-Infrared Laser Light -Triggered Nanoparticles for Cancer Therapy"
"Nanoparticle Investigations: Experimental Instrumentation Still a Challenge?"
"Immuno-Isolation of Pancreatic Islet Allografts Using Pegylated Nanotherapy Leads to Long-Term  Normoglycemia in Full MHC Mismatch Recipient Mice"
"Studying Nanomaterial-Cell Interaction: The Present and the Future"


June 5-7:
 
Upon invitation, Dr. Alain L. Fymat, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, PhD attended the "Overseas High-Tech Talent and Project Matchmaking in Advanced Materials and Nanomedicine, Suzhou". The delegation included 62 scientists selected from across the world.
The visit was hosted by Mr. Zou Xiaowei, Deputy Director General of the Suzhou Industrial Park Organization & Personnel Bureau. The Keynote Speech of Suzhou was given by Mr. Ye Feng, Deputy Director General of the Suzhou Municipal Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security. WE then visited the Biotechnology Company and the Institute of NanoTechnology.
Committed to creating a pro-business and efficient service environment, Suzhou has established the "one-stop" service platform at "Gusu Talent Program Service Center". It has established regulations concerning the material benefits of the experts, and put into place the "Seagull Project" concerning the flexible introduction of overseas high-level personnel. In 2009, Suzhou launched the first Suzhou Venture Week for international Elites, the theme of which was "putting together global wisdom, and building a paradise for enterprises". It has developed a distinctive local platform for exchanges and discussions among industries and professions. By the end of 2012, Suzhou had witnessed the establishment of a total of 5776 projects from the four venture weeks. 
Organized by the Suzhou local government since 2011 and in accordance with the domestic elite recruiting platform, the "Venture Week for International Elites in Suzhou", "To Win in Suzhou" is a serial international elite entrepreneurship competition aiming at providing an "express" for the overseas elite to enterprise in Suzhou. This competition is held globally and in developed countries and regions, and has successfully created a new brand of overseas talents working in Suzhou. Up to now, this overseas entrepreneurship competition has been held successfully seven times in America, Australia and Germany, attracting a total of 1436 projects of which 1020 were recommended  with more than 7,000 overseas high-level talents participating in the live final competition.


June 14:


Upon invitation, Dr. Alain L. Fymat, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, PhD attended the "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong" Symposium in Los Angeles, California. The Symposium was organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HK TDC), The Innovation and Technology Commission (HK ITC), and the ong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HK STPC). The purpose was to catalyze he establishment of American businesses and organizations in Asia through Hong Kong as the main hub. The presentations were held earlier in New York City.  The key message was that Hong Kong's R & D capability, efficient professional services, and business friendly environment can help to facilitate USA's technology companies to develop and commercialize their technology products for the China and Asia markets.
The target audience was U.S. companies looking for R & D collaboration with Hong Kong technology companies or planning to set up regional R & D operations in the Asia Pacific Region.
The main purpose for accepting the invitation to attend was to explore the possibility to set up a third international platform of the Institute (the other two being the ASEAN and the Southern European ones). 

The Symposium began with an Opening Session to which participated:
Mr. Jack So, GBS, OBE, JP, Chairman, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Mr. Gregory So Kam-Leung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development. Government of  Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Mr. John Chiang, California State Controller
Mr. Michael D. Antonovich, Supervisor, Fifth District, Los Angeles County

The morning program consisted of an Opening Session that was subsequently followed by two General Sessions:
  1. "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong": Given the global economic shift from East to West and the rise of Asia's emerging markets, Hong Kong is perfectly placed to help U.S. companies sell their goods and services in Asia, particularly the Chinese mainland. Prominet business leaders shared their experience and insight into realizing opportunities in the booming markets of Asia.
The Panel was chaired by:
Mr. Ronnie C. Chan, Chairman, Hang Lung Properties, Inc.
Panelists included:
Ms Marjorie Yang, JP, Chairman, Esquel Group, HK Section Chair, Hong Kong - United States Business Council
Mr. Stephen Bird, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, Citi Banks
Mr. Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International, The Walt Disney Company


2.   "Hong Kong; Your One Stop Services Platform": Internationally renowned companies evealed how they took         advantage of Hong Kong services and the city's international business network to succeed or how they                  helped their U.S. clients succeed. 

The Panel was chaired by:
Mr. Clayton Dube, Executive Director, University of Southern California - China Institute
Panelists included:
Dr. William Fung Kwok Lun, SBS, OBE, JP, Group Chairman, Li & Fung Ltd
Dr. Levin Zhu, President/CEO, China International Capital Corporation, Ltd.

The afternoon program consisted of the following Opening Remarks:

  • "Promotion of Innovation and Technology Development in Hong Kong"  by Mr. Johann CY Wong, Deputy  Commissioner for Innovation an d Technology, Government of The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region;
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  • "Green Tech and Smart City Solutions" by Mr. Nicholas Brooke, BBS, JP, FRICS, FHKIS, RPS, Chairman, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation.
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The Opening remarks were then followed by Case Studies and Panel Discussions:

Panel Chair: Mr. Anthony Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong Science & technology Parks Corporation
Panelists included:
Prof. Ronald Li, Founding Director, Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Consortium, The University of Hong  Kong
Prof. Ka-Ming Ng, Chief Executive officer, Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Ltd (NAMI)
Mr. Philip Leung, Managing partner, Commerce Technology Partners; President Pearl River Delta Chapter,  Asia America Multi-Technology Association

Mr. Henry Yu, CEO and President, Kallc Studios Asia Limited
Mr. David Bloch, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP San Francisco Office (Patent Attorney).

Dr. Fymat had interesting contacts with 
Prof. Ronald Li and Prof. Ka-Ming Ng to be followed by more direct discussions.

October 22: 

Dr. Alain L. Fymat, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, PhD was invited to attend the meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA), American Stroke Association (ASA). It was a gathering of the Recruitment Committee - Community Leadership. The meeting covered in particular the AHA Mission and 2020 Vision, an overview of the Coachella Valley leadership. Subsequent to the meeting, Dr. Fymat was appointed a Member of the Health Advisory Board of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (Coachella Valley Division, Southern California). 

The AHA Impact Goal by 2020 is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20%. The problems faced are that cardiovascular diseases are the N0. 1 killer of Americans, nearly 1 in 3 children and teens in the U.S. is overweight or obese, and less than 1% of Americans are in "ideal" cardiovascular health (as defined by being in the ideal range of the seven health measures of the AHA's "Life's Simple 7".

To accomplish its goal: The AHA reaches the largest voluntary organization in the U.S. fighting heart disease; leads non-governmental agency supporting heart research and stroke research; has funneled more than $3.2 billion in research funding since 1949 and has funded 11 Nobel Prize winners during their careers; Puts research into action (more than 1 million patients are registered with its "Get with the Guidelines - Stroke"; and forms powerful partnerships that result in change with the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the Million Hearts initiative.

The AHA gives time, talent and much needed funds to create a healthier world, free of heart disease and stroke. It renders communities healthier; delivers emotional support to patients and their families; ensures quality health care for all; helsp end heart disease and stroke ion our lifetime; and improves families' health.  

The AHA is also known for its excellence in stewardship of funds entrusted to it.


October 22: 
Dr. Alain L. Fymat, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, PhD was appointed a Member of the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association, Southerrn California (Coachella Valley Division).

2014:



January 30:

Dr. Alain L. Fymat, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, PhD attended the meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA)'s Stroke Committee. The purpose was to launch a stroke awareness campaign utilizing the AHA'a national and divisional (Coachella Valley, Southern California) resources and define a game plan for stroke awareness.

February 18:

Dr. Alain L. Fymat, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, PhD was appointed a Member of the Technical Committee of the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI)'s Learning an d Innovation Network for Knowledge and Solutions (LINK). The GKI/LINK aims to deliver solutions to development challenges in scientific/technical research, education, and/or innovation and entrepreneurship. The role of the technical Committee is to review applications for engagements. LINK(round IV) focuses exclusively on teams addressing challenges in agriculture, food security, water, and climate change in Eastern and Southern Africa. 

May 6-9:

Dr. Alain L. Fymat, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, PhD 
attended the Second International Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa (SASA) held in Kampala, Uganda. He presented two research papers: "A New Paradigm in Medicine and Health Care" and "Contributors to Sickness: Epigenetic Contributors to Several Gene Expressions". He also co-chaired the Session titled: "  ", and attended and participated in the several business meetings of the Society. He was also confirmed by unanimous vote of the General Assembly as the Director of the Research Directorate and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of that Society.  

The following abstracts were presented in the various scientific sessions:
  1. "The Green Ideology: A Society Vision for the Current and Future Generations" by 

    Robinah K. Nanyunja, Ecological Party of Uganda, African Greens Foundation, and Eastern African Greens Foundation

  1. "Methodological Discussion on Indigenous Science Integration in Faculties of Higher Education" by 

    Francis A. Akena, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Canada

  1. "Theorizing African Indigenous Knowledge: Implication for Science Education in Africa" by 

    Njoki Wane, University of Toronto, Canada

  1. "Clinical Development of Blood-stage Malaria Vaccine BK-SE36 in Uganda" by 

    1. Toshihiro Horii, Department of Molecular Protozoology, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University, Japan; 2. Thomas G.

    Egwang,  Med Biotech Laboratories, Kampala, Uganda 
  1. "Worldwide Distribution of Polymorphisms Associated with Delayed Clearance of Malaria Parasites Following Artemisinin-Based Combination Therapy" by 1. Toshihiro Mita, Department of MOlecular and Cellular Parasitology, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan, 2. Miki Sakurai, Department of International Affairs and Tropical medicine, Tokyo Women's Medical University School of Medicine, 3. Shouki Yatsushiro, Masatochi Kataoka, and Toshihiro Horii,  Department of Molecular Protozoology, Research Institute ofor Microbial Diseases, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan

  1. "Uganda's Gendered Land Use System: Do Women's Land Rights Affect Maternal Health?" by 1. Viola Nyakato, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda; 2. Charles B. Rwabukwali, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; 3. Nathalie Holvoet, University of Antwerp, Belgium 

  1. "Is Development Aid Crippling Local Economies? You Can't Compete with Free: A Case Study" by

    Liesbeth Huizink, Sinende, Benin

  1. "Institutionalization of a Competitive Mechanism for Merit-Based Funding of Research for Health Activities in Kenya" by JPR Ochieng-Odero, Consortium for National Health Research 

  1. "Harnessing the Potential of African Plants for Addressing the Health Needs of the Continent" by 

    Ameenah Gourib-Fakhim, Centre for Physiotherapy Research, University of Mauritius, Mauritius 

10. "The Dairy Value Chain Collaboration Colloquium" by Sara E. Farley and Courtney O'Brien, Glabal Knowledge Initiative, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.


11. "Advancement of Science and Women in  Science: Strengthening Partnerships for the Promotion of Women in Science" by Christine Dranzoa, Uganda


12. "Contributors to Sickness: Epigenetic Regulators of Many Gene Expressions" by Alain L. Fymat, International 

Institute of Medicine and Science, California, U.S.A.

13. "A New Paradigm in Medicine and Health Care" by Alain L. Fymat, International Institute of Medicine and Science, California, U.S.A.

14. "A Handbook of African Traditional Healing Approaches and Research Practices" by 1. Emilio Ovuga, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Makerere University, Uganda; 2. Francis Akena Adyanga, Ontario Institute for Studies in Eduation, Toronto, Canada; and (3) Njoki Wane, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada


15. "Renewable Energy For Sustainable Development in Sub-Sahara Africa" by Thomas Otiti, Physics Department, Makerere University, Uganda

16. "Research Culture and Capacity Building at Gulu University: The Foundations of Social Development in Africa" by Mshilla Maghanga, Gulu University, Uganda; 2. Tabo Geoffrey, Gulu University, Uganda; and 3. Emilio Ovuga, Depatment of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Makerere University, Uganda


17. "Mordanting Methods for Dyeing Cotton Fabrics with Dye from
Albizia Coriara Plant Species" by L. Janani and L. Hillary, Department of Textile and Ginning Engineering, Busitema University, Uganda 



18. "Valorization of Vegetable Biomass for Fiber and Engineering Composites" by 1. S. Rwawiire, Department of Textile & Ginning Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Busitema University, Uganda; 2. B. Tomkova, Department of Materials Engineering, Faculty of Textile Engineering, Technical University of Liberec, Uganda

19. "A Case Study of Service Delivery in the Health Sector in Uganda" by Vanessa Nampewo (student), Department of Economics, Makerere University, Uganda(student)

20. "Use of Herbal Medicines Among Pregnant Women Attending Antenatal Clinic at Kiryandongo Hospital" by Kyegombe Willy, Mutesi Ramulah, Bakulumpagi Deogratitus, Walufu Ivan Egesa, Maweje Saul, and Openy Abraham (students; supervisors: Dr,]. Mshilla Mahganga and Dr. Ocaya Anthony), Gulu University, Uganda 


21. "Advancing Psychosocial Frontiers in EMPTCT Treatment: The Role of Self-Efficacy in Male Involvement" by M.D.C. Komakech, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada 


22. "Science Culture is Key to Uganda’s Development: Development in the Upcoming Generation" by Joseph L. Mpagi, Faculty of Health Sciences, Busitema University and Strengthening the Education Systems in Africa (STESca)


23. "
Practical Innovation for Economic Development: A Case Study of Pilot International Community Training Centre" by Sandra Nabayinda, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

24. "Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Development" by Henry Clarke Kisembo, Development Associates Lin k International (DALI)


25. Participative Leadership in Education And Social Empowerment (PLEASE)" by Balakrishna Shetty, Sri Siddhartha University, Tumkur, India  and Knowledge Commission, Karnataka, India 


October 18-22: 

Dr. Alain L. Fymat, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, PhD attended the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Human genetics (ASHG) in San Diego, California. Of particular note to the current interest in human genetics of the International Institute of Medicine and Science (IIMAS) were the following presentations:
  • ASHG Interactive Workshop: "Epigenomic of Genetic Variants using the Washington University Epigenomic Browser";
  • BGI Exhibitor Education Event: "Advances in Next Gene Sequencing Target Enrichment; and
  • "Epigenomics of Normal Populations and Disease States". 
October: 
Dr. Alain L. Fymat, BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, PhD was appointed as Board Member and Vice Chairman of the Board of  the SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE IN AFRICA (SASA)
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