GINGER was featured in an article by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for its work under the Neuropsychiatric Genetics in African Populations (NeuroGAP) program. A joint effort by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute, NeuroGAP aims to capture wider diversity of genetic data available on psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders through what may be the largest collection effort yet mounted in Africa. Within this program lies GINGER, a two-year research education program to prepare a new generation of neuropsychiatric genetic researchers in Africa who will build on the discoveries of NeuroGAP-Psychosis and other projects, as well as chart new research avenues in their home countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda.
The Global Initiative for Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education in Research (GINGER) welcomed the inaugural cohort of 17 Research Fellows from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda to the Broad Institute in July and August. The two week workshop kicked off with a keynote welcome and lecture by Stanley Center Director, Dr. Steve Hyman, and followed with a number of research skills-based training sessions and lectures by experts in the field of neuropsychiatric genetics and global mental health including Drs. Atalay Alem, Bonga Chiliza, Charles Rotimi, and Pamela Collins.
The GINGER team visited two Stanley Global sites in East Africa: Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The purpose of the trip was to conduct a needs assessment to determine training priorities for each site as GINGER continues to build curriculum for the research education program. GINGER’s Director, Dr. Lori Chibnik, Associate Director, Dr. Bizu Gelaye, and Program Manager, Kristi Post met with Stanley Center collaborating Principal Investigators at each site, as well as university faculty, students, and GINGER Research Fellows. The photo shows Director Lori Chibnik presenting to a group of Makerere University post-graduate students.
Members of the Global Initiative for Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education in Research (GINGER) team visited Stanley Global sites in South and East Africa: Walter Sisulu University campuses in Mthatha & Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In South Africa, the team conducted a needs assessment to determine training priorities for Walter Sisulu University students and faculty. In Addis Ababa, GINGER organized and ran a three-day R Programming course from May 23rd-25th. The course was attended by 25 faculty and PhD students from the departments of Psychiatry, Pharmacology, and Public Health at Addis Ababa University.
The GINGER program was recently profiled as a featured news story on Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s webpage. Read the story here!
The GINGER program hosted a curriculum development workshop on February 2nd and 3rd, 2017. Known as the “Curriculum Jamboree”, the workshop brought together 30 local and international researchers, including Dean Michelle Williams of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard-Chan’s Epidemiology department Chair Dr. Albert Hofman, former Harvard University Provost and current Director of the Stanley Center at the Broad Institute, Dr. Steve Hyman, as well as Principal Investigators from the GINGER collaborating sites in Africa.