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Publication year: 2013
ISBN: 978-84-616-3847-5
ISSN: 2340-1095

Conference name: 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2013
Location: Seville, Spain

DROSOPHILA IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH: AFFORDABLE AND IMPACTING

M. Martín-Bermudo1, I. Palacios2, M. Vicente Crespo3, A. Gonzalez-Reyes1, S. Muñoz Descalzo4, T. Weil5

1CSIC (SPAIN)
2Zoology Departmente, Cambridge (UNITED KINGDOM)
3Institute of Biomedical Research, KIU (UGANDA)
4University of Bath (UNITED KINGDOM)
5University of Oxford (UNITED KINGDOM)
Racing developments in transportation and information technology are transforming our planet into one global community. But this globalization does not benefit everybody equally. For instance, despite the forecast for science in Africa has brightened over the last decade, there are still big gaps to overcome. The problems are systemic and affect most sub-Saharan African nations: poor science education, labs poorly equipped and little practical research training. Thus, pivotal to long term success and stability of science in these societies is to provide them with the presence of local groups of highly trained knowledge workers with a broad outlook. This could be achieved in part by launching workshops, including theoretical as well as practical laboratory sessions, oriented to graduate students and young faculty actively involved in both research and teaching at their home institutions. The fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster represents and ideal model system to train scientists in different areas of medical research such as genetics, cellular and developmental biology. Contrary to the expensive vertebrate models that are more commonly used in these regions (such as rats), the fly allows for inexpensive keeping, quick mass reproduction and effective genetic manipulation. This allows any poorly-resourced environment to achieve high-quality and high-impact experimentation. With this in mind, we have launched a workshop in Uganda, open to researchers in institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, to equip regional scientist with the knowledge and practical skills to be able to use Drosophila as a model system to study human development, physiology and disease. We will discuss our experience with this course, the steps we took for its implementation and an evaluation of its effectiveness. We believe these courses can help to train top students from across the continent, which will help to establish themselves back in their home countries, where they can serve as seeds of excellence.
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author = {Mart{\'{i}}n-Bermudo, M. and Palacios, I. and Vicente Crespo, M. and Gonzalez-Reyes, A. and Mu{\~n}oz Descalzo, S. and Weil, T.},
title = {DROSOPHILA IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH: AFFORDABLE AND IMPACTING},
series = {6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2013 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-616-3847-5},
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AU - M. Martín-Bermudo AU - I. Palacios AU - M. Vicente Crespo AU - A. Gonzalez-Reyes AU - S. Muñoz Descalzo AU - T. Weil
TI - DROSOPHILA IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH: AFFORDABLE AND IMPACTING
SN - 978-84-616-3847-5/2340-1095
PY - 2013
Y1 - 18-20 November, 2013
CI - Seville, Spain
JO - 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
JA - ICERI2013 Proceedings
SP - 3019
EP - 3019
ER -
M. Martín-Bermudo, I. Palacios, M. Vicente Crespo, A. Gonzalez-Reyes, S. Muñoz Descalzo, T. Weil (2013) DROSOPHILA IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH: AFFORDABLE AND IMPACTING, ICERI2013 Proceedings, p. 3019.
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