B3Africa: first 18 months


In its first 18 months, B3Africa has taken two essential steps: the development of a technical solution for biobank research, and the design of a culture sensitive ethical and legal framework to ensure the rights of the sample donors are safeguarded.

B3AfricaB3Africa is coordinated by Erik Bongcam-Rudloff at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. It is carried out in parallel with the H3Africa Initiative and Ciara Staunton from the H3Africa ELSI team recently visited Uppsala to present and discuss a Framework for Best Practice for Genomics and Biobanking Research in Africa. The framework has been developed to both safeguard African values and promote biobank research, in close collaboration with African stakeholders and the B3Africa ELSI expert Jane Reichel.

H3AfricaThe B3Africa ELSI team is coordinated by Jane Reichel and Santa Slokenberga. They now move on to examine issues related to biobank research on animal samples, and to develop tools to ensure the exchange of samples and data between Europe and Africa.

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