Motto: 'Science For Research and Integrated Development'

Africa Centre of Excellence - Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases
and Forensic Biotechnology (ACE-CNTDFB)

Brief History

The African Centre of Excellence on Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biotechnology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria is one of the fifteen Centres of excellence recently approved (2013) for World Bank funding under the auspices of the Association of African Universities. The Centre which is anchored in the Centre for Biotechnology Research and Training (for the research and capacity training) and the Department of Biochemistry of the University (for the award of the degrees and certificates), has five other departments in the University involved - Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Parasitology and Entomology, and Veterinary Public Health & Preventive Medicine.

The Centre of Excellence runs three postgraduate degree programmes, namely Postgraduate diploma in Forensic Biotechnology, and MSc. and PhD degrees in Biotechnology. A full complement of senior academics drawn from the host and collaborating institutions, are available for quality teaching and supervision to ensure graduates of international standards.
The Centre of excellence provides opportunities for research students to carry out internship or laboratory works in some of the collaborating institutions.

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Collaborating Institutions

The Centre has established collaborations with the following institutions in the region and outside Africa:
• Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis and Onchocerciasis Research (NITOR), Kaduna, Nigeria – provide infrastructural facilities for screening for trypanosomal infections in humans, animals and tsetse flies, maintenance of trypanosomal strain collections and tsetse fly colonies
• Nigerian Medical Research Institute (Nigeria), Lagos, Nigeria - screening of human samples for filarial infections and capacity building
• University of Ngaundaure, Cameroon – involve in samples collection from human, animals and tsetse flies in Cameroon and capacity building
• Institute for Agricultural Research for Development Cameroon- collection of samples from Cameroon and neighbouring central African countries of filarial and their vector samples
• University of Western Cape, South Africa - involve in capacity building in the area of Forensic Biotechnology
• University of Bremen, Germany- will provide access to advanced technologies and infrastructure and know-how as well as capacity building.
• Kuvin Medical Centre of Hebrew University- involve in capacity building in the area of Forensic Biotechnology.
• Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Atlanta, USA) - provide expertise in screening for rabies and development of vaccines against these viruses.
• Institute for Tropical medicine, University of Nagasaki, Japan - provide expertise in the area of vaccine design in various NTDs
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Main Campus Ahmadu Bello University
Zaria - Nigeria


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