New scholarship for Chronic Disease Research in sub-Saharan Africa

Next October sees the start of a new programme of scholarships for African PhD students working in the field of chronic diseases.

The Trust is working with the University's African Partnership for Chronic Disease Research (APCDR) to co-fund a number of full-cost scholarships over the next three years.  The awards are available to applicants from any African country whose planned research is relevant to the work of the unit.

APCDR facilitates collaborative epidemiological and genomic research of chronic diseases across sub-Saharan Africa.  Its work focuses on conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, which are rapidly becoming leading causes of death and disability.

The Partnership currently includes 14 sub-Saharan African research groups spanning 10 countries together with partner organisations in the UK and US. The large data sets generated by these joinr studies will help to reveal the geographic, epidemiological and genomic factors at work behind the increase in chronic diseases, and will provide substantive guidance for health promotion and treatment strategies.