MYTOX-SOUTH tries to strengthen the human capacity of partners in the South to mentor a new breed of innovators and young researchers. For this reason, MYTOX-SOUTH announces their 2nd call for research traineeships for PhD students for MYTOX-SOUTH partners. The traineeships offer an unique opportunity to use the expertise and (instrumental) facilities from the laboratories (North partners), and to establish a great professional experience.
The traineeship period includes a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 6 months at a Northern partner Institute. The traineeship has to be done in 2019 (starting mid February 2019). Two traineeship grants can be offered in case multiple high-level applications are received, however the period will be shortened (≤ 3 months). On the other hand, if only 1 traineeship grant will selected, the fund will be awarded for a longer training period (> 3 months). When the traineeship is for a 6 months-stay in Ghent, Ghent University offers the opportunity to get a Joint PhD with the home-University. Deadline August 30th 2018!
In the framework of MYTOX-SOUTH, we offer three new PhD-positions for the project MYCO-SAFE SOUTH funded by EU LEAP-AGRI. More information can be found via this link MycoSafe-South PhD scholarships
MYTOX-SOUTH welcomes two highly qualified Southern professionals in mycotoxin research:
– the University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED) (Nigeria) – respresented by Yemisi Jeff-Agboola
– the North West University (South-Africa) – represented by Mwanza Mulunda
When you are interested to join our partnership, feel free to send your CV and motivation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To date, MYTOX-SOUTH is investigating the mycotoxin exposure in Limpopo (South-Africa) in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg, represented by Prof. Patrick Njobeh. As part of this collaboration, Orphélie Lootens, who is a master student at Ghent University, carried out food & biosampling in South-Africa. In the following weeks, she will analyze these samples in the Laboratory of Food Analysis at Ghent University. Orphélie is co-working with a master student from the University of Johannesburg, Shandry Tebele. This approach, in which two master students from different locations work together, is unique and is an example of good practice for future projects in MYTOX-SOUTH.
The results of this study will permit to assess the mycotoxin exposure for the Limpopo population, and evaluate the best strategies to reduce mycotoxin intake in this region of South-Africa.
During the winter, a large amount of young researchers from Southern partners visited our facilities present in Ghent University. The main aim of their stay was to start their PhD-study, to improve the quality of their studies and to get a valuable training on several aspects in relation to mycotoxin research.
Our motivated visitors and students were:
- Dayana Sosa Pacheco & Brizeidi Peña Suarez from Cuba
- Addisalem Mesfin, Kokeb Tesfamariam & Masresha Tessema from Ethiopia
- Victor Kagot from Kenya
- Al Ibrahim Traore from Burkina Faso
- Salma Ouhibi from Tunisia
MYTOX-SOUTH was present at the 10th World Mycotoxin Forum held in Amsterdam (12-14 March 2018). The conference offered excellent opportunities to network, share ideas, and formulate recommendations and conclusions on how to close knowledge gaps on taking mycotoxin control to the next level.
Several members of MYTOX-SOUTH attended the conference, and it was a good occasion to strengthen our professional relationships. Moreover, a poster entitled “MYTOX-SOUTH: an intercontinental partnership to improve food security and food safety in developing countries” was presented at the conference. The poster aimed to share the partnership future goals as well as to detail all our members.
On Thursday 22 February 2018, MYTOX-SOUTH organized a food-safety workshop in Harare (The Rainbow Towers, Zimbabwe). The theme of the workshop was “Mycotoxins: the hidden threat to human health in Zimbabwe”. This workshop was funded by RANDOX Laboratories and the Ghent University Global Minds Fund.
MYTOX-SOUTH had an active participation in this one-day workshop by lectures of Dr. Sarah De Saeger, Dr. Loveness Nyanga & Dr. Marthe De Boevre. Furthermore, Dr. Melody Ndemera disseminated the results of her PhD in Ghent University entitled: “Human dietary exposure to mycotoxins in Zimbabwe and related risk assessment and management”. Invited speakers included Prof. Mashiri, Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe; Mr. Dewah, Principal Director Academic Affairs of the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary education, science and technology development; and Dr. Gadzikwa, Director General of the Standards Association of Zimbabwe. The Honorary Consul of Belgium in Zimbabwe, Mr. Jean Gonçalves supported the event through his presence. UGent representatives and speakers were Prof. Sarah De Saeger and Dr. Marthe De Boevre. In addition, the conference was highly mediatized through the presence of the Zimbabwean press. All Zimbabwean stakeholders (academia, industry, government) involved in agriculture and public health issues gathered at this unique event in Zimbabwe. The major objective was to advocate for a modification of the current legislation on mycotoxins in Zimbabwe, and to develop an appropriate risk management policy anchored on scientific evidence.
We are pleased to announce that the following candidates have been competitively selected for a MYTOX-SOUTH traineeship: Mr. Gbashi Sefater & Mrs. Maria Agustina Pavicich.
The selected candidates are from South-Africa and Argentina.
Both selected and non-selected candidates will be contacted by the MYTOX-SOUTH coordinators in the next days via e-mail with feedback and instructions about the next steps in the process. A considerable number of proposals were received, and the selection process was based on the stated qualification criteria. MYTOX-SOUTH appreciates all the candidates for their interest in the traineeship call. All proposals have been reviewed in a transparent manner, and all of them were reviewed by MYTOX-SOUTH members.
It is with great pleasure to announce the 2nd African Symposium on Mycotoxicology entitled “Mitigating mycotoxin contamination in the African food and feed chain”, hosted by Dr. Bradley Flett and Dr. Sheila Okoth. This event will be organized in Mombasa (Kenya) from 24th to 27th June 2018, and will be held under the auspices of the International Society on Mycotoxicology (ISM, Dr. Rudi Krska & Dr. Antonio Moretti (president & vice-president ISM)).
The 1st African Symposium on Mycotoxicology held in 2015 in Zambia caused the willing to organize this 2nd symposium with the effort to address the threat of mycotoxins to food production systems, health care and trade on the African continent. MYTOX-SOUTH will take actively part in this symposium by organizing a special MYTOX-SOUTH session (evening 25/06/2018). Short-talks on “EU perspective on collaboration with Africa”, “African perspective on collaboration with EU” and “Funding opportunities” will be executed by MYTOX-SOUTH. Moreover, three excellent cases of results dissemination through collaboration between North and South partners will be presented: Zimbabwe, Malawi and Nigeria. MYTOX-SOUTH encourages all mycotoxin researchers to attend the 2nd African Symposium on Mycotoxicology.
See you in Kenya!
On Thursday 22 February 2018, MYTOX-SOUTH organizes a food-safety workshop in Harare (The Rainbow Towers, Zimbabwe). The theme of the workshop is “Mycotoxins: the hidden threat to human health in Zimbabwe”. The event will be organized in three key sessions, namely:
- Occurrence of mycotoxins in food commodities in Zimbabwe.
- Human dietary exposure to mycotoxins in Zimbabwe.
- Mycotoxin mitigation strategies for Zimbabwe.
The program can be consulted here: Programme_Zimbabwe_final. This workshop is funded by RANDOX Laboratories & the Ghent University Global Minds Fund. There is FREE registration!
MYTOX-SOUTH will have an active participation in this one-day workshop by lectures of Dr. Sarah De Saeger, Dr. Loveness Nyanga & Dr. Marthe De Boevre. Most importantly, Dr. Melody Ndemera will disseminate the results of her PhD entitled: “Human dietary exposure to mycotoxins in Zimbabwe and related risk assessment and management”. Her PhD determined a large aflatoxin and fumonisin exposure of Zimbabweans through maize consumption, and identified agronomical practices and measures to mitigate future exposure. The scientific findings of this research are a starting point in advocating for the implementation of relevant legislation with the aim of reducing dietary exposure of Zimbabweans to mycotoxins via locally grown maize and other commodities. Furthermore, different African research groups who are conducting mycotoxin research will also present their findings at the workshop. Furthermore, the organizers expect to stimulate the awareness and action to tackle mycotoxin occurrence and exposure in Zimbabwe. This is intended to realize mycotoxin exposure reduction at national level, through the initiation of national measures for mycotoxin control and informing policy makers. For more information, you can contact Dr. Melody Ndemera.
See you in Zimbabwe!