Thriving research environment important base to transform Mauritius into Knowledge Hub
‘We believe that a vibrant research community and a thriving research environment are an important foundation for the regional Knowledge Hub we want to transform Mauritius into’, said the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun this morning at Hennessy Park Hotel, in Ebène.
The Minister was addressing delegates and reputed scientists participating in the 9th International Conference of the Society for Free Radical Research-Africa (SFRR-Africa) and the 4th International Conference of the Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers (IAMBR).
The theme is Translational Science and Drug discovery- Impact on Health, Wellness, Environment and Economics. It is geared towards innovation in health-related research with a broad range of topics.
The Minister observed that through a strong research culture, the profile of Mauritius as a place to study and as an attraction for higher education institutions of repute will be raised. Work is underway to ensure a sustainable research culture, she pointed out, adding that universities are being encouraged to revisit their research vision and invest in an efficient and cohesive research policy framework.
As regards the conference, Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun, said that it is timely to take stock of the impact of non-communicable, infectious and communicable diseases on the lives of people. ‘The current health status of the African region and the different Island States in the same geographical area clearly demonstrates the necessity for increased emphasis on the imperative of Research’, she stated.
The Minister moreover expressed conviction that the International Conference will serve as a springboard for the further development of high calibre, medical and biotechnological research in Mauritius and Africa.
The three-day conference aims at addressing research endeavours to improve health in Africa and Island States and to foster international development, capacity building and cooperation in scientific education, bio-based and medical research.
Specialised sessions are focusing on free radicals in health, traditional medicine applications, non-communicable diseases, and, parasitic and infectious diseases with emphasis on recent outbreaks and the economics of healthcare systems in Africa and the region amongst others.
Around 110 delegates as well as more than 25 reputed scientists from USA, South Africa, Korea, UK, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Nigeria France and India are attending. It is expected that interactions among participants will be instrumental to promoting research relevant to the health and related sectors, encouraging scientific skills and competency transfer in Africa, and strengthening the international lobbying of governments on African health related issues.
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