Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is pleased to announce its call for applications for studies at UCT in 2020. In 2020 85 opportunities (13 Honours and 72 Masters) are available for students who intend to commence their first year of registration for full-time Honours and Masters study.
These awards were open to all Professional, Administrative and Support Staff (PASS) in CIDRI-Africa Principal and Contributing Investigator research groups. Staff may self-nominate, but must be supported by a Principal Investigator (PI), Contributing Investigator (CI) or CIDRI-Africa executive staff member. The proposed activity (conference, course etc.) could encompass personal or organisational development, or educational opportunities within the staff member’s scope of work (and should be completed within a year of receiving the award). R100 000 in total is available for the 2019/20 year; we anticipate offering around 5 awards.
This call for applications closed on 21 June 2019.
Fogarty HATTP are seeking applications to attend a 5-day “Introduction to Biostatistics” course to be held at the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June 2019. The course will be led by Aletta Nonyane (a PhD biostatistician from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and originally from South Africa), Isaac Singini (UCT Department of Statistical Sciences), Olina Ngwenya (CIDRI-Africa), and Tracy Glass (UCT School of Public Health).
The course is intended for those with a clear plan to enter HIV-TB research who have not yet done formal courses in biostatistics. In particular, this course is suited to Health Science students and medical doctors who are motivated to become clinician researchers in the future. The course will consist of both lectures and practical sessions (using Stata and R).
Topics covered will include:
• Data variables and summarizing data
• Foundational statistical concepts (hypothesis testing, p-values, confidence intervals)
• Linear and logistic regression
• Confounding, effect modification and mediation
• Survival analysis and Poisson regression
• Analyzing repeated measures data using mixed effects regression
• Sample size estimation and study design
There is no cost associated with attending, but attendees must commit to attending the full 5 days.