AAS Open Research

Nurturing and supporting the next generation

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) have always been a part of Professor Francisca Mutapi’s life, even from a young age growing up in Zimbabwe, where NTDs are prevalent. Now, an AAS Fellow in Biosciences, Co-Director Global Health Academy, Deputy Director Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa (TIBA), she is shaping national and global policies around them. In this blog, she talks about her global family, the one she found being part of the AAS fellowship, and all the nurture and support that family provides in helping build a science career.


Transforming cooking in households to improve air quality

Kanyiva Muindi, is an Associate Research Scientist and a FLAIR Research Fellow at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). She won her FLAIR grant through her drive to make a difference to the lives of women in her county and eventually across the African continent. In this blog, she tells us about her FLAIR Fellowship work, where she rolled out an ethanol cookstove intervention in a rural community in Kenya to reduce household air pollution.


Small but mighty – using nanomaterials to provide communities with clean drinking water

Tiny technology with life-changing potential for communities. Nanotechnology researcher, Anita Etale, Global Climate Change Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, is a FLAIR (Future Leaders – African Independent Research) funded recipient. She used her FLAIR funding to research the use of nanomaterials to produce clean water from the contaminated supply produced from mine draining. Here’s her research journey from material investigation to community engagement.


To review or not to review?

The peer review model at AAS Open Research involves formally invited peer review after publication, which is fully open and transparent, and led by the article authors. In this blog, Jeniffer Jeyakumar, Senior Editorial Assistant at F1000Research, helps you decide whether you should accept that review request.


DELTAS Africa – entering a new phase of health research funding

The first phase of the DELTAS Africa programme is near completion, so sights are now set on the second phase. In this Q&A with Alphonsus Neba, and Susan Gichoga, The AAS, we find out why the DELTAS Africa programme was established, how it works, and what this second phase hopes to achieve.


To share or not share your data? Balancing the shift to openly share your data while considering the ethical and practical issues

There is an ethical imperative for researchers to share data, but it must be done in a way that satisfies legal, ethical and social requirements. In South Africa, there is growing concern about the governance of data sharing. Ciara Staunton, identifies and discusses the challenges and opportunities of sharing health research data.


Speed Breeding to Fast-track Crop Improvement in Africa

Accelerating crop growth could help improve concerns over global food security. Researchers have created a new tool that could improve the growth rate of crops, shortening the crop generation time and accelerating breeding. Dr Oluwaseyi discusses this new approach, called ‘Speed Breeding’, and explains how this could benefit a growing population.


Working together to solve problems shared by Africa and India

Researcher, Eric Ogola, applied for the Africa India Mobility Fund (AIMF). He shares what he learnt during his month in India working with Dr Yogesh Shouche, the director of the National Centre for Microbial Resources. He hopes that the collaborations and relationships formed will open up opportunities for future mutual research and better understanding of the problems shared by India and Africa. Here’s Eric’s story.