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International HundredK+ Cohorts Consortium (IHCC)

IHCC Educational Webinar Series

Providing a collaborative platform for IHCC member cohorts to share scientific ideas, success stories, lessons learned, funding opportunities, and more! 

Join Us Each Month!

IHCC is excited to launch a free monthly educational webinar series open to all IHCC member cohorts and others outside of the organization interested in participating. With the ultimate goal to bring cohorts together to enhance information-sharing and collaboration, this online series aims to provide a forum for cohort members to exchange scientific ideas, best practices, and lessons learned; showcase cohorts’ accomplishments, emphasizing LMICs; share international funding opportunities; and more. Each month a different IHCC member will be featured as a guest speaker.  

Upcoming Webinar

Registration for each webinar is required.  

July's Featured Speaker

Kobus Herbst

Kobus Herbst is the Director of the DSI-funded South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN). SAPRIN is hosted by the South African Medical Research Council and funds the population and health surveillance at five nodes (Agincourt, Mpumalanga; DIMAMO Limpopo, AHRI KZN, GRT-INSPIRED Gauteng, and C-SHARP WC.

He is a Faculty member and the Population Science lead at the Africa Health Research Institute and the principal investigator of its Population Intervention Programme (PIP). He is honorary professor at the University of Limpopo.

Kobus’s passion is information and how information management contributes to the scientific process. In particular the establishment of data repositories to curate datasets and promote the secondary use of research study data. To this end Kobus established the INDEPTH data repository in 2013 containing longitudinal demographic and cause-specific mortality data of more than 3 million individuals from 25 demographic surveillance sites in lower and middle-income countries. This work is extended in a collaborative project with researchers at LSHTM to establish a repository of longitudinal population-based HIV sero-surveillance data from 10 sites in Africa (the Alpha network).

Talk Summary

Longitudinal Population Cohorts in Africa, an historical perspective

The talk will review the history of longitudinal population cohorts in Africa in the form of health and demographic surveillance systems, drawing from its roots in community-based primary care in the 1940’s through the early phase of HDSS as remnants of large clinical trials, through its development in the context of INDEPTH to the current state of renewed interest in large population cohorts as evidenced by the establishment of the IHCC, funders interest in an African consortium of population cohorts (APCC), or investment of some countries into networks of HDSS’s as research infrastructure (e.g, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia).

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