Picture: Dr. Kandali Kapie consulting with Pascal Polepole on how to section paraffin embedded tissue samples.
The CRITIC program provides Tanzanian medical students with rigorous training in molecular techniques related to diagnosis of cancers common in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Dr. Angeletti’s laboratory, students are trained to genotype HPVs using a rapid and inexpensive method their lab developed for Low to Middle Income Countries (LMIC). Students in Dr. Angeletti’s laboratory also trains students in how to read pap smears and perform histological analyses to evaluate tumors. Students also training in DNA cloning and analysis techniques.
Dr. Wood’s laboratory teaches students in techniques related to diagnosis of Kaposi’s sarcoma. The Wood lab uses state-of-the art DNA detection and Lana immunohistochemistry to reliably diagnose KS. Students in the Wood lab learn flow cytometry and cytokine measurement techniques to assess the effects of HIV on KSHV dependent pathology. Most importantly, students receive rigorous training in the scientific process and intensive training in scientific writing. Students interested in epidemiology or biostatistics work with Dr. Haynatzki and Dr. Minhas, who are at the University of Nebraska medical center. Students who matriculate through the epidemiology program receive critical training in designing epidemiological studies and in data analysis and interpretation. Together, both the molecular and epidemiological training provided by the CRITIC faculty members will provide the greatest impact on research capacity building at the ORCI in Tanzania.