Visible results of the first programme
The detailed Proceedings reflect the fact that the clinical trials and capacity development that have been funded by the programme are beginning to bear tangible fruits.
African research leadership is clearly emerging and getting stronger, forging ahead on the way to African ownership and programme sustainability. In the programme, around 70% of the project coordinators are African scientists, many of them young and up-and-coming.
The ethical and regulatory framework continues to develop with improved ethics review, stronger national regulatory authorities, progressively more complete clinical trial registration and networks of excellence in conducting clinical trials.
In his closing remarks, EDCTP Executive Director Professor Charles Mgone said that he had not attended a Forum where presentations had been consistently of such high standard. He particularly enjoyed the many presentations by young, competent and confident African presenters whose presence and skills illustrated the capacity development that is taking place in sub-Saharan Africa. He added that he is looking forward to having many research leaders from Africa at EDCTP in the future.