Zacb National Workshop 2018 final

Dear All,

You are warmly invited to the 16th Zimbabwe Association of Clinical Biochemists and Laboratory Medicine’s National Course on Molecular Diagnostics ‘Hands On’ to be held in collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences and the National Biotechnology Authority of Zimbabwe.

The course will be held on 20th-22nd August 2018 at National Biotechnology Laboratories at 21 Princess Drive in Newlands, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Molecular diagnostics techniques are used to analyse biological markers in the genome and proteome in diagnosis, and monitoring of diseases, decide therapies/drugs that work best for individual patients in predictive, preventative and personalized laboratory medicine and detect risk. Molecular diagnostic tests are mostly used in oncology, infectious diseases such as HIV, drug resistant diseases, neurosciences, cardiology and metabolic disorders. The techniques are used to identify, map and sequence genes in basic biomedical researches, to determine their functions in human and veterinary medicine, GMO foods and large scale pharmaceutical products eg Insulin and HBV vaccine etc. In agriculture, the uses extend to production of herbicide and insect resistant crops. In industry the uses are many e.g. in bio-engineering of for example fuel.

Recent development in molecular diagnostic tests i.e. Point of Care Tests with high specificity and sensitivity is most welcome. Evidence is available that shows these tests now assist in improving turn-around time of results, reduce mortalities and complications of diseases, are effective in screening cancer, HIV and drug resistant infections.

In some instances, molecular diagnostic tests significantly save on medical costs by facilitating treatment interventions thus improving patients outcomes, adherence and compliance, improving prediction of treatment and also improving prognosis in type 2 DM, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, small cell lung cancer, thrombophilia, obesity, haemochromatosis and smoking cessation etc.

Students, postgraduates, various biomedical researchers, clinicians and experts in disciplines of Pathology, biotechnology, human and veterinary medicine would benefit greatly from this practical ‘Hands On’ course. You are indeed most welcome to participate.

This unique experience will enable you to share new knowledge, network meet and make new and renew friendships in an awakening Harare city known to many as the ‘Sunshine City’.

Yours faithfully,

Professor Hilda Marima-Matarira

President ZACB and Laboratory Medicine

Zimbabwe Representative on AFCC and IFCC





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20TH AUGUST 2018                                        Cuthbert Musarurwa


08.00-09.00       Registration OM Gudza Secretariat


09.00-09.15        Welcome Hilda Marima- Matarira & Jonathan Mufandaedza


09.15-09.45        Plenary Lecture Molecular Diagnostics in Nutritional Disorders Lucy Mabaya



09.45-10.00        Welcome and Introduction to the Practicals

Cuthbert Musarurwa


10.00-10.30    Tea Break


10.30-11.00  DNA Extraction and electrophoresis (short lecture)

                     Kudakwashe Mhandire/P Munjoma/T Mudhlulu/D     Chiveto


11.00-13.00 DNA extraction and Preparation of Agarose Gels

                     Kudakwashe Mhandire/P Munjoma/T Mudhlulu/D Chiveto


13.00-14.00    Lunch


14.00-14.30  Polymerase chain reaction lecture (short lecture)

  Kudakwashe Mhandire/P Munjoma/T Mudhlulu/D Chiveto


14.30-1630   PCR practical

                    Kudakwashe Mhandire/P Munjoma/T Mudhlulu/D Chiveto


21st AUGUST 2018                                                      Witmore Mujaji


09.00-09.30 Plenary Lecture Emerging Markers in Cardiovascular   


                   Alfred Gomo


09.30-10.30 Restriction fragment length polymorphism [RFLP] (lecture

                    and practical)

 Kudakwashe Mhandire/P Munjoma/T Mudhlulu/D Chiveto



10.30-11.30 Tea Break


10.30-11.00 GC- Mass Spectrometry Assays in Laboratory Medicine

  Raylton Chikwati


11.00-13.00  RFLP (Gel electrophoresis)


13.00-14.00  Lunch


14.00-16.00  RFLP (Result interpretation)

   Kudakwashe Mhandire/P Munjoma/T Mudhlulu/D Chiveto.


22nd AUGUST 2018                                Terence Nyamayaro


09.00-09.30 Plenary Lecture

  Recent Advances in Molecular Diagnostics in Cancer.

  Hilda Matarira


09.30-10.00 Molecular Diagnostics in Infectious Diseases in Early Infant   


 Justin Manase


10.00-1030   National Biotechnology Services In Zimbabwe

                     Jonathan Mufandaedza


10.30-10.45  Tea Break                                              Hilda Matarira


10.45-11.15    Pharmacological and Physiological Effects of Alcohol  

                           And Medico-Legal Aspects in Relation To Driving.

Salvator Mapunda


11.15-11.45 Application of Molecular Diagnotic Techniques/Tools in Animal

                     Disease Diagnostics and Research

  Pious Makaya


11.45-12.45 YS-ZACB-AFCC-IFCC Networking.

   Itai Chitungo


12.45-13.00  Close and lunch

   Witmore Mujaji



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