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The birth of Bioinformatics at College of Medicine started with the training of Molecular Biologist Dr Chisomo Msefula, Dr Arox Kamng’ona, Bioinformatician Dr Benjamin topdatingsitesreview.com Kumwenda and Pharmacogenetists Dr Elizabeth Kampira in the period ranging between 2009 and 2014. These members of staff applied Bioinformatics in part or in its entirety during their PhD training.

After completion of their PhDs and subsequently returning to College of Medicine, they formed a Bioinformatics research group in the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professional. Bioinformatics was identified as research theme at faculty levels at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences research strategy meeting held at Game Haven in Bvumbwe, Thyolo on 23 July 2015. At College wide Research Strategy meeting held at Makokola Retreat from 27 to 28 July 2015 Bioinformatics was further adopted as a research theme at College level and Dr Benjamin Kumwenda was assigned to lead the theme.

Development of Bioinformatics received complete support and backing of the offices of the Principal, Postgraduate Dean, the Dean of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions and the Head of Biomedical Sciences.

Further consultations were done to ensure that the courses are well structured and fitting the international standard where graduates from the programme will compete. The Human Health Hereditary Diseases in Africa (H3Africa) consortium is a group of bioinformatics researchers in various research institutes and universities in Africa. It was consulted through its Bioinformatics network project to review the proposed courses in the curriclum. The curriculum chiefessays.net document was discussed at their annual meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa from 10 to 13 November 2015.

Local stakeholders meeting was also organised on 4 December 2015 to determine external view on the relevance of the programme and also to receive technical aspects of the programme.

The final extraordinary faculty meeting was organised on 12 January 2016 to received approval of the faculty on the curriculum before submitting it to senate.

The finance office was consulted to cost the programme in order to determine its feasibility considering the running costs such as teaching staff and resources.

The curriculum development activities were supported by the Regional Initiative in Science (RISE), H3ABionet (H3Africa Bioinformatics Network) and the MCDC grant through the Postgraduate Deana’s office.

The College of Medicine Research Support Centre accorded support for the campus wide lecturer to sensitive the field to all members of faculty.