Covenant Applied Informatics and Communication Africa Centre of Excellence (CApIC-ACE) domiciled at Covenant University is one of the centres selected to be funded by the World Bank for 2018 – 2022 ACE-IMPACT which was announced on November 13, 2018 at an elaborate meeting held at the National Universities Commission.
CApIC-ACE was established based on the urgent need to build a critical mass of indigenous African scientists with the necessary bioinformatics, molecular biology, and information and communication engineering knowledge and skills to drive and sustain impactful researches in collaboration with academic, clinical and industrial institutions in Nigeria, West Africa, Africa, Germany, France, US and UK. Our collaborators have a track record of successful research, training and capacity building.
CApIC-ACE is built on the existing infrastructure and personnel as well as externally-funded research projects for malaria and FEDGEN (NIH H3ABioNet, NIH WASLITBRe and German Science Foundation (aka DFG) being run by CUBRe) and cancer (CaPTC) at Covenant University. It hopes to evolve a Federated Genomic (FEDGEN) cloud infrastructure (with in-memory computing and cloud AI capabilities) customized to process and analyze indigenous genomic data to address African health issues including health education, medication efficiency and early disease diagnosis.
To produce a critical mass of qualified manpower that is equipped with knowledge, skills and abilities in Bioinformatics, ICT and Molecular Biology necessary to eradicate malaria, starting with Nigeria and to reduce the burden of breast and prostate cancer starting from the West and Central Africa region.
To be a leading teaching and research center of excellence with state-of-the-art Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure that is dedicated to building indigenous capacity through training in bioinformatics, ICT and molecular biology to reduce the disease burden in Africa.
CApIC-ACE seeks to advance the development of new treatment and contol for malaria, develop new diagnosis and treatment for prostate and breast cancer, and to evolve a Federated Genomic (FEDGEN) cloud infrastructure towards an informatics based genomic research in Africa and the development of personalized medicine.