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 & communications engineering knowledge and skills to drive and sustain impactful researches in the areas of malaria, prostate and breast cancer as well as cloud & high performance computing as related to personalized medicine, 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, innovation and technology transfer.
CApIC-ACE is built on the existing infrastructure and personnel as well as externally-funded research projects and collaborations for malaria, Federated Genomic (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 FEDGEN cloud infrastructure (with in-memory computing and cloud AI capabilities) customised to process and analyse indigenous genomic data to address African health issues including health education, medication efficiency and early disease diagnosis.
Also, it strives to develop new diagnostic biomarkers for prostate and breast cancers as well as drug candidates for malaria. 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.
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.
The CApIC-ACE Project would develop human capacity through an elaborate education program in M.Sc & Ph.D and virtual and on-site multidisciplinary short-term workshops for students and mid-career scientists across West and Central African countries. The Project is made up of three specialized areas namely, Malaria, Cancer and FEDGEN.
CApIC-ACE will build on our earlier efforts from our various pioneering work in the area of bioinformatics of malaria to to engage qualified students, Faculty and Staff in research that would significantly advance the development of new treatment and control of malaria for the eradication of malaria starting from Nigeria.
CApIC-ACE will engage qualified students, Faculty and Staff in research to augment the University’s existing High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure with new HPCs so as to evolve a Federated Genomic (FEDGEN) cloud infrastructure (with in-memory computing and cloud AI capabilities) towards an informatics based genomic research in Africa and the development of personalized medicine.