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Director General News

From the Director-General

This month, Lawrence Banks, writes from Cape Town, South Africa, where, following the session of the Council of Scientific Advisers, a team set out on a tour of Universities in Limpopo, Venda, and Walter Sisulu (Eastern Cape).

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From the Director-General

This month Lawrence Banks writes from HQ Trieste, following the G20 Research and visits by the Ministers of Science of BrazilSouth Africa, and the President of TUBITAK, Turkey. He remarks on the successfully trialled novel diagnostic for COVID-19 tailored to low-resource settings and the Organisation’s expanding core programmes.

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From the Director-General

What an incredibly exciting time! Who would have thought that in under a year a whole range of vaccines against a new infectious agent would be rolled out across the world? This perfectly exemplifies the critical role that science plays in responding to the different challenges the world faces.

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From the Director-General

As 2020 drew to a close, the amazing job by all of our colleagues in this incredibly challenging year was striking. ICGEB had continued to be active both scientifically and institutionally – acting as a beacon for Member States throughout this period.

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Dr. Samson Musonerimana, ICGEB Bacteriology lab, obtained his PhD at ICGEB Trieste, through the SISSA, on 4 June 2020 - first ICGEB Alumnus from Burundi, first PhD via videoconference. That's a lot of Firsts!

Lawrence Banks – Twelve months into his mandate

On the first anniversary of taking over as Director-General, Lawrence Banks take a moment to thank all for the amazing support and dedication shown during the last twelve months. “Despite the pandemic, there has been a major increase in the levels of communication and collaboration across our Organisation and our Member States.”

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Coronavirus lab research: finding a cure - corona virus blue model of COVID-19

ICGEB Activities in the Covid19 Crisis

Last December, no one thought that Covid19 would be a major global crisis. By late January however, the picture was beginning to change and ICGEB scientists had the foresight to recognise the danger looming and began to prepare for research on coronaviruses. Whilst research labs all over the world are in lockdown, ICGEB research activities related to Covid19 remain active.

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Massimiliano Fedriga and Lawrence Banks

Lawrence Banks from ICGEB Headquarters, Italy

The ICGEB is an integral part of the Italy and Trieste System. It is grateful for the support provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which spans over 30 years and for establishing a major international Organisation in the sphere of research and biotechnology with a global reach. The ICGEB is a perfect example of Scientific Diplomacy, reflecting the effective interaction between Government and Science.

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