SANBio Summer School on the Business of Clinical Research

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SANBio Summer School



Update 7 Feb 2018: Participant selection

We received a large amount of applications and would like to thank all applicants for their interest. Participants have now been selected and successful applicants have been contacted.



NEPAD SANBio (Southern Africa Network for Biosciences), supported by the BioFISA II Programme (a Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme to Strengthen NEPAD SANBio), is inviting tertiary level students and young professionals in the biosciences sector to participate in the SANBio Summer School in Pretoria on 25-26 February 2018.

Topics and outline

The Summer School will involve the following topics:
-          Regulatory and ethics issues in clinical research
-          Animal/human models in clinical research: Implications, merits and demerits
-          Clinical study methodologies: statistics, tools and techniques
-          Costs involved in clinical trials
-          Raising funds for clinical research and commercialisation
-          ... and more. The focus will be on pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and cosmetics.

The 2-day programme will include presentations by experts in the field. The outcome is an understanding of the different aspects and processes involved in clinical research.

The course outline may be subject to minor changes.

How to apply

Tertiary level students and young professionals from SANBio member states* are eligible to apply for participation.

SANBio will be able to cover the travel and accommodation costs for a limited amount of participants. The participants will also be invited to attend the SANBio Annual Event 27-28 February 2018.

Participant selection and potential sponsorship (covering travel and accommodation costs) will be determined on the basis of the information submitted in the application.

Summer school applicants should fill in the survey below, including their idea/concept involving clinical research, along with a motivation letter for participation (max. approx. 1 A4); preference will be given to applicants with an already advanced or at least partially developed concept/product.

We may also contact you requesting a more detailed CV.


Call for participation has closed.

Application deadline: 4 February 2018


For enquiries, please contact us at

SANBio reserves the right of final decision in all matters related to participant selection.

* SANBio member states: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Namibia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Madagascar and Zambia


If you are interested in what our SANBio Winter School on IKS last year entailed, have a look at this video.