supporting Science in africa
At TReND, we believe in the value of scientific innovation for economic and societal progress. We support biomedical research in Africa by giving African researchers the tools and expertise to advance their own research goals.
Originally founded at Cambridge University, we are a non-profit organisation run primarily by a large network of scientist volunteers at top universities around the world. We are passionate about scientific empowerment and innovation.
The trend team
Prof. Tom Baden FRSB
Founding Director and Trustee
Tom runs the Vision and Visual ecology lab at the University of Sussex, UK. His scientific work has been recognised on multiple occasions, such as the 2016 Eppendorf Prize and the 2019 Nature/Tencents Global Impact Award. At TReND, Tom oversees technical and finanical aspects and is particularly involved in Neuroscience training as well as efforts to push open science across the African continent.
Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino
Founding Director and Trustee
Lucia runs the Neural Circuits and Evolution lab at the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK. Her numerous awards include the FENS-EJN Young Investigator Prize 2018 and the Passion in Science Award 2016. Besides overseeing the smooth running of TReND in general, Lucia is particularly involved in Neuroscience and genome editing training courses as well as wider policy issues.
Prof. Sadiq Yusuf
Founder and Director of African Affairs
Sadiq is the Vice Chancellor of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU), Kampala, Uganda. The former President of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA) and current board member is overseeing key runnings of TReND activities all across the continent. Often interacting at the governmental level, he is particularly involved shaping long-term policy and large-scale projects.
Samyra worked as a project manager for companies in Brazil, Germany and
Dr. Pauline Essah
Pauline is a Senior Manager for Global Health at the National Institute for Health Research. Pauline provides strategic and governance input to the TReND leadership, advises on in scientific teaching, research, training
Dr. Jelena Aleksic
Jelena is an award-winning entrepreneur, passionate about bringing genomics and healthcare innovations to people who need them. She is the Founder and Director of SparkBio Ltd and the Director of Business Development of PharmEnable.
Dr. Mahmoud Maina FRSA
Mahmoud is a Neuroscience Postdoc at Sussex, UK and visiting faculty at Yobe, Nigeria. His work as TReND Outreach Coordinator and founder of Science Communication Hub Nigeria has been
Dr. Ana Silbering
Ana obtained her PhD at the Free University of Berlin in 2007. Since May 2019 she works as project leader at the Medical Education Unit of the School of Medicine at the University of Lausanne. She coordinates de volunteering program since 2014.
Dr. Yunusa M Garba
Community Builder Coordinator
Yunusa obtained his PhD from the University of Konstanz at the Max-Planck Institute, he is also a lecturer at the College of Medical Sciences Gombe State University. As our Community Builder, he is starting a new mentoring program.
Dr. Lukas von Tobel
Lukas obtained his Ph.D. in 2014 at EPFL. He joined the entrepreneur-world in 2017 to lead a small prosthetic startup “SwissProsthetics” where he stayed from 2017-2019.
Marie is a Laboratory Manager for the Neuroscience Department at the Lausanne University Hospital. She is responsible for all materials (reagents, kits, and chemicals) used during our courses and workshops.
Dr. Thomas Auer
Genome Editing Coordinator
Thomas is an SFN Ambizione Fellow at the University of Lausanne, studying the evolution of sensory circuits in Drosophilids. He is the main organiser of TReND’s Genome Editing Courses.
Dr. Renee Hartig
Renee assists with the Volunteer Program and organizes educational courses tailored toward training young scientists in Africa.
Dr. Daniel Münch
Website and IT
Daniel is a postdoc at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon. He won a Research Fellowship DFG and Independent Research Start-Up Grant from Zukunftskolleg Uni Konstanz and he
Artemis is currently doing her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Ulm. She is working together with our alumni to create strong and long lasting partnerships between the African universities and TReND.
We aim to ensure long-term impact through skill transfer. We prioritise activities that build expertise within the communities we work in.
Ensuring responsible conduct of science is very important to TReND. We foreground responsible and ethical conduct in all our activities.
Through our work with Open Hardware we encourage high quality, low-cost research.
Our expanding alumni network links researchers both within and beyond Africa, building a strong base for a truly global future.
Open Science is an important element of all we do at TReND. We aim to ensure that all our activities foreground openness and responsible sharing.
All TReND members volunteer because they are passionate about science. We aim to transfer our passion and enthusiasm to all our participants so that they too believe that science is fun!