Teaching Statistics in Gabon, Africa

In February 2024, I had the opportunity to teach statistics at the Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné (CERMEL) in Gabon. This course is part of Master's program in "Infection Biology and Control" that is in collaboration with the University of Tübingen. The program aims to equip students from West and Central Africa with the skills needed to address infectious disease challenges in sub-Saharan Africa.

The history of the CERMEL dates back to 1913, starting with the first Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné. Today, it also includes a research laboratory focusing on malaria and other tropical diseases. Despite the challenges here in Lambaréné, such as its humid 33-degree climate and occasional lack of water and electricity, the dedication of everyone on campus is remarkable.

The commitment of the 15 master students impressed me deeply. Their motivation to learn and to understand complex topics in mathematical modeling and biostatistics, essential for researching infectious diseases, was truly inspiring. I have no doubts that they will be the next generation of highly skilled African researchers who will successfully tackle global challenges of future infectious diseases challenges.

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Lisa Schmors is a PhD student in the Department of Data Science at the Hertie Institute for AI in Brain Health at the University of Tübingen and an IMPRS-IS scholar , interested in computational neuroscience and statistical modelling. In her work, she uses statistical models to investigate cortico-thalamic feedback to contribute to a general computational model of visual processing in the mammalian brain. In addition, she utilizes clustering algorithms to identify different cell types in the lateral habenula, analyzing functional and morphological data.


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