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2nd Annual National Biosafety Conference Program Session 8 & 9

FRIDAY, 9TH AUGUST, 2013

SESSION 8: STATUS OF GMOs RESEARCH IN KENYA: COMPLIANCE WITH BIOSAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Topic

Presenter/s

Keynote address: icon Global Status of Biotechnology and Biotech crops

Dr. Margaret Karembu,

(ISAAA Africenter)

icon Progress in Confined Field Trial of Africa Bio-fortified Sorghum in Kenya and Nigeria

Dr. Silas D. Obukosia

(A-Harvest)

icon Biosafety considerations in the Development of Drought tolerant and Insect Protected Maize in Kenya

Mr. Murega Mwimali, (WEMA Project)

icon Biosafety and Bioethics at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre

Dr. Stephen Mugo

(CIMMYT)

icon Baseline Studies for Insect Resistance Management Strategy for Bt-Cotton in Kenya

Dr. Charles N. Waturu

(KARI Thika)

icon Introgression of nutritional traits and evaluation of performance of improved sorghum expressing the enhanced nutrition

Dr. Esther Kimani

(A-Harvest)

icon Development of transgenic virus resistant cassava under the VIRCA project

Dr. Douglas W. Miano

(University of Nairobi)

icon Genetic transformation of sorgum (Sorghum Bicolor L. Moench) with chitinase and chitosanase genes for anthracnose tolerance

Dr. Linus K. Ayoo

(KIRDI)

Expression of drought induced genes enhances grain productivity under water limited environment

Dr. Stephen Runo (KU)

icon Genetic Transformation of Bananas for resistance to Xanthomonas Wilt Disease

Dr. Leena Tripathi (ILRI)

icon African Trypanosomiasis resistance in cattle by a transgenic approach

Dr. Mingyan Yu (ILRI)

SESSION 9: CONCERNS ON GMOs

Topic

Presenter/s

Health concerns of GMOs

Panel Discussions:

Hon. James Nyikal

Prof. Abdulrazak Shaukat, CEO, NACOSTI

Dr. Kepha Ombacho, Chief Public Health Officer

Dr. Willy Tonui, CEO, NBA

Dr. Solomon Mpoke, KEMRI

Dr. Simon Mwangi (KMA)

 icon Closing Remarks By Mr. Felix Kosgey, Cabinet Secretary - Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries

Mr. Felix Kosgey, Cabinet Secretary - Ministry of  Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries

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Professor Moses Limo

Prof. Moses K. Limo is the current Chair, Research and Technical Sub Committee of the National Biosafety Authority. He is a renowned Professor in Biochemistry and is currently teaching in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Egerton University, Kenya.
Professor Moses Limo
The Professor earned his BSc, MSc and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Nairobi and he boasts of a vast experience ranging from being a Research Fellow at International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD) now ILRI, Kenya to joining the University of California, Davis, U.S.A. as a Postdoctoral Scholar.

Thereafter he proceeded to International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) to work as a Research Scientist.  From 1996 he joined Egerton University and became the Founding Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1997 until 2004 when he was appointed the Director of Postgraduate School.

He has also served in various academic and research committees/boards  including being member of the Board of African Regional Postgraduate in Insect Sciences and External Examiner in various Universities among others.

Professor Limo chaired Egerton University Research Ethics Committee and has taught courses in molecular biology and biotechnology to undergraduates and postgraduates for many years including being involved in curriculum development.

Actually, he has many years’ experience in Biosafety and Bioethics as applied to health, agriculture and the environment. His research activities and interests focus on the application of modern biotechnology and molecular biological techniques to control parasites and disease vectors that exert a heavy toll in the health of people and animals. By being so active in the publishing industry, scientific conferences, seminars and workshops, the professor seems to stop at nothing but the sky.

Mandate

The overriding regulatory role of the Authority is to ensure safety of human and animal health and provision of adequate level of protection of environment. Thus the Authority exists to regulate research and commercial activities involving GMOs by establishing transparent science

Coordination Structure of NBA and Other Agencies

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