BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Honorable Professor Heneri
Dzinotyiweyi, Zimbabwe Minister of Science and Technology
Development, will visit Buffalo on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to tour two
University at Buffalo research facilities and to discuss the vision
and implementation strategy for the Zimbabwe International
Nanotechnology Center (ZINC) with its primary academic partner,
Dzinotyiweyi will visit the Institute for Lasers, Photonics and
Biophotonics (ILPB) in 458 Natural Sciences Complex on the North
Campus from 10 a.m. to noon.
He will then tour the UB New York State Center of Excellence in
Bioinformatics and Life Sciences at the corner of Ellicott and
Virginia streets in Buffalo from 3:15-5 p.m.
Paras Prasad, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemistry,
Physics, Medicine and Electrical Engineering, the Samuel P. Capen
Chair and executive director of the ILPB, will coordinate the
morning’s activities on the North Campus.
Gene D. Morse, PharmD, professor of pharmacy practice and
associate director of the New York State Center of Excellence in
Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and director of the Translational
Pharmacy Research Core, will coordinate the afternoon’s
activities at the CoE.
With 14 percent of Zimbabwe's population living with HIV/AIDS
and tuberculosis as a co-infection, the need for new drugs and new
formulations of available treatments is crucial.
To address these issues, the UB-UZ AIDS International Training
and Research Program (AITRP) has led an initiative with two of
UB’s leading research centers, the ILPB and the New York
State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, to
launch (ZINC) -- a national nanotechnology research program -- with
the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and the Chinhoyi University of
“We are very excited about the visit of Professor Heneri
Dzinotyiweyi to the University at Buffalo,” said Morse.
“Professor Dzinotyiweyi’s visit to the ILPB as well
as the CoE provides an opportunity for faculty leaders, regional
scientists and public officials to discuss the recently announced
international collaboration of UB and ZINC.”
Morse also said that with an international program like ZINC, UB
is hoping to attract pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology
firms who will have similar interests in joining this unique
partnership that will enhance the likelihood of economic success
through efficient, innovative research.
"Locally, these efforts will be linked to the growing Buffalo
Niagara Medical Campus, resulting in a truly global partnership
with one anchor in Buffalo – a comprehensive 'UB matrix' of
innovation and excellence," says Morse.
Media interested in the minister’s visit should contact
Sara R. Saldi in the Office of University Communications at