Photo by Mustaqim Rahman, ASM
ASM has been working in Central Asia region since December 2010, primarily in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. ASM supports initiatives that fight TB, which is increasingly one of the major causes of death of HIV patients in Central Asian region. The major challenges for the clinical laboratories in these countries remain lack of supplies and reagents, lack in capacity of laboratory workers, low salaries and high turnover of laboratory staff, and a lack of infrastructure and equipment. ASM works to improve the technical capacity of the laboratory network to provide effective services across the country.
ASM in Kazakhstan
Bringing ASM to Kazakhstan: U.S. Consul General Opens ASM BioResource Center
On March 20, 2015, ASM forged a new partnership with the Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University (KazNMU), Almaty, Kazakhstan. The country’s first BioResource Center (BRC) officially opened at a formal event that brought together both U.S. and Kazakh government representatives. Among the honorable guests of the BRC opening were the U.S. Consul General Theresa Grencik, KazNMU Rector Aikan Akanov, WHO Head of Country Office in Kazakhstan Melita Vujnovic, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Central Asia Region Acting Country Director David McAlister. Dr. Vujnovic was invited to give a guest lecture. The new BRC houses more than 70 computers, ASM books, and online journals.
BioResource Center (BRC)
The purpose of the BioResource Center (BRC) is to provide scientists, educators, laboratorians, policy makers, and students with cutting-edge scientific resources, training, and increase their knowledge-base of biological sciences. The BRC in Kazakhstan serves as a location for scientists and stakeholder to convene; offers access to cutting-edge scientific resources; and provides ongoing professional development training through scientific webinars, virtual workshops, and also on-site workshops and lectures.
BRC at Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University
Contact: Dr. Акмарал Assanova, Director of Science Library, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing Address of BRC:
Ambassadors to Kazakhstan
The Country Ambassador would be a senior scientist that represents ASM in Kazakhstan, facilitating partnership and exchange with other scientists worldwide, while the ASM Young Ambassador is a dynamic young leader, who also represents ASM in Kazakhstan, facilitating networking, professional development, and collaboration to strengthen science globally. The ASM Young Ambassador mobilizes the next generation of scientists to develop innovative approaches to meet the Grand Challenges in Science.
Country Ambassador - Taking Applications
Young Ambassador - Taking Applications
For more information on ASM's Kazakhstan program,
please contact Lynee Galley at email@example.com.