Monday, 24 November 2014

MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS Celebrates 25 Years of Research Excellence

By Ssemwanga John Ross

Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute Research Unit on AIDS celebrated 25 years of research excellence, this was at Uganda Virus Research Institute Entebbe Campus and Kampala Station from 6-7th and 14th November in Kyamulibwa.

MRC/UVRI was celebrating its achievements in HIV/AIDS and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Research over the past 25 years. Through the initial Ministry of Uganda agreement establishing the MRC/UVRI was signed on 12 December 1988, the MRC research programme activities were initiated in 1989 in Kyamulibwa –Masaka and the official launch was in October 1989.

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JHSRI Call proposals for health systems research grants

Research grants are focused projects usually up to 3 years’ duration with a maximum of 5 years duration. There are no set  budget limits; small and larger-scale projects are invited. As a guide, applicants should note that approximately £4m is available for Research Grants under this call and the funders would like to fund 5-10 projects. Value for money is an important part of the assessment criteria. Download PDF for a full document

Funding for projects awarded under this call for proposals is jointly provided by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust (WT). 

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Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever

Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever Facts

What is Marburg hemorrhagic fever?
Marburg hemorrhagic fever (Marburg HF) is a rare, severe type of hemorrhagic fever which affects both humans and non-human primates. Caused by a genetically unique zoonotic (that is, animal-borne) RNA virus of the filovirus family, its recognition led to the creation of this virus family. The five subtypes of Ebola virus are the only other known members of the filovirus family.
Marburg virus was first recognized in 1967, when outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever occurred simultaneously in laboratories in Marburg and Frankfurt, Germany and in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). A total of 31 people became ill; they included laboratory workers as well as several medical personnel and family members who had cared for them. There were 7 deaths among the reported cases. The first people infected had been exposed to African green monkeys or their tissues. In Marburg, the monkeys had been imported for research and to prepare polio vaccine. In addition to the 31 cases, an additional primary case was retrospectively serologically diagnosed.

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