Tuesday, 28 April 2015

UVRI sets up a Foot and Mouth Disease Lab.

UVRI is setting up a Lab for the Foot and Mouth disease, the project was launched in June 2014 to handle the Virus strains around Uganda with an aim of coming up with effective control measures and appropriate vaccines. The project entitled: Research and Development of Countermeasures to Support the Control of FMDV in Uganda: Development of Improved Diagnostic Tools for a Comprehensive Surveillance Program. The project is supported by USDA and is implemented between UVRI, MAAIF and COVAB, Makerere University. At UVRI it is headed by Dr. Julius J. Lutwama and coordinated by Nackson Babi in the Arbovirology division. Its field operations started in four selected districts of Nakaseke, Gomba, Isingiro and Mbale. Lab tests are planned to start soon when the Lab facilities are fully setup.


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The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Call For Proposals

EDCTP-TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowships

Open for applications: 31 October 2014

Deadline for applications: 30 January 2015, 16:00 (GMT)

Background

Researchers from low and middle-income countries (LMICs) who are involved in clinical research projects have limited opportunities to acquire experience and develop skills for conducting clinical trials outside of an academic or public sector setting. EDCTP and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) have decided to jointly implement a fellowship scheme that will support researchers to obtain these skills, while ensuring synergies between researchers and clinical staff, pharmaceutical companies, product development partnerships (PDPs) and research institutions. This partnership will have a leverage effect on the number of individuals trained, resulting in an increased impact on research and development capacity in LMICs.


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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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The UVRI engages in health research pertaining to human infections and disease processes associated with or linked to viral aetiology and provides expert advice, enables partnerships and communication and serves as a center for training and education.

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VISION AND MISSION

To be a world class center of excellence in health research.

To conduct scientific investigations on viral and other communicable diseases so as to contribute to knowledge, policy, practice and build capacity while promoting institutional sustainability.......

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The MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS part of the UK Medical Research Council (MRC),

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