Thursday, 23 March 2017

MPS visit Uganda Virus Research Institute for a consultative meeting on the Biotechnology and biosafety Bill.

 
Members of Parliament on the Science and Technology Committee have visited the Uganda Virus Research Institute for a consultation meeting on the Biotechnology and biosafety BillThe MPs were hosted by the Acting Director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute Dr Pontiano Kaleebu and the senior management team.

Makerere University, UVRI in $7.2m research partnership

New Vision 29th Jan 2016
By John Agaba

Makerere University and the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe have announced a new partnership — a $7.2m research and training programme that will engage scientists in Uganda to undertake research which can address health challenges in the country and region. Dr. Edward Katongole Mbidde, the UVRI director, said the collaboration they dubbed MUII Plus, will facilitate young and professional researchers to engage in clear-cut research, specifically to address emerging and re-emerging infections in the region and diseases from animals.

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Young scientists dreaming big

Internship presentation competitions 2015    

The internship presentation competitions being held for the 5th time at UVRI under the Makerere University/UVRI Infection and Immunity Research Training Programme-MUII collaboration took place on the 7th Aug 2015 in the new training building. UVRI is committed to providing training in practical skills in accordance with the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders 2010, to enhance employability skills of undergraduates and graduates Scientists and Social workers from various training Institutions. The Internship program runs throughout the year with a peak period from June to August, the Internship presentation competition takes place were students showcase what they have learnt in the field but most especially come up with new ideas that contribute to research and UVRI being a world class center for health research.

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New training center commissioned

Pamela Nabukenya Wairagala-MRC/UVRI

On 13th August 2015, the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) commissioned a training center to promote research capacity building for Scientists from Uganda and the region. The building located at the UVRI- campus in Entebbe was constructed with funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council (UK).

Commissioning of the £ 400,000 facility coincided with the annual Science Symposium that brought together scientists from renowned international institutions comprising of Research organizations, Universities as well as funding partners. The one-day Symposium, organized by MUII, a research capacity building programme between Makerere University and the UVRI that aims to enhance the capacity of local scientists to pursue a research career in Infection and Immunity focusing on endemic diseases of the region, featured presentations by seasoned scientists from international Universities and post-doctoral students who are beneficiaries of the MUII programme as well as poster presentations on developments in on-going research in HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Malaria, Tuberculosis among others and provided a platform for young scientists to interact, present and discuss their work with their local and international peers and seniors.

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Dr Michael Makanga designated as next EDCTP Executive Director

During its last meeting, the General Assembly of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) selected Dr Michael Makanga to succeed Professor Charles Mgone as Executive Director. Prof. Mgone, who has been Executive Director for eight years, had decided to step down at the end of 2015 in order to pursue other interests. Dr Makanga will take up his role from 1 January 2016.

Dr Michael Makanga is a clinician-scientist born and raised in Uganda with (after medical qualification) 24 years of professional experience of working on health and poverty related diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. This includes 20 years of work experience on medical product development and clinical regulatory activities. He holds a Medical Degree from Makerere University, Uganda, and has been in various clinical and research positions before and after undertaking an MSc at the University of Liverpool, and then a PhD at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.

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