Thursday, 21 June 2018

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.

The events were held at UVRI-Entebbe, Kampala and Kyamulibwa-Masaka Stations.  The Director of MRC/UVRI Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu in his speech outlined the milestones reached and important research findings made mainly through partnerships, networks and Collaborations, with the theme "Celebrating 25 years of Research Excellence through Partnerships" Prof Kaleebu acknowledged the contributions of funders, study participants, Staff, Ministry of Health-Uganda, Local communities and MRC UK.

The celebrations were joined by heads and representatives from MRC/UK, Ministry of Health Uganda, London Sch. of Hygiene and Tropical, Makerere University, Welcome Trust, International AIDs Vaccine Initiative amongst others.speeches were from MRC/UVRI, UVRI, Uganda National Health Research Organisation (UNHRO) Directors and Representatives of partner institutions.

MRC CEO Representative                                                                        MRC/UVRI, UVRI, UNHRO Directors and Partner Institutions representatives

On behalf of the chief guest Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Zerubabel Mijumbi Nyiira applauded MRC/UVRI for its role in the fight of HIV/AIDS “I’m happy to note that institutions like the MRC/UVRI have contributed to Uganda’s international recognition and success story in regard to the fight against HIV/AIDS”

The events were crowned by entertainment, drama and cultural dances that took guests back in time when HIV/AIDS was a new epidemic in Uganda commonly known as "Slim" and finally Research Poster viewing and Scientific Symposiums from Researchers

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Prof. Kaleebu mentioned that HIV is to remain a major focus until a cure is found and there is need to go deeper in research like Genomics and Bioinformatics.

Group Photo of MRC/UVRI, UVRI, UNHRO Directors, MoA State minister, Mayor of Entebbe and partner institutions representatives

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