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UVRI-VHF Lab Wins Continental Best Laboratory Practicing ASLM2014 Award

17th December 2014
By Ssemwanga John Ross

Uganda Virus Research Institute-Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Lab won the best Laboratory practicing award on the 3rd December 2014 at the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM)conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The African Society for Laboratory Medicine is a premier African-wide association headquartered In Addis Ababa Ethiopia that promotes the advancement of professional laboratory medicine practice, science, systems and networks in Africa.

The two-yearly ASLM Awards Ceremony recognises individuals and laboratories committed to strengthening laboratory medicine and honours the dedication, innovation and perseverance of professionals who have overcome and addressed laboratory medicine challenges to make significant contributions in Africa. The Best Laboratory Practicing Award accorded to the UVRI laboratory was in recognition of its simple and innovative approaches that it has applied over the last 4 years to build nation-wide capacity for a robust surveillance program that has greatly contributed to early detection and improved control of VHF outbreaks, including Marburg and Ebola, in Uganda and the East and central African region.

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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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UVRI hosts a Laboratory Diagnostics on Ebola Viral Infection in Real Time PCR Workshop for WHO AFRO.

By Ssemwanga John Ross

Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in conjunction with World Health Organization (the Disease prevention and control cluster) and WHO AFRO member states conducted a two day workshop on Laboratory Diagnostics on Ebola Viral infection by Real Time PCR at UVRI/CDC VHF Laboratories. Since March 2014 six countries in the West African region namely Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, DRC, Senegal and Sierra Leone have been grappling with an Ebola Disease outbreak of unprecedented magnitude. As of August 29 2014 3,052 cases were reported with 1546 deaths new cases of infections continue to be responded.

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Japanese Embassy Medical Attendee Visits UVRI/CDC VHF Labs

Dr. Kosugi Takashi a medical Attendee from the Japanese embassy Uganda visited the UVRI/CDC Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Labs. Due to the Ebola outbreaks in West Africa the Japanese embassy in Uganda sent a medical attendee to familiarize himself with the operation of the Lab and also create a bond with UVRI’s Lab specialists, this was done in the preparation of the embassy in case of a suspected Japanese EBOLA patient.

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SIB PhD Fellowship programme – Call for applications 2014

It is our pleasure to announce the SIB Fellowship programme, which aims to train outstanding bioinformatics PhD students as well as promote bioinformatics research for the life sciences.

 

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