Monday, 22 January 2018

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.


Global Health Trials celebrates fifth birthday by thanking its contributors

12th May 2015

11 May 2015 marked a major achievement, the fifth birthday of global health research community, Global Health Trials. The outstanding success of this initiative is owed to its diverse, international body of researchers who contribute their time and research experience to build research capacity; using the Global Health Trials platform as a tool for success.

Global Health Trials ( is an online community of practice, where researchers working in global health come together to share their knowledge about how to conduct health research, with the aim of enabling the generation of life-saving evidence in places and situation where research is difficult and rarely happens. It works because it is free and it’s a neutral and truly collaborative space, making it unique; scientists are well known for not sharing how they do their work!


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.


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.


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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