Thursday, 20 July 2017

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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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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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 (www.globalhealthtrials.org) 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!

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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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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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