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  • Pauline Byakika-Kibwika, winner of the HIVRT alumni scholarship to attend the HIV Drug Therapy Congress, Glasgow, 2018.

    HIV Research Trust alumni were asked to complete a survey describing how their HIVRT scholarship had impacted their professional and academic lives allowing Trustees to better understand how it affected patient outcomes in the scholar’s home setting. The Trustees assessed all survey responses and selected Pauline to receive the above award. Her story is summarised below.

    In 2010 Pauline attended a placement at Mahidol University, Thailand to obtain clinical pharmacology analytical skills to assist her in completing her PhD. Pauline’s PhD work contributed to the current knowledge on treatment of malaria in HIV-infected patients who are also receiving antiretroviral treatment. This work has been utilised and referenced by the World Health Organization in the current policy on treatment of malaria in HIV-infected individuals.

    After completion of her PhD, she was promoted to Associate Professor and currently heads the Infectious Diseases Unit at the Department of Medicine of Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda where they care for those who are affected with HIV and opportunistic infections - more than 200 HIV-infected inpatients and over 300 outpatients are seen each month.

    Pauline is also the Director of the Research Directorate at Makerere where her responsibilities include reviewing and guiding the research framework at the Department of Medicine and supervising Masters and PhD students’ research projects.
  • Eric Sandstrom
    Professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and a specialist in dermatovenereology. Eric was a visiting scientist 1980-1 U Washington, KK Holmes, working on N gonorrhoea and 1984-5 Harvard U, MS Hirsch, on HIV serology and antivirals. He has been responsible for a clinic dedicated to STI and HIV primarily in MSM since 1982. Secretary to the National AIDS committee 1985-8 and co-organiser of the 4th International AIDS Conference 1988. He has been a counterpart to scientists in Dar es Salaam since 1992. This led to a coordinating role in an EU funded preventive HIV vaccine programme, HIVIS, that is now followed by 2 EDCTP funded HIV vaccine trials in Tanzania and Mozambique. Author of more than 100 peer reviewed articles primarily on STIs and N gonorrhoea and lately focusing on HIV immunity and vaccines in the African context.


    2018/19 TIMELINE

    • 2019 scholarships announced late December 2018



    If you are interested in applying for a scholarship find out more below:



    The scholarships are for health care professionals in early/mid-career who are located in resource-limited settings from low-income and lower-middle-income countries working in the field of HIV infection. Read more to see if you are eligible.