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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.
  • 2009 Scholars

    Alfonso Silva Santisteban, Peru
    Alfonso Silva Santisteban will go to San Francisco Health Department to learn analytical methods in epidemiology.

    Arshi Munawwar, India
    Arshi Munawwar from Delhi will go to National Institute of Health in Bethesda, USA, to study cellular effects of co-infection with herpes viruses in HIV infected patients.

    Clayton O. Onyango, The Gambia
    Clayton Onyango will go to Department of Virology Osaka, Japan to learn molecular biological methods to develop an ELISA assay against viral capsid proteins.

    Dr Denna Michael Mkwashapi, Tanzania
    Dr Denna MichaelMkwashapi will go to the MRC Virus Research Institute in Entebbe to learn statistical and epidemiological research methods.

    Elly Atuhumuza, Uganda
    Elly Atuhumuza will go to the Perinatal HIV Research Unit in South Africa to learn database management to be used in studies of maternal-child transmission in rural Uganda.

    Geoffrey Namara, Uganda
    Geoffrey Namara will go to the Centre for Geographic Medicine in Nairobi to learn advanced methods in epidemiology using Geographical Information Systems.

    Hannah Ohunene Ajoge, Nigeria
    Hannah Ohunene Ajoge will go to Doris Duke Medical Research Institute in Durban, South Africa, to learn PCR techniques to analyse samples from ante-natal clinics in Northern Nigeria.

    Dr John Micheal Irige, Uganda
    Dr John Micheal Irige will go to the AIDS Support Organisation in Mbale, Uganda, to learn clinical trial methods that will be applied in therapeutic trials in sero-discordant couples.

    Dr. Koung Lo, Cambodia
    Dr Koung Lo will go to Keio University, Japan to learn epidemiological methods to be applied in community research in rural Cambodia.

    Meena Gorowara, Thailand
    Meena Gorowara will go to Radboud University in The Netherlands to learn therapeutic monitoring of newer anti-HIV agents.

    Mohammed Lamorde, Uganda
    Mohammed Lamorde will go to Department of Pharmacology at Liverpool University to learn advanced techniques of drug monitoring.

    Supabhorn Pengnonyang, Thailand
    Supabhorn Pengnonyang will go to the Nutrition and Infection Unit at Tufts University, USA to learn statistical methods for analysing anthropometric data.

    Susan Nakubulwa, Uganda
    Susan Nakubulwa will go to Kenya Medical Research Institute to learn more advanced techniques of data handling and linkage.

    Dr Xiaojie Huang, China
    Dr Xiaojie Huang will visit the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, University College London, to learn statistical methods to analyse data from studies of HIV in same sex patients.


    • 11th Jan 2021: Applications Open
    • 7th March 2021: Applications Close
    • April 2021: Scholarships announced



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    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.