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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.
  • 2010 Scholars

    Alain Kenfak Foguena, Cameroon
    will study for Master of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

    Annet Nakaganda, Uganda
    will attend a two-week course on the Responsible Conduct of International Research (RCIR) at the University of Washington (UW), and undertake a 6-week internship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC).

    Dr. Arash Memarnejadian, Iran
    will learn genotyping and phenotyping techniques of HIV drug resistance detection at the Department of Infection and Immunology, Clinical Research Center, Nagoya Medical Center, Nagoya, Japan  and National Institute of Infectious Diseases, AIDS research Center, Tokyo, Japan.

    Daniel Bugembe Lule, Uganda
    will visit IAVI Core Laboratory at Imperial College London, UK to learn the viral inhibition assay developed there for subsequent application to his research.

    Deogratius Ssemwanga, Uganda
    will visit the Division of Medical Virology Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine University of Cape Town to learn the Single Genome Amplification assay in order to analyse further the dually/triply infected individuals and their singly infected partners.

    Emmanuel Nshom, Cameroon
    will visit the HIV Epidemiology and Biostatistics Group, Research Department of Infection & Population Health, Division of Population Health, University College London to obtain the required data-analysis skills to analyse the results from a research project to determine the best approach for providing optimal PMTCT regimens.

    Evelyn Yayra Afua Bonney, Ghana
    will visit the unit of HIV Biology and Variability, National Center for Microbiology, Instituto de Salud , Madrid, Spain to gain training on sequence analysis, interpretation of mutation data in relation to drug resistance, subtyping and drawing and interpretation of phylogenetic trees.

    Ismael Kaddu, Uganda
    will visit Tazama Project, Tanzania and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to undertake the Advanced Epidemiology course.

    Jessica Nakiyingi-Miiro, Uganda
    will visit TAZAMA Project, National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Mwanza to understand the research setting and data management within the TAZAMA Project.

    Mamatha M. Lala, India
    will visit the Paediatric Infectious Diseases Unit, Red Cross Children’s Hospital and the University of Cape Town, Rondebosch; KID-CRU & Tygerberg Children’s Hospital, Stellenbosch University, Brooklyn Chest Hospital & Kayalistha outreach centers, Cape Town, South Africa to learn techniques and approaches to management of children with advanced HIV infection and opportunistic infection.

    Mei Han, P.R. China
    will visit the GAP International Laboratory Branch Global AIDS Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, to learn techniques of genotyping related to drug resistance.

    Nicholas Israel Nii-Trebi, Ghana
    will visit the Department of Infection and Immunity, Clinical Research Center, Nagoya Medical Center, Japan to learn techniques of genotyping to be applied to HIV-1 Drug Resistance in Drug-Naïve and HAART Patients in Ghana.

    Nicholas Musinguzi, Uganda
    will visit the Department of Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco to study research methodologies to obtain training in statistical analysis, epidemiological principles, and knowledge of the field of implementation science.

    Pauline Byakika, Uganda
    will visit the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Liverpool to receive training in current laboratory techniques and PK analytical methods to support pharmacology research in Uganda.

    Sheikh Jarju, The Gambia
    will visit the laboratory of Dr Florence Damond Laboratoire de Virologie Hôpital Bichat Claude Bernard to learn new molecular virology techniques to quantitate HIV-2 in patient samples.

    Syed Hani Hassan Abidi, Pakistan
    will visit Dr. Sarah Rowland-Jones’ laboratory, Human Immunology Unit, Experimental Medicine Division, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford to learn in vitro assays to analyse the consequences of  mutations that alter immune response to HIV infection.

    Thidarat Jupimai, Thailand
    will visit the Faculty of Health Science, The University of Sydney, Australia, to attend the course on Project Management at the Department of Health Information Management, this will allow her to develop her role as clinical trial coordinator.

    Yarley Vladimir Pabón Martínez, Colombia
    will visit the Unit for Molecular Cell Biology and Gene Therapy Science, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Research Center, Karolinska Institute to obtain training and experience on the manipulation and genetic modification of Human Stem Cells with vectors for delivering siRNA and miRNA against VIH gene targets.

    Samuel Nyamweya, Gambia
    will visit St George’s Hospital, University of London Centre for Infection, Division of Cellular and Molecular Medicine to receive research training in the UK, learning gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS), analytic techniques and mathematical modelling.


    • 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.