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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.
  • 2011 Scholars

    Adeniyi Ebenezer Olagunju, Nigeria
    To attend the Master of Research in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine at the University of Liverpool.

    Ali Mirzazadeh, Iran
    To visit UCSF to learn advanced statistical methods to analyse data concerning HIV risk behaviour in Iran.

    Aryan Nutan, India
    To visit the University of Pittsburgh to learn techniques of screening and validating microbicidal activity.

    Celine Nguefeu Nkenfou, Cameroon
    To visit the Division of Immunology and Immunogenetics at the University of Palermo for training in HLA typing and analysis.

    Daniela Cardeal da Silva, Brazil
    To spend 5 months at UCSF attending courses on epidemiology and biostatistics.

    Dario Alberto Dilernia, Argentina
    To spend 4 months at Emory Vaccine Centre to learn techniques on characterising HIV virus and immune response in a native American population.

    Dickens Howard Akena, Uganda
    Support for PhD research at University of Cape Town concerning clinician use of screening tools and educational interventions in detecting neuropsychiatric disorders among HIV patients in Uganda

    Evarist Beda Msaki, Tanzania
    Will visit the Clinical Trials Facility in Kilifi, Kenya to increase knowledge in Data Management Procedure specifically relating to OpenClinica, an open source clinical data management program.

    Herbert Itabangi, Uganda
    To visit The University of Queensland ’s Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Brisbane, to learn molecular and genomic diagnostic techniques for C.neoformans.

    Immaculate Mbarusha, Uganda
    Will attend a two-week course on the Responsible Conduct of International Research (RCIR) at the University of Washington (UW) and a six-week clinical research practicum with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) in Seattle, Washington.

    Isaac Afwamba Afwamba, Tanzania
    To visit the Department of Microbiology laboratory at Johns Hopkins Hospital to receive training on current laboratory techniques in mycology and mycobacteriology

    Isaiah Obila, Kenya
    To visit the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto to learn techniques of HPV detection and analysis.

    Joseph Fokam, Cameroon
    To go to the University of Tor Vergata in Rome to learn the technique of pyrosequencing to detect minority mutations that are overlooked by bulk sequencing but may be responsible for emergence of drug resistance.

    Kenneth Ekoru, Uganda
    To undertake an Advanced Epidemiological and Statistical Methods course at Bristol University and visit the South Africa Medical Research Council to learn and gain practical skills in the application of multilevel models.

    María Eugenia Socías, Argentina
    Will undertake a prevention, care and treatment for HIV project in Washington DC and attend a Principles of Epidemiology, Statistical Reasoning in Public Health course at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Mufaro Kanyangarara, Tanzania
    To undertake two courses at Harvard School of Public Health on Inference Methods in Infectious Diseases and Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation.

    Mark Urassa, Tanzania
    To visit London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine to interpret and evaluate data on the performance of a typical Tanzanian Home Based Care (HBC) programme.

    Mesfin Awoke Bekalu, Ethiopia
    To visit Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia as part of PhD research at Leuven School for Mass Communication Research on HIV/AIDS-related Information Need, Media Use and Communication Behaviour of Urban and Rural Populations of Ethiopia.

    Ngo Thi Thanh Huong, Vietnam
    To undertake courses in socio-economics at Curtin University in Western Australia and receive research supervision to complete research on the socio-economic impacts of HIV/AIDS on household economies in Vietnam.

    Suzaan Marais, South Africa
    To visit NIMR (Division of Mycobacterial Research) in London to perform RNA extraction and analysis as part of ongoing study on tuberculosis in HIV.

    Vundli Ramokolo, South Africa
    To undertake a course on data analysis techniques at University of Bergen in Norway in order to gained experience required for doctoral analyses.

    Willy Brandt N. Lamnyam, Cameroon
    To continue masters studies in clinical chemistry at the University of Surrey, UK.

    Xudong Zhang , China
    To undertake 6 months training at Ghent University in Belgium to conduct research on female adolescents who are involved in sex work or drug use in China.


    • 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.