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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.
  • 2012 Scholars

    A S M Shahabuddin, Bangladesh
    To visit the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University, Thailand to undertake training on social research methods and statistics for social analysis.

    Amos Laar, Ghana
    To visit the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota to complete an MA programme in bioethics and his thesis on the development of an ethically apposite national response strategy to the HIV epidemic in Ghana.

    Augustine Muisyo Musyoka, Tanzania
    To visit the Duke Human Vaccine Institute at Duke University to train in Intra-Cytokine Staining (ICS) in combination with flow cytometry and Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMC) isolation and cryopreservation.

    David K. Mwakazanga , Zambia
    To visit the Department of Computing and Applied Mathematics at Ghent University in Belgium to attend taught courses in statistical design and analysis of repeated measures, causal associations and survival data.

    Erick Mgina, Tanzania
    To visit Uganda Medical Research Council (MRC) and Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) to learn the set up of data management departments and international standards of data management.

    Faith Mirimo, Uganda
    To undertake advanced training in cost effectiveness analysis at the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York, UK.

    Ekwaro A Obuku, Uganda
    To visit the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK to undertake a course in economic evaluation to be applied to same day diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis.

    Fred Stephen Sarfo, Ghana
    To visit Durham University to receive training in methods for statistical analysis and also visit the University of Liverpool for guidance on analysis of pharmacogenomic and pharmacokinetic data related to efavirenz administration.

    Gladys Njeri Macharia, Kenya
    To visit the Neutralizing Antibody Centre at the Scripps Research Institute, California to learn assays of antibody function to use in studies of HIV exposed seronegative individuals.

    Ian Tumwebaze, Uganda
    To visit the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme to acquire skills in the design and use of the OpenClinica software, including data security, data validation, operating procedures and data management plans.

    Jamirah Nazziwa, Uganda
    To visit the Institute of Human Virology in Abuja to acquire HLA typing skills that can be used at MRC/UVRI laboratory in Uganda.

    Kathryn Boyd, Zimbabwe
    To visit MRC Human Immunology Unit, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM), UK to undertake training in cellular immunology techniques relevant to HIV research.

    Lydia Logose, Uganda
    To visit the University of Washington to undertake a course entitled Principles of STD/HIV; to undertake a programme of statistical methodology, mathematical modelling research and data management skills to apply to the collaborative research programme on HIV related malignancy at Uganda Cancer Research Institute.

    Moustapha Mbow, Senegal
    To visit the Department of Immunology and Infection at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to gain training in flow cytometry and host genotyping and in allele specific KIR and HLA genotyping using Lumionex technology to be applied in research on a population at risk of HIV infection.

    Ngozi Mirabel Otuonye, Nigeria
    To visit the Rwanda /Zambia HIV Research Group to study behavioural and genetic predictors of HIV transmission.

    Ronald Sanya Njaka, Uganda
    To visit the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, University of Minnesota, USA to learn new laboratory research techniques to be used in research on the immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome.

    Thatri Lampornsin, Thailand
    To visit the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology at Nagoya Medical Center, Japan to undertake training in the acquisition of laboratory techniques to investigate specific mechanisms of intrinsic host defence to HIV infection.

    Yaqiong Guo, China
    To visit the Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infections Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn state-of-art genotyping and subtyping methods.

    Yardpiroon Tawon, Thailand
    To visit the University of Liverpool to establish the techniques and methodologies to perform pharmacogenetic studies.

    Zachary Kwena, Kenya
    To visit the University of Connecticut, USA to undertake training on dyadic and sexual network analysis and 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.