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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.
  • 2017 scholars

    Andrew Abaasa, Senior Statistician/Acting Head of Statistics, Uganda
    To attend Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa to train in the analysis of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) data and to link epidemiological data to the geographical data. Upon completion of the proposed training, the scholar will bring skills back home to train colleagues in improved collection, management and analysis of GIS data.

    Waheed Adedeji, Senior Registrar, Nigeria
    To visit Translational Pharmacology Research Core (TPRC), University of Buffalo, Buffalo, USA to acquire skills in HIV pharmacology research and grants application. The scholar will also develop the research proposal for his PhD pharmacology. The placement will enable the scholar to conduct research more effectively and on returning home will develop capacity for the home institution which is presently in the process of establishing a functional Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory.

    Kannan Balakrishnan, PhD Student, India
    To attend AIDS Research Group Clinic for Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectiology University Hospital Düsseldorf Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany to obtain hands-on experience in the field of HIV-A3G interaction. Apart from adding to ongoing research, the scholar will gain expertise in protein-biochemistry, advanced cell-culture and super-resolution microscopy that are necessary and lacking within the scholar’s region. The work will also further the recipients PhD and contribute to ongoing research in the home laboratory. The same expertise that will be gained will be disseminated to the wider team at the home laboratory.

    Goodluck Lyatuu, Maternal and Child Health Manager, Tanzania
    The HIV Research Trust is pleased to be collaborating with the Joep Lange Institute in providing a new annual named scholarship. The first ever recipient of this is Dr. Goodluck Lyatuu, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Manager, from Tanzania. Goodluck will attend an advanced course in epidemiological analysis at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK and will apply skills to investigate the effect of the World Health Organization (WHO) Option B+ intervention on outcomes in pregnant/breastfeeding women living with HIV and their infants, receiving antenatal care in routine settings. The course will enable him to improve design of the planned implementation studies to evaluate interventions to optimize Option B+ success in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). Undertaking this training will provide access to experienced researchers in epidemiological design and analysis and this will provide practical experience on key issues to observe in undertaking a large epidemiological study in routine care settings. Upon his return to the home institution, Goodluck will use the knowledge and skills acquired to strengthen systems for analysis and utilization of routine data to improve quality and outcomes of health interventions implemented by the institution.

    Joseph Lutaakome, Project Leader, Uganda
    To attend an intensive training course at AMREF Health Africa, Kenya on programme monitoring and evaluation (M&E) organised as a combination of modules on how to capture changes arising from interventional programmes. The course will equip the scholar with better understanding and hands-on skills of the roles M&E plays in all aspects of health systems especially HIV/AIDS. The training in M&E course will broaden knowledge of combining qualitative and quantitative approaches to gather and identify the most appropriate strategy and evaluation design in a given situation, develop M&E plans, select, adapt and apply suitable tools as well as performance indicators and information management systems. On completion, the recipient will be in a better position to design baseline, evaluation and impact studies together with other programmes within their unit at the home institution

    Racheal Shamiso Mandishora, PhD Fellow, Zimbabwe
    To attend the Cancer Registry of Norway and HPV Reference Laboratory, to be trained on Next Generation Sequencing of the whole Human papillomavirus genome, using Bioinformatics tools to determine evolution, variance and DNA integration of the virus. To also attend a Bioinformatics and software carpentry courses at the University of Oslo. The training will strengthen capacity at the home department and the teaching hospital.

    Ashokkumar Manikam, Research Scholar, India
    To visit the Division of Clinical Microbiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Sweden to perform state-of-the-art experiments to understand host-virus interaction at the cellular and molecular level. This will assist the recipient’s research aims to identify unique features of transmitted/founder viruses that helps them to successfully establish infection.

    Frank Onyambu, Associate Laboratory Scientist, Kenya
    To visit Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa to learn how to conduct HIV Drug Resistance (HIVDR) genotyping assays including protocols for Sanger sequencing, data analysis and reporting. On completion, the recipient will help run a new HIVDR Laboratory. The training and work proposed will also directly lead to a publication.

    Victor Ssempijja, Biostatistician, Uganda
    To attend two taught courses at the Erasmus Summer Programme at Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development, Department of Global Health – Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands to develop skills to perform causal inference methods and analysis to acquire skills to perform survival analyses which account for the association between repeat time-to-event outcome measurements and the longitudinal structure in which they arise. To also complete a hands-on scientific writing practicum developing PhD research questions into scientific publications.

    Peter Ssenkungu, DataFax Management Reviewer, Uganda
    To attend a residential internship for professional development in data management and data review of clinical trials for good quality research data at the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU), Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa. The training will develop skills in ethical data management, study database design, data validation, data transformation using statistical packages, writing of SOPs that are related to data fax services and ultimately strengthen the data management capacity of the home institution.

    Mark Webale, PhD Fellow, Kenya
    To visit Kenya Medical Research Institute, Center for Global Health Research, Kenya to learn how to operate HIV viral load and sequencer machines to quantify HIV viral load and sequence research samples and, to gather more knowledge on bioinformatics analysis of HIV sequences. The scholar will learn how to effectively use and analyze HIV sequences using various bioinformatics tools which will enable him to learn how to operate HIV viral load machines, thermocyclers and sequencers. In addition, the recipient be able to determine HIV viral load, amplify and sequence their proposed research samples as well as conducting bioinformatics analysis of the sequences

    Rachel Musomba Zimaze, Quality Manager, Uganda
    To attend the McGill University AIDS Centre, Canada to acquire skills and knowledge in assessing compliance to systems in a clinical research setting, the use of routinely collected data to determine quality of care based on standards and methods used in achieving patient involvement and safety. The purpose of the placement will be to gain understanding of how to implement quality improvement systems in a clinical and research HIV/AIDS clinic through experienced learning gained from existing quality measures at McGill HIV centre.


    • 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.