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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.
  • Deenan Pillay
    Deenan Pillay is an academic clinical virologist. After a PhD in metabolic biochemistry, he studied medicine and specialised in virology. Following an NIH Fellowship on HIV drug resistance with Doug Richman (UCSD in 1993) he became Head of the then Public Health Laboratory Service National reference service for antiviral drug resistance, in Birmingham UK, before moving to University College London(UCL) in 2003, where he became Professor of Virology and Head of the Division of Infection and Immunity. His research has focused on HIV therapy, drug resistance and transmission dynamics. In 2013, he was seconded from UCL to become Director of the Wellcome Trust-funded Africa Centre for Population Health, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. In 2016, the Africa Centre merged with the Durban-based HHMI-funded KwaZulu Natal Research Institute for HIV and TB (K-RITH), to become the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), where Deenan is Institute Director. This is an independent institute, incorporating 350 staff, focusing on laboratory, clinical and population based research on HIV, TB and related diseases.



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



    If you are interested in applying for a scholarship find out more below:



    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.