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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.
  • Meet Our Scholars
    ASM Shahabuddin

    This was really a good experience and great learning opportunity for me to have attended the training program on “Social Research Methods and Statistics for Social Analysis” …

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    Gladys Njeri Macharia

    I spent two months at the IAVI’s neutralizing antibody center learning assays related to characterization of antibody function.

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    Ekwaro A. Obuku

    This short course in economic evaluation equipped me with knowledge and skills to meet the objectives …

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    Moustapha Mbow

    My work-visit training attachment was at the Department of Clinical Research and Immunology of Infectious Diseases Laboratory, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in UK.

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    Mohammed Lamorde

    Mohammed Lamorde, post-doc, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda presented clinical pharmacokinetics of antiretroviral drugs in Ugandan patients …

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    Joseph Fokam

    I undertook my training project at the Chair of Virology Laboratory at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy.

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    Suzaan Marais

    During my visit to the National Institute for Mycobacterial Research (NIMR) in London, I acquired skills to perform Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) sRNA extraction …

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    Kenneth Ekoru

    In the first part of the scholarship I attended the advanced epidemiological and statistical methods course at the University of Bristol’s Department of Social and Community Medicine in the UK.

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    Immaculate Mbarusha

    The training for which I received funding from the HIV Research Trust focused on Exposure to practical research experiences in varied settings …

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    Ngo Thi Thanh Huong

    My main objective was seeking advice with an expert supervisor – especially in HIV/AIDS research and anthropological and social methods to develop and complete my project …

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    Deogratius Ssemwanga

    I had an opportunity to attend training sponsored by The HIV Research Trust at the University of Cape Town.

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    Evelyn Yayra Afua Bonney

    I spent 6 weeks at the Unit of HIV Biology and Variability, National Centre for Microbiology, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Majadahonda , Madrid, Spain.

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    Emmanuel Nshom

    My programme started with an opportunity to participate in a one week workshop on methodological and statistical issues in HIV clinical research …

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    Annet Nakaganda

    I attended a two week course at the University of Washington, The Responsible Conduct of International Research (RCIR), and a six week internship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC).

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    • 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.