MU-UCSF Research Collaboration has a long standing commitment to training young investigators both in Uganda and in San Francisco in infectious disease research and in particular, malaria. Several long-term programs have been in place to support the goal of improving in-country expertise in clinical, epidemiology, basic, operational, and health services research. This training should enable Ugandans to better assist the Ministry of Health in establishing policies for the control of malaria. Training program include:

Fogarty International Center (FIC) Malaria Training Program [2000 – ongoing]:

Trainees are chosen from among Ugandan junior scientists with interests in malaria research- either clinical, epidemiology, or molecular research tracks. When possible, training will be linked to ongoing research projects in Uganda. Formal training will be principally at the Masters level, although some more advanced training at the PhD or postdoctoral level will also be available. Training will be available at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, and in sandwich programs involving multiple institutions. The aims of this training program include:

1) To increase the expertise in Uganda in relevant clinical, epidemiological, and molecular research on malaria,

2) To strengthen the sustainability of malaria research in Uganda,

3) To expand research interactions between Ugandan and American scientists,

4) To strengthen trainee contributions to evidence-based decision-making,

5) To optimize training through utilization of additional available resources in Uganda,

6) To strengthen research capacity in Uganda by helping trainees to integrate into Ugandan institutions and pursue independently-supported scientific careers.

Contact: Dr. Arthur Mpimbaza, Email: arthurwakg [at] yahoo [dot] com

Uganda Malaria COHRE Training Program [2009 – ongoing]:

Similar in design to the FIC training program but differs in focus of operations research and implementation science. As with our other FIC program, this program focuses on training in research in concert with formal academic training. Makerere University Faculty of Medicine, with support from MU-UCSF Research Collaboration and UMSP, has developed and implemented a training program designed to build capacity for clinical, operational and health services research and program management in Uganda to ensure effective nationwide scale-up of the available malaria control tools. The program provides training in evaluating the cost and effectiveness of malaria control strategies, and establishing improved systems to monitor and evaluate the impact of these interventions.

Training in this program is linked to on-going research and educational projects of the participating institutions in Uganda, the US, the UK and Kenya. Short week or monthly courses of one to two years duration and provides training to public health program managers, physicians, nurses, entomologists, social scientists and health information managers involved in malaria control.

Contact: Dr. Emmanuel Arinaitwe, Email: emmy3md [at] yahoo [dot] com

PRISM Training Program [2011 – ongoing]:

As part of the PRISM International Center for Excellence in Malaria Research, a training component will conduct an open search for competitive applications for research projects. These projects will be independent, but in many cases they will relate to larger collaboration program goals, and in all cases they will entail research on malaria.

Sample projects might include: (1) case management of malaria at sentinel health facilities; (2) malaria diagnostics; (3) surveillance of malaria in the context of multiple control interventions; (4) cost-effectiveness of malaria control interventions; (5) optimal management of severe malaria; (6) the relationship between transmission intensity, complexity of infection, and drug pressure and antimalarial drug resistance; (7) systematic reviews of malaria treatment interventions and diagnostics; (8) longitudinal data analysis of malaria incidence; (9) geographic and environmental correlates of malaria incidence; (10) statistical modeling of the dynamics of malaria transmission; (11) identification of novel mediators of antimalarial drug and insecticide resistance; (12) immuno-epidemiology studies; (13) mathematical modeling of malaria; (14) entomological studies of transmission intensity.

Contact: Dr. Sarah Staedke, Email: sarah [dot] staedke [at] lshtm [dot] ac [dot] uk

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Translational Research Training [2004-Ongoing]:

Our original award (2004-12) funded a broad translational research program, but a significant investment in training (at least $100,000 per year) was mandated by the award. The award had principally supported American trainees, but was also used to supplement stipends for Ugandan trainees and other training activities in Uganda. Additional funding from DDCF has supported one-year training programs for American medical students, including funds for research activities in Uganda. More information can be found at Doris Duke Foundation website.

Contact: Dr. Phil Rosenthal, Email: prosenthal [at] medsfgh [dot] ucsf [dot] edu


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