NURTURE Program

 

NURTURE: RESEARCH TRAINING AND MENTORING PROGRAM FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT OF FACULTY AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES

NURTURE: Is a Junior Faculty Research Training and mentoring program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Fogarty International Centre and arose from the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI). The five-year program aims to support Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) junior and mid-level faculty, within a structured mentored training environment, to develop their potential of becoming independent researchers.

NURTURE’s thematic focus areas are:

  1. HIV/AIDS and its associated co-infections/morbidities
  2. Other infectious diseases including malaria
  3. Non communicable diseases (especially cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory and haematological/blood)
  4. Dental and craniofacial health
NURTURE PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Objective 1

  • To provide targeted training and mentorship for individualized research capacity development of junior and mid-level faculty to become independent research leaders capable of addressing regionally relevant health challenges and influence policy and practice

Objective 2

  • To increase faculty retention by facilitating research career progression through strengthening existing and emerging research groups  focusing on HIV/AIDS-related illness, other infectious diseases and NCDs

Objective 3

  • To facilitate continued development of a conducive research environment at Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) with institutional research policies, infrastructure, incentives and services that support researchers to become internationally competitive in conducting high quality research
Goal of NURTURE

To develop a sustainable institutional culture for supporting research training and mentoring for career development of upcoming faculty in an environment that fosters continuous academic growth and retention of independent researchers.

NURTURE’s overarching objective is to develop and maintain research groups of productive, independent scientists who can competitively excel in securing international funding, strengthen MakCHS’ research culture and build the capacity to support its partner universities in Uganda.

Following a 3-step selection process 18 MakCHS faculty shown below were awarded two year NURTURE fellowships starting 2016/2017

Trainee Research Project Title

Trainee Name

Thematic Area

 

Name of Mentor

 

The burden of Alzheimer’s disease and caretaker’s stress and coping in the Ugandan population

Noeline Nakasujja

Mental Health

Prof. Seggane Musisi

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Risk of Cardiovascular disease after pre-eclampsia in a cohort of Ugandan women

Annette Nakimuli

Cardiovascular

Dr. Emmy Okello

Dr. Chris Longenecker

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Severe anemia in Ugandan children under 5 years: Implementation research on prevalence, management and outcomes

Robert Opoka

Blood/Lung

Prof. James Tumwine

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Mycoplasma pneumonia among HIV-exposed and unexposed children In Uganda: burden, genotypes, risk and outcome

Rebecca Nantanda

Blood/Lung

Prof. James Tumwine

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Developing and pilot testing a peer support for depression care in patients with diabetes mellitus

Dickens Howard Akena

Mental Health

Prof. Seggane Musisi

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Development and evaluation of a direct PCR based method for the diagnosis of bacteremia and candidemia among febrile patients in Uganda

Henry Kajumbula

HIV/AIDS

Prof. Moses Joloba

Prof. Elly Katabira

Prof. Yukari Manabe

The  Immunological  consequences  of  alcohol  consumption  in  high  HIV  prevalence  fisherfolk communities of L. Victoria, Uganda; Consequences on susceptibility to HIV infection and transmission

Bernard Bagaya

HIV/AIDS

Prof. Moses Joloba

Prof. Elly Katabira

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Strategies for the prevention of viral Hepatitis B among HIV infected adults in Uganda

Emmanuel Seremba

HIV/AIDS

Prof. Moses Joloba

Prof. Elly Katabira

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Differential impacts of control interventions on the characteristics and consequences of malaria infections

Joanita Nankabirwa

Malaria

Prof. Moses Kamya

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Genetic diversity of plasmodium falciparum in mild and severe malaria of children

Steven Kiwuwa

Malaria

Prof. Moses Kamya

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Artemether-Lumefantrine Trial with Increased Treatment Duration

Sarah Nanzigu

Malaria

Prof. Moses Kamya

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Pharmaceutical analysis for improved therapeutic outcomes in treatment of malaria and pneumonia in Uganda

Bruhan Kaggwa

Biology

Dr. Steve Reynolds

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Nutrient bioavailability and effects on immune system in HIV infected rats

Joshua Nfambi

Biology

Dr. Steve Reynolds

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Histopathologic diagnosis of acquired conjunctival growths in an adult HIV positive and negative population in a rural setting

Juliet Otiti

HIV/AIDS

Prof. H. Mayanja-Kizza

Assoc. Prof. Damalie Nakanjako

Dr. Jackson Orem Prof. Yukari Manabe

Oral mucositis among patients undergoing chemotherapeutic treatment at Uganda cancer Institute

Adriane Kamulegeya

Cancers/Dental

Prof. H. Mayanja-Kizza

Dr. Jackson Orem Assoc. Prof. Damalie Nakanjako

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Evaluating the effect of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) on dental caries in HIV+ patients in Uganda: A Case Control study

Dunstan Kalanzi

Cancers/Dental

Prof. H. Mayanja-Kizza

Assoc. Prof. Damalie Nakanjako

Dr. Jackson Orem Prof. Yukari Manabe

Ethical issues associated with regulation, storage, and use of human biological materials collected during tuberculosis research in Uganda

Joseph Ochieng

Research ethics

Prof. Nelson Sewankambo

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Improving Undergraduate Teaching of the Management of Hypertensive Disease in Pregnancy

Mike Kagawa

Cardiovascular

Dr. Emmy Okello

Prof. Yukari Manabe

RCT: Evaluating the effect of oral care for Periodontitis in Rheumatoid Arthritis patients in Uganda

William Buwembo

Cancers/Dental

Dr. Emmy Okello

Inflammation, Cardiometabolic factors and 5 year outcomes among patients receiving HAART at an urban clinic, Uganda

Isaac Ssinabulya

Cardiovascular

Dr. Emmy Okello

Steve Longenecker

Forensic age estimation based on the third molar development among adolescents attending Mulago hospital dental clinics: Optimising age estimation for juvenile justice

Annet Kutesa

Cancers/Dental

D Nakanjako

H. Mayanja-Kizza

Outcomes of HIV co-infected presumptive TB patients started on tuberculosis treatment without bacteriological confirmation of TB

Lydia Nakiyingi

HIV/AIDS

D Nakanjako

H. Mayanja-Kizza

Prof. Yukari Manabe

Predictors for cognitive impairment among patients with first episode psychosis in Uganda.

Emmanuel Mwesigwa Kizza

Mental Health

S. Musisi

Noeline Nakasujja

Dickens Akena

Prevalence and assessment of the risk factors of dental caries in adolescents attending secondary school in Uganda

Ndagire Barbara

Cancers/Dental

D Nakanjako

H. Mayanja-Kizza

Long term performance of Intrauterine Contraception among HIV positive women. A randomized controlled trial of copper and levonorgestrel intrauterine system

Othman Kakaire

Maternal Health

Dr. Emmy Okello

Annette Nakimuli

 

Preventing long-term mental health problems in children admitted with severe malaria at Mulago Hospital

Paul Bangirana

Mental Health

Prof. Seggane Musisi

Noeline Nakasujja

Dickens Akena