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Recent and Ongoing Projects

Kenya has hosted more NPGH Fogarty Fellows than any other country, so previous projects have covered a wide range of topics: everything from shock-related mortality in pediatric patients to STI modeling in non-human primates. Though much research has focused on HIV/AIDS, there have been many different approaches including the effect of hormonal birth control on HIV risk, partner notification in serodiscordant couples, and the interplay between iron deficiency, malaria, and HIV. Dr. Bukusi, Co-Director of the Research Care and Treatment Program at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, gave an interview about her career as an HIV/AIDS researcher on our blog, and Fan Lee, a 2014-2015 Fogarty Scholar also wrote about her experiences at the start of her fellowship.

Collaborating Institutions

uofnairobiThe University of Nairobi (UON) College of Health Sciences was established in 1968, and graduates annually 280 doctors – more than half of all Kenyan doctors introduced into the workforce each year. Since 1985, the Universities of Washington and Nairobi have been involved in collaborative research and training to study mother-to-child HIV transmission, management of pediatric HIV, HAART adherence interventions, and prevention of HIV transmission in HIV-discordant couples. This UW/Kenya collaborative group has increased local capacity through training U.S. and Kenyan research scientists to perform integrated research on prevention, care and treatment of HIV-related conditions, thereby strengthening academic programs at both institutions.Twelve NIH and non-federal grants are currently being implemented in conjunction with UON faculty in Kenya.

kemriThe Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) has been collaborating with the UW since 1989, when the first of seven KEMRI researchers received long-term training at the UW. KEMRI operates the referral laboratory for East Africa and has a 40-bed research ward. PIs from UMN have conducted research and training on the relationship between malaria transmission and immunity with KEMRI since 1996, and the USAID sponsored RESPOND project also currently has a grant with the Kenyan Ministry of Health to develop curriculum in zoonotic diseases.