Mbrara University of Science and Technology
I am the Vice Chancellor, of Mbarara University of Science and Technology and a Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics with a PhD in Pharmacology and a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (FUNAS). I am the MURTI Program Director, a program that has trained to date three cohorts of junior faculty at MUST in conducting research in HIV/AIDs and related morbidities. Previously I was the Team Leader for Research Task Force in the Needs Assessment Twinning Program Project by Makerere University – Johns Hopkins University. I have been an investigator on the MEPI-MESAU consortium project that involved five medical schools in Uganda, during which I oversaw the implementation of the trans-disciplinary mentored research across the consortium institutions. I have mentored and provided leadership in several research projects on drug use studies at community levels and in the health facilities, pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic studies on antimalarials and ARVs, health systems and higher education, with over 60 publications, having supervised 28 graduate students including 10 PhDs.
As a mentor I am working with several masters and PhD students, and Postdoctoral researchers towards better treatment of infectious diseases in Ugandan children under the Sida funded project. I am a member of the International Network for Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD-Uganda), where I have been part of a research team on an Initiative on Adherence to Antiretrovirals (INRUD-IAA), a multi-country collaborative project that investigated facility based adherence to antiretroviral medicines. From these studies a tool for strengthening adherence to ARVs is now published as a WHO manual titled “How to investigate Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment: An indicator-Based Approach” (WHO/EMP/MIE/2011.1).
In addition, I mentored and provided leadership to a team of researchers at MUST applying for the World Bank African Center of Excellence (ACE II) fund to support higher education in Eastern and Southern Africa, where MUST project of Pharm-Bio Technology and Traditional Medicines (PHARMBIOTRAC) has been funded under Credit No.5797-UG. This project among other diseases will explore the use of herbal medicines in HIV/AIDs.