Academy to fund Kenyans in medical research

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is inviting applications for a fund that seeks to support the country’s medical professionals to conduct research. 

Successful applicants are set to benefit from the Africa India Mobility Fund (AIMF) which allows scientist from India and Kenya to conduct research visits of up to three months in either direction.

According to the academy, the travel grants seek to serve as a vehicle to improve research capacity and build leadership in biomedical and clinical research. 

“African countries and India share many challenges, including in health, and the asset of a young population. The AIMF hopes that bringing together researchers from these geographies would lead to sustainable solutions for common problems,” AAS said in a statement.

The institute said the funding will support, among other areas, collaboration in research in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, dengue, malaria, vector-borne diseases, parasitic infections, emerging infections, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, health systems research, antimicrobial resistance, microbiome, drug development and general biomedical sciences. 

Launched in April last year, the young fund is a partnership between the African Academy of Sciences, Wellcome Trust and DBT India Alliance.

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According to hub, some two Kenyans have benefited.

It said Eric Ogola, who is a public health lecturer at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, won a grant to conduct research on cutting-edge genomic technology to identify genes responsible for antimicrobial resistance in children and their mothers at the National Centre for Microbial Resources in Pune, India.

Kevin Opondo on the other hand, was set to spend six months in Francophone Africa to study the impact of insecticide resistance on malaria vector longevity and transmission potential in the wild at Institute Pasteur in Senegal.

He is attached at the Medical Research Council Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in The Gambia.

The academy has set the deadline for applications for early October. 

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