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Dr Fred Bukachi, MMed, PhD
ARUA CoE-NCD, Centre Director

Dr Anne Kamau, PhD
ARUA CoE-NCD, Deputy Centre Director

Paschalin Basil, MA
ARUA CoE-NCD, Centre Manager

University of Nairobi

Activities in Nairobi will be centred in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS). IDS was established in 1965 and is the oldest out of 20 such institutes in the world. It is the premier multi-disciplinary and multi-purpose development research institute in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. The IDS carries out full-time research on high-priority areas of social-economic development in Kenya, Africa and the world in general. The Faculty of Health Sciences has 15 departments and thematic units with a vibrant faculty of 438 qualified academic staff specialized in various fields. Besides training, research and health policy formulation, it offers specialized service to patients in Kenyatta National Teaching and Referral Hospital – a 1,800-bed level 6 Hospital, the largest in the region.

University of Ghana

The Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID), is the research support arm of the University of Ghana. Our mission is to promote, coordinate and facilitate research activities in the University, and lead the development of the University’s strategic plans.

At the Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID), the Pro Vice-Chancellor leads the University of Ghana’s vision to intensify research; consequently, ORID has progressively built strong research support structures and networks in a bid to achieve its mandate. The University of Ghana has strengths in mechanistic research and models of care. The University hosts the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), which will be the centre of activities. The NMIMR is an autonomous institute of the University of Ghana and the leading biomedical research facility in Ghana.

Prof. Damalie Nakanjako

University of Makerere

College of Health Sciences is a leading institution for medical instruction and research in Uganda. It has four schools – Medicine, Public Health, Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences and 28 departments under the schools that offer undergraduate and PhD degree programmes. NCD research is among the five priority research areas with three institutes dedicated to NCD research, training, and care namely the Uganda Heart Institute (UHI), Makerere University Lung Institute (MLI) and Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI). Makerere University hosted its first-ever international non-communicable diseases (MakNCD) symposium in 2018, which aimed to create awareness of the NCD epidemic among researchers, clinicians, funders, and policymakers. The Makerere team will be led by Prof. Damalie Nakanjako, Principal of Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Professor of Medicine.

Prof. Mayowa Owolabi

University of Ibadan

The College of Medicine hosts the largest stroke biobank in Africa: the IBADAN Brain Bank. This is the first organized brain tissue repository in SSA, which was created to focus on ethical, legal and societal issues surrounding neurobiobanking. It has also previously offered an International Partnership for Interdisciplinary Research Training in Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan. The Ibadan team will be led by Prof. Mayowa Owolabi, Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, University of Ibadan and Director, Centre for Genomic and Precision Medicine, and the pioneer chair of the H3Africa Cardiovascular Disease Consortium.

Prof. Maria Papathanasopoulos


University of the Witwatersrand

The faculty of Health Sciences hosts internationally recognized innovative researchers. Existing NCD research strengths include cardiovascular research, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, haematological diseases, chronic kidney disease, mental health, the genetic basis for disease and the Infection-NCD interaction, particularly HIV and TB. The WITS School of Public Health also offers a joint collaboration course on NCD Epidemiology in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, and the University Medical Centre Utrecht, the Netherlands. Wits team shall be led by Prof. Maria Papathanasopoulos – PhD, Associate Professor and Senior Research Scientist, Assistant Dean of Research and Postgraduate support.