Program in Global Oncology

D43 Training Grant

Uganda and Hutchinson Center doctors visit with patients

Left to right: Dr. Noleb Mugisha, a medical officer at the Uganda Cancer Institute; Dr. Jackson Orem, director of the UCI and co-director of the UCI/Hutchinson Center Cancer Alliance; Banks Warden, executive director of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at Fred Hutch; and Dr. Corey Casper, co-director of the UCI/Hutchinson Center Cancer Alliance, all tour the Uganda Cancer Institute. (Photo by Erica Sessle, UCI/Hutchinson Center Cancer Alliance)

Purpose

To strengthen research capacity in HIV-associated malignancies in sub-Saharan Africa.

Goal

To build multidisciplinary research teams of African investigators, including physicians, other clinical scientists, basic research scientists, epidemiologists, pathologists, data managers and other required personnel. It is anticipated that the creation of these teams will strategically enhance the capacity for innovative research in HIV-associated malignancies at institutions in Africa.

Long-term goal

Training programs will allow African teams of scientists to become fully efficient and productive as partners with investigators from developed countries in future research endeavors oriented on HIV-associated malignancies in sub-Saharan Africa.

The graphic details the number of health workers trained through the National Institutes of Health training grant.

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Proposed Training

This grant is an extension of our current successful training program which has trained a total of four Ugandan physician-scientists in Seattle over the past three years, but has significant differences. First, we proposed to build research teams, comprised of four research leaders who will matriculate with Ph.D.s from the University of Washington and Makerere University, six research managers, and 46 research implementers. Second, the training is divided into three lengths: long-term (three year) training for the research leaders both in Seattle and Uganda, medium-term training (six months-2 years) for the research managers, and short-term (2-3 weeks) training for research implementers through a series of eight module courses to be taught in Kampala continuously over three years. And finally, the majority of the training will occur in Kampala.