RESEARCH -IMMUNOLOGY

RESEARCH

The Immunology Unit has been involved in several international collaborative research activities with other Departments especially with the Departments of Pediatrics and Child Health and Gynecology and Obstetrics. The unit has been a key partner in the following collaborative research programmes:

  • Impact of Highly Active Anti Retroviral Therapy during Pregnancy and Breast-feeding on Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and Mother’s Health Study (Kesho Bora Study). NIH funded project involving departments of Paediatrics and Child Health and Immunology.
  • Effectiveness of NNRTI containing HAART in women with prior exposure to NVP for PMCT (NRS study).  CDC funded project involving departments of Departments of Gynaecology and Obstetrics and Immunology.
  • AIDS Care and Treatment Services (ACTS Programme). CDC funded project involving departments of Departments of Paediatrics and Child Health and Immunology.

Maintenance of this high level of funding is directly related to research productivity and grant preparation, and providing high level laboratory services. The laboratory direction of all the collaborative activities falls (almost exclusively) to the immunology and the most time consuming task. The most urgent concern of immunology is that the current and the inevitable increase in teaching load are very substantial, involving the limited number of the available staff.  This poses a serious threat to the ability of immunology staff to continue in maintaining their current level of research productivity and grant preparation.