Sustainable Development for HIV Health Seminar Series

We host a bi-weekly Sustainable Development for HIV Health (SD4H) seminar via zoom for Maseno University graduate students. The course is led by the Fellowship Directors (Drs. Bukusi, Ndunyu, Weiser, and Cohen) and features guest lectures by Maseno University, KEMRI and UCGHI faculty, and Kenyan SD4H researchers. The SD4H seminar combines lectures, participatory discussions, and student presentations focusing on the SD4H core competencies.

Understanding the needs of key populations, specifically Men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers (FSW)

July 14, 2022

Dr. Eduard Sanders is a Professor of Tropical Medicine and Global Health at the University of Oxford, and is based in Kilifi, Kenya. He is the principal investigator of several observational studies involving mostly men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers (FSW) in Kilifi, and co-recipient of the SANTHE grant. His interest in diagnosing acute HIV infections was inspired by the many MSM who sought health care prior to seroconversion in coastal Kenya, and the opportunity this presents for reducing onward HIV-1 transmission. He currently leads ongoing studies on the utility of clinical algorithms to identify and diagnose young adults with acute HIV infection at various health facilities in Kenya, enabling early treatment, counselling interventions, and assisted partner notification.

Emerging Tools For HIV prevention & treatment; m-Health experiences from the field

June 30, 2022

Dr. Eliud Akama holds an MPH from the UW and is currently a doctoral student at the same University. For past 13 years, He has been a research manager and co-investigator for multiple National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded public health research projects, and a coordinator and technical adviser for a large President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funded HIV treatment and prevention program in western Kenya.

Sex, Drugs, and Stigma: Key and Vulnerable Populations in the HIV Pandemic

June 2, 2022

Dr. Susan M. Graham, MD MPH PhD, is an Associate Professor in Global Health and Medicine and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Epidemiology. Dr. Graham is also the Associate Chair for Academic Programs in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington.

Vaginal microbiome and metabolome profile in asymptomatic reproductive tract infections and HIV: Potential for new therapies

May 19, 2022

Dr. Obimbo Moses, an associate professor is a clinician-scientist with enthusiasm for promotion of learning, research, teaching and clinical practice. He holds a Postdoc and a Ph.D. in Reproductive Sciences and is a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist. He has studied and mentored students on placenta microenvironment, HIV and structural biology. He is also applying novel molecular techniques such as laser capture microdissection, RNA sequencing, -omics (transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics), and advanced bioinformatics in aspects of science in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Ethics of community engagement – Research and Collaboration on Mfangano Island

May 5, 2022

Dr. Chas Salmen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and serves as the Director of the UMN-OHR Mfangano Community Health Field Station in Western Kenya. Dr. Salmen brings extensive experience in medical anthropology and community-based research, particularly within HIV hyperendemic fishing communities of Lake Victoria, Kenya.Through a 2007 Rhodes Scholarship to the Oxford University Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Dr. Salmen conducted 2 years of ethnographic fieldwork on Mfangano Island exploring the relationship between the Nile Perch Fishing industry and HIV epidemiology in the region.

Interrupted Time Series (ITS) Analysis

April 21, 2022

Dr. Pamela Murnane is an mplementing a risk score to facilitate enhanced adherence support for pregnant and postpartum women at risk of HIV viremia.

Human Mobility and the HIV Pandemic: Challenges, Questions, Solutions

April 7, 2022

Dr. Carol Camlin is a behavioral scientist and social demographer at UCSF. Her research program crosses the disciplines of behavioral sciences, population studies, and sociology, and has focused on the study of complex and dynamic forms of population mobility in sub-Saharan Africa, and links between gender, mobility and HIV prevention and care outcomes. She also contributes expertise in applying qualitative and mixed methods approaches and behavioral and social theory to clinical and pragmatic trials and implementation studies.

Integrating Aquaculture into the Planetary Health and Wealth Creation Program

March 24, 2022

Dr. Erick Ogello is a scholar and research scientist working as in the Department of Animal and Fisheries Sciences, Maseno University, Kenya. Dr. Ogello holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Fisheries Science from Nagasaki University Japan. He obtained Master of Science Degree in Aquaculture (Great Distinction) at Ghent University, Belgium, and Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries (First Class Honors) at Moi University, Kenya. Dr. Ogello is running three projects funded by different agencies, namely 1) Climate Smart Fish Culture Systems Project funded by the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP), 2) Artemia production for sustainable coastal aquaculture (funded by Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), 3) Blue-cycling: Integrated aquaculture and agriculture for resource efficient food production funded by Food systems and climate (FOSC) – Horizon-2020.

Research Ethics

March 10, 2022

Dr. Elizabeth Bukus is Senior Principal Clinical Research Scientist at KEMRI and Co-Director Research Care Training Program. In addition to her experience conducting socio-behavioral and biomedical research and providing leadership and support for HIV care, she has a strong interest in research and clinical ethics. Dr. Bukusi also focuses on mentoring and training health care and research personnel to enhance local and international capacity.

Advocacy and scale-up of oral PrEP in Kenya

Feb 11, 2022

Dr. Elizabeth Irungu has a PhD in Global Health Implementation Science at the UW School of Public Health. She also gained skills in academic leadership with the knowledge and competence to address HIV and other health problems of significance in Kenya. Dr. Irungu plays an active role in HIV prevention programming and policy with the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization. Dr. Irungu serves in an important public health role as Country Director for a large project that is taking PrEP to scale for HIV sero-discordant couples in Kenya.

Funding priorities at NIMH

Jan 27, 2022

Susannah Allison, PhD, Training Director and Program Officer in the Division of AIDS Research at National Institute of Mental Health.

Climate Change: Implications for Africa, A mental Health View

Jan 13, 2022

Robin Cooper, MD, is a San Francisco psychiatrist who has had a private practice for nearly 40 years and is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of California San Francisco where she has worn many different hats over her career both as educator and supervisor with psychiatric residents and medical students. She is to co-founder and President of Climate Psychiatry Alliance, a group dedicated to understanding, education and advocacy about the specific impacts of climate change on mental health. In addition, she is active member of a number of organizations addressing the interface of climate and health both at the University of California San Francisco medical center, locally in her community and nationally.

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