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Dr. Sam Kinyanjui - KEMRI Wellcome Trust

Dr. Sam Kinyanjui is the Head of Training and Capacity Building at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme in Kenya and the Director for the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL). Prior to current position he spent 16 years doing research on the immunology and molecular biology of malaria parasites. During this period he developed a strong interest in capacity building for health research in Africa.

As the Head of Training and Capacity Building at the KWTRP in Kenya he provides scientific, and strategic guidance for academic training towards research leadership. His key achievement has been the development and implementation of a comprehensive research career framework for attracting, training and retaining African research leaders. Through the framework Dr. Kinyanjui has overseen the training of over 200 graduate interns, the majority of who have taken up a research career after the internship. This scheme has now been developed into a nationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Methods. He has also overseen over 90 Masters and over 60 PhD training since 2008. In 2015 Dr. Kinayanjui was awarded a further 8 million pounds by the Wellcome Trust to build on this work through the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL)

As the Head of Training and Capacity Building at the KWTRP in Kenya he provides scientific, and strategic guidance for academic training towards research leadership. His key achievement has been the development and implementation of a comprehensive research career framework for attracting, training and retaining African research leaders. Through the framework Dr. Kinyanjui has overseen the training of over 200 graduate interns, the majority of who have taken up a research career after the internship. This scheme has now been developed into a nationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Methods. He has also overseen over 90 Masters and over 60 PhD training since 2008. In 2015 Dr. Kinayanjui was awarded a further 8 million pounds by the Wellcome Trust to build on this work through the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL)


Prof Henry Mwambi - University of KwaZulu Natal

Prof Henry Godwell Mwambi is a co-applicant for Sub-Saharan Africa Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB)Training programme. He is an Associate Professor at the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, University of Kwazulu Natal. He has taught both theory and applied statistics at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. His main application areas are in the biological and health sciences particularly modelling population and disease dynamics. Prof Mwambi's main research area is on statistical and mathematical modeling and analysis of infectious disease processes at the individual and population level. He currently works with PhD and Masters students on various topics in biostatistics and epidemiology such as the analysis of non-Gaussian longitudinal and clustered disease outcome data, survival analysis, modelling recurrent event longitudinal data with reference to epilepsy, and infectious disease modelling.

Prof Kandala Ngianga-Bakwin - University of Northumbria

Kandala is Professor of Biostatistics at Northumbria University, UK. Prior to this, he worked as Head of Health Economics and Evidence Synthesis Research Unit at the Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg and was Associate Professor in Health Technology Assessment, a joint appointment with the University of Oxford and University of Warwick.

He previously worked in many academics institutions and in various positions including as a Medical Statistician at the University of Southampton and King’s College London; a Mellon Foundation Fellow at the University of Montreal, Canada; Associate Professor at the University of Botswana and Associate Lecturer at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is also affiliated with the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa as a Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics. He obtained a PhD in Economics/Statistics from the University of Munich (LMU) in Germany in February 2002.

For the past 15 years, his main research interests are in Bayesian statistical methods and their application to epidemiology and health. In particular, addressing maternal and child health and a variety of health-related health inequalities both in the developing countries and command economies, using large scale household data. He is also engaged in capacity building in Biostatistics throughout the world.

Kandala has published widely in high impact peer review journals in both the field of Statistics and health in diverse populations. He recently published a book with Springer Science on ‘Advance Techniques in modelling Maternal and child health in Africa’ (2014).

Kandala current research interests include, Bayesian modelling and diseases mapping, statistical methods applied to epidemiology, survival analysis, longitudinal data analysis, meta-analysis, Bayesian spatial Analysis, Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment.


Jim Todd - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Tagline

Developing capacity for Statistical Expertise in East and Southern Africa

Background

My life has encompassed many false starts, and wrong turns, and all are incorporated in my current work, and life. I dropped out of school, and it will remain my greatest achievement. I became a teacher, and that is in my blood. I have spent 20 years living in Africa, and almost as long working for LSHTM, and both provide some inspiration for my work and life. Applied statistics provides the thread which enables me to pull these diverse components together. I have no responsibilities, only privileges.

I studied Medical Statistics and have endeavoured to apply that knowledge in my work, and in my teaching. An understanding of data, and how to present results, is important in so many different areas. An understanding of people and how they work together, is probably more important, and a more reliable way to achieve results.

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Training Institutions

School of Public Health, University of the WitwatersrandInstitutional lead - Prof Tobias Chirwa

School of Public Health, University of Kinshasa, DR CongoInstitutional lead - Patrick K. Kayembe

School of Medicine, University of ZambiaInstitutional lead - Patrick Musonda


Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Moshi, TanzaniaInstitutional lead - Michael Johnson Mahande


University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya Institutional lead - Nelson Owuor Onyango


Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Makerere University, Uganda Institutional lead - David Guwatudde,


Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana Institutional lead - Koram Kwadho


Department of Statistics and Population Studies, University of Namibia Institutional lead - Lawrence Kazembe


School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, University of Kwazulu Natal Institutional lead - Henry Mwambi


Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa Institutional lead - Prof Taryn Young


Chancellor college and College of Medicine, University of Malawi Institutional lead - Jupiter S. Simbeye


University of Oxford Institutional lead - Gregory William Fegan


University of Northumbria Institutional lead - Professor Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala


Department of Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Institutional lead - Mr Jim Todd


Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands Institutional lead - René Eijkemans

Research Institutions

Human Sciences Research Council

South African Medical Research Council

In-Depth Network

Inform (Information for Malaria)

CAPRISA (Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa)