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African medical research and training receives Wellcome boost
Date:4/10/2008

ch capacity needs a long term, strategic approach, which this funding will enable," says Professor Kevin Marsh, Director of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme. "It's about building scientific leadership and recognising that researchers need a critical mass of support from trained research and non-research staff."

Professor Brian Greenwood from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has been awarded over 7 million to support training for African scientists to undertake high quality malaria research in African universities.

"As the world moves towards malaria elimination, Africa will need an increasing number of well trained African scientists to lead this important initiative," says Professor Greenwood.

"This award will help substantially in achieving this goal."

Also receiving funding from the Wellcome Trust are two of the Trust's Senior Research Fellows, Professor Robert Wilkinson at the University of Cape Town and Dr Alison Elliott from the LSHTM. Professor Wilkinson has received 3 million to establish a Centre for Clinical Infectious Disease Research at the university, which will focus on HIV and TB, of particular importance to the region. Dr Elliott has received 1 million to develop infection and immunity research and training within Uganda.

The Wellcome Trust envisages that these four research programmes will form part of a wider, pan-African network that will further strengthen and support research and training in the region.

"By developing wider partnerships and collaborations with key research institutions, policy makers and other agencies, the programmes that we have funded will be able to undertake research that is truly world class," says Dr Walport.


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Contact: Craig Brierley
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Wellcome Trust
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