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Deus Thindwa to train at the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling malaria group

Pubished on: 13 April, 2017

Deus ThindwaDeus Thindwa, a graduate epidemiologist at MLW, has secured a competitive two-year research assistant position with the Malaria Modelling Group (https://www1.imperial.ac.uk/malariamodelling/) at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling, Imperial College London (ICL), in the UK, funded by a UK Royal Society Challenge grant and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

As part of the collaboration between the ICL MRC Centre and the Malaria Epidemiology Group (http://www.mlw.medcol.mw/index.php/malaria-home-page.html), Deus will train in statistical and mathematical modelling methods to explore the potential spread of drug resistance with novel intermittent preventive treatment options for malaria in pregnancy. The research will use patient data from clinical studies, specifically an upcoming MRC/WT/DFiD Global Health Trial in Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania, which will assess the efficacy of alternative treatment options for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy, led by Prof ter Kuile from LSTM and Dr Mwayi Madanitsa from COM, and collaborating with Dr Anja Terlouw from MLW.

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MLW Malaria Group Leadership Seminar featured in College of Medicine Research Support Centre Newsletter

 

Malaria Group Interns in training

The MLW Malaria Group leadership skills workshop conducted in December 2016 was featured in the College of Medicine Research Support Center October 2016 – January 2017 newsletter. This shows the collaboration and good relationship between the two institutions and also the significance of the workshop.


The leadership skills workshop is a 5-day seminar with follow-up sessions conducted every 4 months. Follow-up sessions include a discussion on a leadership skill of choice and each participant is encouraged to come up with a leadership development plan for the next 4 months. Specifically, follow-up sessions aim at bringing participants together to share and learn from each other’s life experiences and also to assess and track progress made on participants’ development plans.


The workshops, which attract participants from MLW, Malaria Alert Centre, College of Medicine, The Polytechnic and Kamuzu College of Nursing, are facilitated by Professor Rob Moodie, Masters of Public Health Coordinator at the College of Medicine, who has developed and facilitated these workshops over the last eight years at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Past workshops have also attracted guest speakers, usually individuals in leading positions in society, who share their life stories and how they have risen to success.


Apart from equipping the MLW Malaria Group members with leadership skills, the workshops have also encouraged networking between members from the participating institutions and have generated innovative ideas, including MLW Malaria Group interns’ participation in WHO’s 2017 Health Policy and Systems Research Essay Competition.

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Three Malaria Group members awarded travel awards to attend a course in Vaccinology

 

Vaccinology stories

 Drs. Latif Ndeketa, Donnie Mategula and Alinane Menyenyembe, members of the Malaria Research Group have recently been given a travel grant to attend the 2017 Vaccinology in Africa short course that will take place from 24 to 28th April. The course will be held at Makerere University/UVRI Infection and Immunity Research Training Programme (MUII) in Entebbe Uganda. This course is jointly organised by the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford and the host African research institute, and supported by the Jenner Vaccine Foundation.
 

The course alternates between African regions, and previous courses have been held at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Accra, Ghana (2013), at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya (2014) and the Malaria Research and Training Centre & Centre d’Infectiologie Charles Mérieux in Bamako, Mali (2015).