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MLW's Professor Henry Mwandumba receives the 2019 Royal Society Africa Prize

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Mwandumba ResizedMLW’s Deputy Director Professor Henry Mwandumba has been honoured by The Royal Society, being named as the recipient of this year’s Royal Society Africa Prize.

 

The prize is given annually to recognise research scientists based in Africa who are making innovative contributions to the biological sciences, including basic medical science, which contributes significantly and to capacity building in Africa. Professor Mwandumba has been named as this year’s recipient for his novel work in the description of the TB phagosome in HIV infected alveolar macrophages and his leadership in the College of Medicine, University of

Malawi.

 

“I am delighted and honoured to receive this prestigious prize from the Royal Society in recognition of my contribution to science in Africa. I thank those who nominated me and supported my nomination, members of my research group, colleagues and collaborators in Malawi and worldwide, our patients and study participants and the funders who have supported and continue to support our work. Lastly, I commend the Royal Society for recognising and promoting scientific excellence in Africa through the Africa Prize.”

 

Professor Mwandumba, who is the Deputy Director of MLW and the Head of the Mucosal and Vascular Immunology Group, is an Honorary consultant physician at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, and at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Liverpool. His research focuses understanding the effects of HIV-1 infection on lung immunity and predisposition to respiratory infections, especially TB.

 

He is also the President of the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS), member of Council of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), Immediate Past President of the Immunology Society of Malawi (ISM) and Treasurer of the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Physicians (ECSACOP). He has received support for his research from the Wellcome Trust, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (USA) and the UK Medical Research Council (MRC). He was the 2015 Cornell University’s Distinguished African Scholar and received the MRC/DfID African Research Leader Award in 2017.

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Jessie Khaki Awarded Commonwealth Doctorate Scholarship

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Jesse KhakiJessie Khaki, currently a pre-doctoral intern with both the Salmonella and Enteric Disease research group and the statistical support unit at MLW and a lecturer in biostatistics at the College of Medicine, has recently been awarded a 2019 Commonwealth scholarship to study towards a PhD in statistics at Lancaster University, United Kingdom.
 
Jessie will be based at the Centre for Health Informatics Computing and Statistics (CHICAS), within the Faculty of Medicine at Lancaster. Her primary supervisor will be Dr. Emanuele Giorgi whose expertise lies in developing and applying statistical methods for spatiotemporal disease modelling. The supervision team also consists of Dr. Marc Henrion (MLW), Dr. Christopher Jewell (Lancaster University), Professor Melita Gordon (MLW) and Professor Mavuto Mukaka (COM). Jessie’s work will focus on developing spatiotemporal methods for modelling typhoid incidence and transmission in Blantyre district, using data from the STRATAA and TyVAC studies.
 
"I am extremely honoured and overjoyed to have been awarded this prestigious scholarship. I am very excited to embark on the next chapter of my research journey." said Jessie, when asked about her reaction to the award. Jessie is also profoundly grateful to Dr. Marc Henrion and Professor Melita Gordon for the mentorship and support provided during the internship and the PhD application process. She is also thankful to MLW for creating a supportive environment for undertaking her predoctoral fellowship and the MLW training funding that has supported her during this time. 
 
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FIEBRE in practice: Malawi FIEBRE visit to William village, TA Katunga

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fiebre for web and intranetOn 8 February 2019, MLW received three visitors from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine namely: Amit Bhasin, Ruth Lorimer and Rebecca Handley. Together with FIEBRE Study staff, they visited William Village, in the Traditional Authority of Katunga, where they went to study participant’s house to find out what she understands about the study and to see how people in the community perceive the FIEBRE study.

 

On arrival at the village, they were received by the village headwoman, the participant and her children. The meeting ended successfully with smiles and handshakes.