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Lufina Tsirizani-Galileya awarded a PhD scholarship to study Pharmacometrics at the University of Cape Town (UCT)

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TsirizaniLufina Tsirizani-Galileya a Pre-doctoral intern with both the Bacterial and Drug-Resistant Infections and the Malaria Epidemiology groups of MLW has been awarded a PhD scholarship to study Pharmacometrics at University of Cape Town (UCT). She will be based within the division of Clinical Pharmacology at UCT and will be supervised by Associate Professor Paolo Denti, a world-renowned Pharmacometrician.

Lufina will be funded through UCT to work on Pharmacometrics of drugs of infectious diseases in neglected populations. She will explore approaches that will optimize the use of antimalarial, anti-tuberculosis and antiretroviral drugs in children and pregnant women in studies funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council.

Lufina will be trained with one of the best Pharmacometrics groups in the world, which is part of several international collaborations including the modelling groups at the University of Liverpool and Uppsala University. With her training, Lufina will be part of the critical mass needed in the joint COM and MLW efforts to strengthen clinical pharmacology capacity in Malawi.

"I am excited and thankful to be awarded this scholarship. I feel privileged to be accorded the opportunity to do what I love. It is my passion to contribute to drug development and optimize drug therapy in Malawi and the African continent," said Lufina.

Congratulations, Lufina!


Yohane Gadama Awarded Mandela Rhodes Scholarship

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GadamaMLW’s intern in the Mucosal & Vascular Immunology Research Group Yohane Gadama has recently been awarded the Mandela Rhodes scholarship to pursue Neurology clinical specialist training at Tygerberg Hospital (Stellenbosch University) in South Africa.


As a neurology registrar, Yohane will spend the first two years rotating and doing on-calls in general (internal) medicine and the last two years purely focusing on neurological conditions. As a Mandela Rhodes scholar, he will commence his clinical training in Cape Town with a leadership workshop at the beginning of February 2020.


Yohane started applying for the highly sought Mandela Rhodes scholarship in February 2019 while he was still on his MSc Stroke Medicine program at University College London. The applications go through three strict and competitive stages before a final face-to-face interview in Cape Town. Yohane sailed through all these stages to emerge as a Mandela Rhodes scholar.


“Upon completion, I want to become a consultant neurologist and clinical scientist. I am currently involved in the setting up of Malawi's first stroke unit at QECH and defining the care pathways. While in training in South Africa, I will continue contributing to research endeavours within the stroke unit or any other neurological studies,” he said.


Congratulations, Yohane!


Dr. Jamie Rylance Appointed Deputy Head of Clinical Sciences at LSTM

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The group lead for Lung Health at MLW Dr. Jamie Rylance was recently promoted to Deputy Head of Clinical Sciences at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). The details of his appointment are below:

Date of appointment: 1st August 2019

Role: Deputising for the Head at LSTM (Daniela Ferreira), and specifically trying to make the  Department of Clinical Sciences more relevant to LSTM employees not based in the UK (including Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Nepal and elsewhere).
Many people in MLW are part of DoCS, but don’t really understand what that means – it is irrelevant to most of their work and could be seen as an unwanted added layer of bureaucracy. I’d like to change that perception by improving the DoCS-MLW relationship in a number of areas:

1. Communication: DoCS is one of the departments which interfaces with senior management at LSTM through the “management committee”. The remit is very broad, and covers human resources, budgeting, new projects and strategy; policies which have a direct impact on LSTM’s partners. I’d like DoCS members to feel that they understand the senior decisions, and have an opportunity to have their opinions heard.

2. Staff development: The relationship between DoCS and MLW might frequently overlap. For those DoCS members, there are resources available to support travel and development where it is strategically useful. I would like MLW-based people to access these more frequently and effectively.

3. Institutional policies: There are so many policies relating to how we work, many which are particularly relevant to clinical research. For those funded through LSTM, there is an inherited responsibility to adhere to their policies, in addition to local MLW ones. But I couldn’t name them, and even if I knew what I was looking for, it would take me ages to find them. I’d like to ensure that we are not creating new policies through DoCS, but making the system more efficient for those who need to follow them, including ensuring that MLW-specific issues are brought to light in Liverpool during the development of anything new.

Congratulations, Dr. Rylance!