Partner Details

Location: Mbarara

Partner University: Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Length of Time as a Partner: since 2007

Program Time Frames: 3 weeks to a semester

Envisioned Research Projects: lab based Malaria research, sexual and reproductive health in very young adolescents, international health experience for medical residents, community health, gender studies

Research Goals: 

Program History

The Mbarara University of Science and Technology - University of Virginia research and training collaboration (MUVa) started in 2007 under the leadership of Dr. Christopher C. Moore. Since then Dr. Moore and the UVa Center for Global Health have supported physicians in training at MUST to complete the research aspect of their Masters of Medicine degree.  This has led to seven MUST first authored published manuscripts.  Internal Medicine residents in the Uva Global Health Leadership Track have the option to obtain international health experience at MUST and partner with MUST MMeds to plan and conduct research protocols.  Researchers can also benefit from the Epicentre Mbarara Research Base for studies on malaria. 

CGH has also partnered with the MUST Institute for Interdisciplinary Training and Research to provide UVa students with diverse opportunities in research and training in fields including community health, reproductive health in very young adolescents, gender studies, religious studies, and development studies among other fields of study.  

An official MoU between the universities was signed when the MUST Vice Chancellor Professor Kayanja and PRO Dennis Lukaaya traveled to UVa in April 2014.  Dr. Moore was named a Visiting Professor at MUST at the same time.

Current Projects

As part of the Global Health Leadership track, residents have the option to obtain international health experience at MUST.

This is a prospective cohort to describe clinical characteristics, predictors of poor outcomes both during hospitalization and at home, functional status and quality of life among patients aged 13years or more, consecutively admitted with acute decompensated heart failure in the cardiology unit of the Medical ward at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.

The purpose of this study is twofold. First, it will seek to evaluate biomass fuel exposure as an ESCC risk factor by comparing personal carbon monoxide exposure among ESCC patients to that of age and gender matched controls with normal esophageal epithelia. Second, it will seek to examine food preparation methods and dietary patterns as risk factors for ESCC in southwestern Uganda.

The objectives of this study are to assess the prevalence of various cardiovascular risk factors (hypertension, obesity, dyslipidemia, and diabetes mellitus) and to evaluate behavioral and socioeconomic determinants of cardiovascular risk factors by assessing diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol use and socioeconomic status in older HIV positive and negative adults in Mbarara municipality, Southwestern Uganda.

The project is a community-based research project to explore sexual and reproductive health needs of very young adolescents, ages 10-14, in rural Uganda using individual interviews, focus groups, and photovoice methods to improve our understanding of the strengths and risks these adolescents experience that impact their health and development. 

In collboration with Epicentre Research Center, students use molecular techniques including PCR to identify various gene mutations that confer drug resistance to the malaria parasite

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Mbarara is a district in Western Uganda and located approximately 5 hours by car from Kampala and approximately 4 hours by car from Kigali, Rwanda.