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INTERGROWTH-21st course on maternal, fetal and newborn growth monitoring

INTERGROWTH-21st course on maternal, fetal and newborn growth monitoring is a free, online, open access training course developed by INTERGROWTH-21st, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Oxford, Harvard Maternal Health Taskforce, The Global Health Network and the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

Posted on January 13, 2017

Global Competency Framework for Clinical Research

The TDR Global Competency Framework for Clinical Research is a flexible framework which lists all the competencies that should be demonstrated by a research team to carry out a successful clinical study. The framework can be applied to any clinical research study, regardless of the size of the team, place, disease focus and type of research. Together with its supporting tools, the framework can be used to plan staffing requirements for a study, to carry out appraisals of staff, to guide career development, and to create educational curricula for research staff. 

Posted on November 14, 2016

EDCTP Newsletter May 2016

Download the EDCTP Newsletter for May 2016

Posted on May 25, 2016

Dr Michael Makanga designated as next EDCTP Executive Director

During its last meeting, the General Assembly of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) selected Dr Michael Makanga to succeed Professor Charles Mgone as Executive Director. Prof. Mgone, who has been Executive Director for eight years, had decided to step down at the end of 2015 in order to pursue other interests. Dr Makanga will take up his role from 1 January 2016.

Posted on July 14, 2015

EDCTP Newsletter May 2015

Please find the May 2015 update from EDCTP, including the current grant calls expiring 18th June 2015 and the communication from the outgoing EDCTP ED, Prof. Charles Mgone.........

Posted on June 1, 2015

Global Health Trials celebrates fifth birthday by thanking its contributors

11 May 2015 marked a major achievement, the fifth birthday of global health research community, Global Health Trials. The outstanding success of this initiative is owed to its diverse, international body of researchers who contribute their time and research experience to build research capacity; using the Global Health Trials platform as a tool for success.

Global Health Trials (www.globalhealthtrials.org) is an online community of practice, where researchers working in global health come together to share their knowledge about how to conduct health research, with the aim of enabling the generation of life-saving evidence in places and situation where research is difficult and rarely happens. It works because it is free and it’s a neutral and truly collaborative space, making it unique; scientists are well known for not sharing how they do their work!

Posted on May 12, 2015

African Leaders Endorse a Science Funding Platform for Africa: the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA)

In a key development for scientific and health research in Africa, the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, endorsed the establishment of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) - a platform created by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the NEPAD Agency. This pan-African platform offers an opportunity for the long-term development of research leadership, scientific excellence and innovation that impact on Africa’s developmental challenges.

Posted on April 1, 2015

6th Advanced Course on Diagnostics (ACDx)

Foundation Merieux in France and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in UK have scheduled a cutting-edge and advanced course on diagnostic tools for deploying in resource-limited settings between 6 and 11 September 2015 in France for 50 participants and there will be 35 competitive scholarships. Please find your application form before or by 30th March 2015.

 

Posted on March 19, 2015

Advanced GCP Workshop Course

The GCP advanced research course of its ethical conduct under best practices organized by EACCR partners, KEMRI-CDC, Kisumu is scheduled for 2nd—3rd February 2015. It targets PIs, Research Managers, Trial Coordinators, Trial monitors and Postgraduate students at a tuition fee of $390 per person. No scholarships available, so sponsorship has to be sought elsewhere. Download PDF for more information

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Posted on January 6, 2015

New eLearning Course - Essential Elements of Ethics

This free and open access e-Learning resource has been adapted from the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center at Harvard University (Harvard MRCTEthics Tool Kit. The Ethics Tool Kit was created to encourage protocol authors to address ethical issues in the design of studies and document their rationale in a section of the protocol that will be easily understood by review boards and investigators. This e-Learning resource will guide the development of a dedicated “Ethics section” of the protocol in which these Essential Elements are addressed or cross-referenced to other sections of the protocol. This tool will enable a quality and efficient review of a protocol’s ethical considerations by ethics committees. 

 

Read more here: https://globalhealthtrainingcentre.tghn.org/essential-elements-ethics/

Posted on December 9, 2014

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Call For Proposals

EDCTP-TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowships

Open for applications: 31 October 2014

Deadline for applications: 30 January 2015, 16:00 (GMT)

Background

Researchers from low and middle-income countries (LMICs) who are involved in clinical research projects have limited opportunities to acquire experience and develop skills for conducting clinical trials outside of an academic or public sector setting. EDCTP and Tropical Disease Research (TDR) have decided to jointly implement a fellowship scheme that will support researchers to obtain these skills, while ensuring synergies between researchers and clinical staff, pharmaceutical companies, product development partnerships (PDPs) and research institutions. This partnership will have a leverage effect on the number of individuals trained, resulting in an increased impact on research and development capacity in LMICs.

Posted on December 4, 2014

Joint Health Systems Research Initiative (JHSRI) Call proposals for health systems research grants

How to apply and assessment criteria; Outline proposals

Research grants are focused projects usually up to 3 years’ duration with a maximum of 5 years duration. There are no set budget limits; small and larger-scale projects are invited. As a guide, applicants should note that approximately £4m is available for Research Grants under this call and the funders would like to fund 5-10 projects. Value for money is an important part of the assessment criteria. 

Funding for projects awarded under this call for proposals is jointly provided by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust (WT). 

MRC administer the call for proposals on behalf of the funders and so all applications should be submitted to the MRC and will be awarded according to MRC Terms and Conditions. 

General information about how to apply to the MRC can be found in the MRC Guidance for Applicants and Award Holders

http://www.mrc.ac.uk/documents/pdf/guidance-for-applicants-and-award-holders/

Where guidance in the present document differs from that in the MRC Guidance for Applicants and Award Holders, you should follow the direction in this present, scheme specific, document.

The first submission deadline for both application types is 16:00 Greenwich Mean Time on Thursday 5th February 2015
Download full Document below

Posted on November 19, 2014

5th Annual East African Health and Scientific Conference & International Health Exhibition and Trade Fair

We are pleased to invite you to the 5th Annual East African Health and Scientific Conference & International Health Exhibition and Trade Fair, to be held at the Commonwealth Speke Resort Hotel & Conference Centre, Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda, from Wednesday, 25th to Friday, 27th March 2015. The aim of the Conference is to facilitate dissemination of recent scientific findings, inform policy makers and programmers, and provide a platform for wide ranging multi-disciplinary discussions.

Posted on September 26, 2014

SIB PhD Fellowship programme – Call for applications 2014

It is our pleasure to announce the SIB Fellowship programme, which aims to train outstanding bioinformatics PhD students as well as promote bioinformatics research for the life sciences.

Posted on September 16, 2014

EU approves EDCTP2 (2014-2024) and some African states join its General Assembly

For more infomartion download the attachments 

Posted on June 20, 2014

International health research monitoring

International health researchmonitoring: exploring a scientific and a cooperative approach using participatory action research. for more information download the PDF

Posted on April 8, 2014

Common Wealth Distance Learning scholarships 2014

Posted on March 19, 2014

EDCTP Senior Fellow awarded MRC/DFID African Research Leader Fellowship for the next 5 years!

05 August 2013
The Centre for Global Mental health, in collaboration with Dr Eugene Kinyanda, coordinator of the Mental Health Project at the MRC in Uganda, has been awarded the joint UK Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development prestigious African Research Leader award. The MRC/ DFID jointly funded scheme, which provides support for up to five years, aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA. The award was granted to the Centre and Dr. Kinyanda to support the Mental health among HIV infected Children and Adolescents in Kampala and Masaka, Uganda (CHAKA) project. The vision of CHAKA is to generate evidence to inform the development of mental health services for children & adolescents with HIV/AIDS. The specific objectives are to:
-Establish prevalence, incidence & risk factors of PD
-Describe impact of PD on adverse health and social outcomes
-Describe unmet needs for care & views on how these could be met

The project will include a cohort study (N = 1,260) which will assess psychiatric diagnosis, neurocognitive functioning and socio-demographic, psychosocial, clinical & biological data. CHAKA will also include a nested qualitative study (N = 48), involving individual semi-structured interviews at baseline and 12 months in order to gain an understanding of the diagnosis, help-seeking, unmet needs & expectations and care received. CGMH Co-director Prof. Vikram Patel and CGMH Research Collaboration Manager Dr. Tatiana Taylor Salisbury will be the PI and co-applicant of the project respectively, and will thus provide mentoring, input into the project design and general oversight of the project implementation.

http://www.centreforglobalmentalhealth.org/news-events/news

Posted on August 28, 2013

European Commission mentions new EDCTP-Plus funds for transition to EDCTP-2

Next EDCTP programme to continue delivering life-saving solutions for sub-Saharan Africa
Date: 2013-07-25
 
Preparations are underway for a second phase of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership programme (EDCTP2, 2014-2024), which is expected to start in the course of 2014 as part of the EU's Horizon 2020 research funding programme.

This phase will carry on the life-saving work of the first programme (EDCTP1, 2003-2012), which aimed to accelerate the development of new or improved drugs, vaccines, microbicides and diagnostics against poverty-related diseases, more specifically on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. It funded clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on phase II and III of clinical development. EDCTP1 also supported capacity building and networking in order to create an enabling environment for conducting these trials in sub-Saharan Africa in line with international and European standards of scientific, ethical and clinical conduct.

Posted on August 23, 2013

MSc in Epidemiology & Applied BioStatistics

MSc in Epidemiology & Applied BioStatistics
Tumaini College, KCMC
2 year course stating October 2013

Course organiser: Jenny Renju (Dept of Epi and Biostatistics, KCMU College).
 
This is a 2 year course, leading to a Masters qualification, is designed to cover the basic concepts of epidemiology and many advanced techniques in Biostatistics. The successful graduate will be prepared for a job in research, or in an academic institution.  There is a shortage of trained BioStatisticians in East Africa, and this course is designed to help train personnel to fill that gap.  Much of the course material for the MSc and Epidemiology and Applied Biostatistics has been adapted from courses run in LSHTM, and some modules are delivered by lecturers from LSHTM.

For more information see attached document.

Posted on August 23, 2013

EDCTP regional networks of excellence

Abstract
Background: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and combating hotspots with escalating but
preventable communicable diseases remain major challenges in Africa. The European and Developing Countries
Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) intervened to combat poverty-related diseases including malaria, tuberculosis and
HIV/AIDS, and to conduct multi-centre clinical trials and multi-disciplinary health research through an innovative
model of regional Networks of Excellence (NoEs).


Methods: We participated in a quasi-formative evaluation between October and December 2011 on the 4 regionalled
research networks. These included the: Central Africa Network on Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Malaria (CANTAM);
East African Consortium for Clinical Research (EACCR); West African Network of Excellence for TB, AIDS and Malaria
(WANETAM), and the Trials of Excellence for Southern Africa (TESA) launched between 2009 and 2010. We shared a
participatory appraisal of field reports, progress reports and presentations from each network to jointly outline the
initial experiences of the merits, outputs and lessons learnt.


Results: The self-regulating democratic networks, with 64 institutions in 21 African countries, have trained over 1,
000 African scientists, upgraded 36 sites for clinical trials, leveraged additional € 24 million and generated 38 peerreviewed
publications through networking and partnerships.


Conclusions: The shared initial merits and lessons learnt portray in part the strengthened capacity of these
networks for improved research coordination and conduct of planned multi-center clinical trials in Africa. Increased
funding by African agencies, governments and international health partners will ensure sustainability of these
networks for research capacity development and demonstrate their commitment to achieving the MDGs in Africa.
Keywords: Regional networks, Health, Clinical trials, Research, Capacity-building, Africa

Posted on May 10, 2013

One-Day Clinical Research Skills Sharing Workshop near Kampala

Clinical Trials in East Africa: A One Day Skills-Sharing Workshop

Thursday February 14th, 2013


Sanctum apartment – hotel conference hall in Entebbe; P.O. Box 6432 Kampala - Uganda
A free one day workshop open to everyone involved in Clinical Trials in Uganda and East Africa
This all-day workshop is a partnership between Global Health Trials and the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and East African Consortium for Clinical Research (EACCR). The aim is to bring together all those involved in different types of trials across all diseases and locations in order to share knowledge, experience, tools and build a professional network between clinical trial investigators and staff in East Africa. We welcome all those involved in any type of clinical research, from the public or private sector.
Talks will include:

•    Strategies for attracting and maintaining the pharmaceutical industry and northern partners in conducting clinical trials in Uganda – Professor Eric Sandstrom
•    Establishing a clinical trial facility in Uganda – Dr Noah Kiwanuka
•    Research ethics and clinical trials in Uganda – Dr Mbidde
•    Innovative strategies for effective monitoring of clinical trials in resource-limited settings– Annet Nanvubya /Elizabeth Ayuo
•    Role of data management and DSMCs in clinical trials – Professor J Levin
•    Statistics for clinical researchers; strengthening the role of the East African Data Professionals network - Dan Kajungu
•    Global Health Trials: how you can use this free online facility to facilitate your work - TBC
•    Clinical Research in Traditional Medicines: MUTHI – Dr Merlin Willcox

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The meeting is free to attend - prior registration is essential. To register please contact: info@globalhealthtrials.org


We regret that travel expenses and accommodation cannot be met by the organisers.

Posted on January 17, 2013

MSc in Epidemiology & Applied BioStatistics

MSc in Epidemiology & Applied BioStatistics
Tumaini College, KCMC
2 year course stating October 2012

Course organiser: Jim Todd (Dept of Epi and Biostatistics, KCMU College).

This is a 2 year course, leading to a Masters qualification, is designed to cover the basic concepts of epidemiology and many advanced techniques in Biostatistics. The successful graduate will be prepared for a job in research, or in an academic institution. There is a shortage of trained BioStatisticians in East Africa, and this course is designed to help train personnel to fill that gap. Much of the course material has been adapted from courses run in LSHTM, and some modules are delivered by lecturers from LSHTM

Applicants must have a first degree in medicine, or statistics, with a good knowledge of science, and scientific research. The course is open to all nationalities on an equal basis, without discrimination on sex, age or religion. International applications are welcome.

Course overview. This course will be taught over 2 years.
The first three months will be a foundation course covering core concepts in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Research Methods, and an introduction to various computer packages, including Epi-Info, Access and Stata. The following two months will be devoted to epidemiological concepts, Epidemiology of Communicable and Non-Communicable diseases, Surveillance and Screening Diagnostics.

The second term will start with standard statistical techniques (linear regression, logistic regression, Poisson regression, survival analysis). These modules will include lectures, practicals, and challenge students to use the techniques to analyse a prepared dataset. The second half of the term will be devoted to the preparation for the research project. Students will be encouraged to do their project with a recognized research institution, outside of KCMC in order to develop their ideas and work.

The second year will start with a three month field rotation placement. Students would be expected to work with different sections within a research organization outside of KCMC, in order to gain wider understanding of data processes, and data analysis. The next three months of the second year will cover some advanced statistical techniques (Likelihood, Survey methods, Multi-level models and concepts in modeling statistical data). Students will be expected to practice their techniques using a prepared dataset. The final part of the second year will be to complete the research project. The analysis and interpretation of their data could be done outside of KCMC with submission at the end of the term.

Many of the modules covering epidemiological concepts, standard statistical techniques, and the advanced statistical techniques will also be offered as short, stand-alone courses available to external students from outside of KCMC.

More information on the course, and the fees for the course available at www.kcmuco.ac.tz. A limited number of fees only scholarships are available for this course.

The Epidemiology and Applied Biostatistics MSc at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College is supported by the THRiVE consortium.

Posted on August 3, 2012

Discovery & Delivery of New Paradigms for Global Health: Travel Scholarships

RSTMH is offering a small number of travel scholarships for young investigators to attend and
present at its forthcoming three-day meeting ‘Discovery and Delivery of New Paradigms for
Global Health.

this closes 2nd July 2012. For more information, please visit:
http://www.rstmh.org/travel-scholarships-available-rstmh-biennial-meeting-warwick-19-21-september-2012

Posted on June 22, 2012

One Day Skills-Sharing workshop in Dar es Salaam on Clinical Trials in Tanzania - all welcome, free to attend (but please register!)

We are very pleased to announce that a one-day skills-sharing workshop on clinical trials in Tanzania will be run on the 12th July in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It is aimed at all clinical research staff and as such has a fantastic and varied programme. Please see the attached the poster for the workshop, below. It is free to attend, and run by Global Health Trials, NIMR and EACCR.

If you're interested in coming, please make sure you email info@globalhealthtrials.org to register, or for more information!

Thanks and hoping to see you there,

the Editorial Team

Posted on June 21, 2012

Global Forum for Health Research 2012 Forum

Forum 2012 is the beginning of an exciting new series of the well-known and respected Global Forum for Health Research meetings, facilitated by COHRED and the Global Forum for Health Research under the theme of ”Beyond Aid… Research and Innovation as key drivers for Health, Equity and Development". Forum 2012 will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, 24-26 April 2012. 

Posted on February 17, 2012

TB Partnership looking for Trial Sites

TB Partnership looking for Trial Sites - The Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens (CPTR) - The partnership Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens (CPTR) is looking for clinical trial sites in countries with a high burden for TB to work with them on new trials for TB treatments. For more information, please view the article and respond to the email address provided here: http://ght.globalhealthehub.org/articles/tb-partnership-looking-trial-sites-critical-path-tb-drug-regimens-cptr/ 

Posted on January 10, 2012