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Research Capacity Building Cohort III Awardees – Spring 2024

Congratulations to our third Cohort of the ISID Research Capacity Building Grant for Spring 2024! Thank you to everyone who showed interest. Kudos to the recipients and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish with their research! 🎉

• Melissa Nkeng Asongha, Centre for Infection Biology and Tropical Health (CIBITH), Forzi Institute, Cameroon
Project: Unraveling the hidden burden of Female Genital Schistosomiasis in rural Chad
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• Tiofack Zebaze Arnol Auvaker, University Dschang, Cameroon
Project: Development of point-of-care Isothermal Recombinase Polymerase amplification detecting Schistosoma haematobium cell-free DNA in urine samples for the diagnostic of urinary schistosomiasis
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• Jonathan Kalungi, Makerere University, Uganda
Project: Candida auris colonization and antifungal susceptibility patterns among intensive care patients at Mulago Hospital
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• Nakitto Irene Kisakye, Kabale University, Uganda
Project: Investigating the knowledge and practices of Village Health Teams regarding rational use of anti-malarial drugs in children under five years in Uganda
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• Anurag Kushwaha, Banaras Hindu University, India
Project: Sustaining India's efforts to eliminate Visceral Leishmaniasis by mitigating insecticide resistance in sand flies
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• Nicholus Nanyeenya, Lubaga Hospital, Uganda
Project: Characterizing and exploring the barriers and facilitators to the uptake of infection prevention and control (IPC) measures, and determining the effectiveness of an IPC community-of-practice, using peer-to-peer mentorships in enhancing the uptake of IPC measures in Central Uganda
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• Md Abu Jaher Nayeem, International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Bangladesh
Project: Dysregulation of gut microbiota and mycobiota in patients with chronic diarrhoea: A pilot study
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• Joel Paul, University of Jos, Nigeria
Project: Molecular Characterization of a Novel Plasmodium falciparum Trap-like Protein as a Potential Vaccine Candidate Against Malaria Infections in Jos, Nigeria
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• Vahatra Joëlle Razafimahefa, Pathology Department, Andrainjato University Hospital, Madagascar
Project: Tracing tuberculosis cross species transmission in an emblematic cattle breeding region of South- eastern Madagascar
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• Kabirat Sulaiman, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Nigeria
Project: Addressing the Diagnostic Hurdle of Schistosoma haematobium in Resource-Constrained Regions: Harnessing Fasciola-Derived Antigens for Urogenital Schistosomiasis Detection
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