HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis
Dr Kenneth Ssebambulidde MBChB MSc Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Kenneth obtained his medical training from the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University and an MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a distinguished academic performer who graduated top of his medical school cohort, was selected on merit to undertake an elective at Yale University School of Medicine and completed his MSc at the London School with a distinction. He currently works as a medical officer in the research department at the Infectious Diseases Institute, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. He is interested in the immunological basis of disease with particular interest in the link between communicable and non-communicable diseases. His research is related to the association of abnormal cholesterol levels and pathogenesis of infections. For his Fellowship, he aims to learn analytical skills ranging from lab-bench work, to grant applications looking to understand the basis of inflammatory responses during Cryptococcal meningitis treatment in an HIV negative patient population. These skills will then be utilized on returning to Uganda where he will study immune responses in HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis aiming to find a pathway that can be targeted by immune modulating drugs.