Professor Alison Elliott
Makerere University and UVRI (MUII-plus)
Professor Alison Elliott from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who is based at UVRI, will lead the £4.7 million programme that will involve African scientists and institutions leading the strengthening of research and training in infection and immunity research.
Makerere University and the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) will offer fellowships for training African research leaders in bioinformatics, immunity and infectious diseases. Their research will focus on infectious diseases including parasitology, the interactions between infection and non-communicable diseases, and emerging and re-emerging infections - particularly zoonoses.
In addition to having a strong research track record in immunology and infectious diseases, she has supervised and trained many students directly through existing programmes.
Fellowships will cover all career levels and will expand the current infection and immunity research and training programme at Makerere University and UVRI (MUII), which has already leveraged significant funding for further research.
Fellows will also engage in outreach through local and regional partners including the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre, the Kenya Medical Research Institute, the MRC Unit in The Gambia and the Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné in Gabon.
MUII-plus attracts bright young biomedical researchers in Uganda and provides access to some of the best labs and research support in East Africa. It also provides access to collaborations with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Cambridge University, and other leading international centres.