Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)

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KEMRI is a state corporation that was established in 1979 charged with the responsibility of carrying out human health research in Kenya. Its mission is to improve the quality of human health and life through research. KEMRI achieves this goal through cooperation and collaboration with relevant local, regional and international organisations and institutions of higher learning. As a member of the Kenyan Medical Science Advisory Research Committee, KEMRI advises the government on matters pertaining to research policies and priorities. There are four Research Programme Committees which oversee all the research activities of the Institute. Among them is the Parasitic Diseases Research Programme Committee, where matters geared towards reducing the malaria burden are handled. KEMRI also has 10 scientific and technical committees which help in the running of its research activities. Among these committees are the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), Ethical Review Committee (ERC) and Publications Committee (PC). Currently, there are 14 Research Centres and Programmes that constitute KEMRI, each with a specific research area of national and/or strategic importance. Among these centres is the Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR). 

 

Principal Investigator: Dr Bryson Alberto Ndenga

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Bryson Alberto Ndenga has been working on malaria in western Kenya for the last 10 years at CGHR of KEMRI. He has worked both on larval and adult ecology of malaria vectors and their control, and malaria transmission both in urban and rural setups. Currently, he is the PI on a study on the “Ecological characterisation of Anopheles larval habitats and their distribution in western Kenya highlands”, funded both by TDR and Valent Biosciences Corporation - USA. He is experienced in project operations and is skilled in entomological and parasitological techniques, Geographical Information Systems and data analysis including spatial analysis.