John Wood, Mike Chirenje, Gene Morse, James Hakim, Chiedza
Maponga (Left to Right)
UB’s Center for Integrated Biomedical Sciences hosted
scientific leadership groups from the University of Zimbabwe and
the University of the West Indies in June. These events marked the
official launch of the Center and each visit included an opening
session to provide an overview of the Center and highlight the
ongoing activities with each of these global partners. The morning
sessions were followed by tours of UB’s growing research
centers on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
University of Zimbabwe team visits UB: The University of
Zimbabwe visiting team included Professor James Hakim, Professor Z.
Michael Chirenjie and Professor Charles Chiedza Maponga. Professors
Hakim and Chirenjie represented the Vice Chancellor of the
University of Zimbabwe, as well as the Dean of the College of
Health Sciences. Professor Hakim has extensive clinical research
experience, having led key HIV trials in Africa and he directs the
Clinical Research Center. Professor Chirenjie is Principal
Investigator of UZ’s NIH-funded, HIV Clinical Trials Center.
Professor Maponga is director of the School of Pharmacy and
Co-Principal Investigator on the UB-UZ HIV Research Training
Program funded by the NIH Fogarty International Center.
In Zimbabwe, Center for Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Launches the UB-UZ HIV Research Training Program recently announced
by the NIH Fogarty International Center: During an evening
program in the University of Zimbabwe Research Support Center, the
HIV Research Training Program was officially launched. The program
included remarks by the Vice Chancellor, Levi Nyagura that were
conveyed by Professor Pedzisai Mashiri, the Pro Vice Chancellor and
Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe.
Additional words of praise were provide by Dean Midion Chidzonga of
the College of Health Sciences. An overview of the new HIV Research
Training Program award as well as the new UB Center for Integrated
Global Biomedical Sciences was provided by Professor Gene Morse.
The new program will include the recruitment of PhD and
postdoctoral fellows, both of these are anticipated to have a
significant impact on peer reviewed research at the University of
Zimbabwe. The fellowship program will be the first at UZ in the
College of Health Sciences and will develop new models for young
faculty research training. The evening concluded with Words of
Thanks from Professor Charles Chiedza Maponga, UZ’s Co-PI on
the award. Professor Maponga thanked many individuals at the
University of Zimbabwe for their support and he pleased the
audience with the announcement of plans to finalize a Center of
Excellence in Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
that would begin the foundation for a Cancer and Virology Research
Institute at the University of Zimbabwe. These presentations
highlighted the outstanding influence the prior AITRP had within
the university and the college, with growth in faculty research,
publications, new grants and recruitment efforts that filled vacant
faculty lines within the College.