22 February 2016

Uganda: Makerere Lecturer Wins Award On HIV Research

Flavia Kiweewa Matovu, a Cohort 4 CARTA fellow at Uganda's Makerere University, has won a grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) worth $625,000.

The grant targets international Research in infectious diseases, including Aids (R01). An R01 is one of the most competitive sources of NIH funding, which includes direct support to independent investigators who wish to establish their research careers.

Getting an R01 grant is an enormous step in any scientist's professional development.

"I am humbled. I feel greatly honored and challenged by this award," said Matovu.

"This is a result of what I have actually learned from the CARTA, fellowship. Through CARTA I have learned to be the best I can and the grant will give me an opportunity to carve my niche as a research leader."

Flavia was awarded this grant as the principal investigator and will lead the study on "The impact of the hormonal contraception Depo-Provera and the anti-retroviral drug Tenofovir on bone density/bone health in young women in Uganda."

"I am pleased with the progress made so far with our fellows in their quest to become research leaders," said Dr Alex Ezeh, the CARTA director. "Our fellows are high achievers in whatever they do. They are already attracting grant money and with many of them completing their doctoral studies, this trend is likely to continue."

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