University of Washington/University of Nairobi/KEMRI
Kenya Tuberculosis Research & Training Program (KTRTP)
In order to catalyze research projects and discoveries in tuberculosis (TB) research, the Kenya TB Research & Training Program (KTRTP) was established in late 2019 through a grant from the Firland Foundation. The KTRTP is a collaboration between investigators at the Tuberculosis Research & Training Center (TRTC) and the UW Kenya Research and Training Center (KRTC), both at the University of Washington, and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the University of Nairobi (UoN).
The TRTC was established in 2017 with a mission to provide training and educational opportunities, foster clinical- and basic-science collaborative research, and create a hub for local investigators to come together and catalyze TB research opportunities for investigators in Seattle. The KRTC has fostered collaborations between UW and Kenya investigators for over 30 years on a variety of research topics including HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. The KTRTP develops TB-specific resources that harness the strengths of both the TRTC and the KRTC.
The KTRTP supports TB research and training by bringing together investigators in Kenya and Seattle; and is co-directed by researchers from the University of Washington (Drs. Sylvia LaCourse, David Horne, and Tom Hawn) and Kenya (Dr. Videlis Nduba at KEMRI and Dr. Lisa Obimbo at UoN). The KTRTP provides opportunities for Seattle area and Kenyan trainees and faculty to foster and create collaborative research projects and capacity development to address research gaps and bottlenecks. The KTRTP leverages a long history of successful UW-Kenya partnerships in biomedical research and fosters new local and international TB opportunities to address one of the leading causes of worldwide mortality.
As part of the KTRTP, a D43 training grant called TB-HIV Training Program (TBHTP) has been successfully funded to increase the capacity of the University of Nairobi (UoN) and KEMRI to conduct HIV-TB co-infection research. The TBHTP will implement a long-term training degree-earning track, a medium-term training non-degree track, and a short-term training track that will offer one-week workshops and online courses. Learn more about the TBHTP here.
For inquiries about the KTRTP or the TBHTP collaborative opportunities, please contact Tom Hawn at firstname.lastname@example.org
KTRTP launch February 2020, Nairobi, Kenya