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November 27, 2023 Leadership

Prof. Moses L Joloba Hands Over Dean's Office School of Biomedical Sciences to Associate Prof. David P Kateete
November 27th, 2023. Prof. Moses L. Joloba (Right) Hands Over Dean’s Office School of Biomedical Sciences to Associate Prof. David P Kateete (Left)

In a ceremonious transition, Prof. Moses L. Joloba, the Managing Director of Makerere University Biomedical Research Center (MakBRC), bid farewell to his role as the Dean of the School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. The distinguished baton has been passed on to Associate Prof. David P. Kateete, marking a significant shift in the leadership landscape of the institution.

The handover ceremony was a testament to the commitment and dedication exhibited by Prof. Joloba during his tenure. With an illustrious career marked by pioneering research, academic excellence, and administrative prowess, Prof. Joloba steered the School of Biomedical Sciences toward remarkable achievements and global recognition.

Under his stewardship, the School witnessed a transformative period marked by innovative research initiatives, capacity-building programs, collaborations, and a commitment to advancing biomedical sciences. Prof. Joloba’s strategic vision and unwavering commitment to academic excellence have left an indelible mark on the institution’s legacy.

Expressing gratitude for the trust and support bestowed upon him during his tenure, Prof. Joloba emphasized the collective efforts of the faculty, staff, and students that propelled the School’s accomplishments. He conveyed his confidence in the capable leadership of Associate Prof. Kateete and extended his best wishes for the continued growth and success of the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Incoming Dean, Associate Prof. David P. Kateete, brings with him a wealth of experience and a stellar academic background. His expertise in biomedical sciences and a passion for education and research position him as a formidable successor poised to lead the School toward new horizons of excellence.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the new role, Associate Prof. Kateete acknowledged the legacy left by Prof. Joloba. He articulated his commitment to building upon the foundation laid by his predecessor, fostering a culture of innovation, and nurturing a conducive environment for academic and research pursuits.

The transition marks an exciting chapter in the School of Biomedical Sciences’ journey, heralding continuity in pursuing academic distinction and groundbreaking research initiatives. As the baton changes hands, the school anticipates continued growth and contributions to the entire Makerere University community under the capable leadership of Associate Prof. Kateete.

The handover ceremony stands as a testament to the institution’s commitment to academic excellence and signifies a seamless transition towards an even brighter future for biomedical research and education at Makerere University.


September 12, 2023 Short Course

18-22 September 2023

We recognise that cancer is a worldwide problem and that global collaborations will likely provide the best solutions. Since 2018, the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI) and the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) have been working together to share knowledge and resources.

We are pleased to announce that this year we will be running a Summer School in Kampala, to build on the success of the joint Summer Research Programme.

Created in collaboration with Dr Nixon Niyonzima, Head of Research and Training at the UCI, and Dr Paul Katongele, Prof Benon Asiimwe and Dr David Kateete at Makerere University, the Summer School is designed to reach a wide audience and is open to both staff and students.

Between 18-22 September 2023, researchers from the CRUK CI will deliver 5 days of lectures and practical workshops at the Department of Immunology and Molecular Biology at Makerere University, demonstrating state-of-the-art technologies and concepts, all designed to align with ongoing research projects at the UCI.

To attend any of these lectures or workshops, you must register to attend. Places will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

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September 6, 2023 Public Talk

We are delighted to invite you to the upcoming educational webinar hosted by the European, Middle Eastern & African Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking (ESBB) titled “Biobanks in Africa: Unlocking Biotech Potential – A Ugandan Edition.” This engaging event will provide valuable insights into the vital role of biobanks in the African context, with a special focus on Uganda.

Date: 19 September 
 15:00 CEST
Register Here.

Our distinguished speakers, Bonginkosi Duma and Sharley Melissa Aloyo, are experts in the field of biobanking and will share their knowledge and experiences, shedding light on the significance of high-quality biospecimens in the development and evaluation of diagnostic tests, as well as the biotech potential within Uganda’s biobanking landscape.

This webinar is an excellent opportunity for researchers, healthcare professionals, biobanking enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the pivotal role biobanks play in advancing healthcare and biotechnology.

Mark your calendar for September 19th at 15:00 PM CEST – we eagerly look forward to your participation!


July 29, 2023 Public Talk
The Chair, Department of Immunology and Molecular Biology invites you to be part of  Prof. Christina Lancioni’s Immunology talk scheduled for August 8th 2023.
Below are the details and zoom link for this event
Dr. Christina Lancioni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, USA. Dr. Lancioni received her medical education at the University of Pennsylvania, completed her Pediatric Residency at Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC., and her training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Case Western Reserve University. She is a physician-scientist, providing clinical care to children hospitalized with severe infectious diseases, as well as the principal investigator of a NIH-funded translational immunology laboratory. Her current research focuses on the intersections between early life immunity and vulnerability to infectious diseases, specifically Tuberculosis, as well as the role of nutrition in shaping pediatric immunity. Dr.
Lancioni has collaborated for over 15 years with Ugandan-based investigators on studies focusing on the immunobiology of Tuberculosis, as well as several recent studies focusing on identifying determinants of survival for infants hospitalized during the first 2 months of life.
Title: Interactions between Nutrition, environmental exposures, and Immunity in early life and their consequences for child health.

Date: Tuesday, 8th August 2023

Time: 8:00 am-10:00 am
Venue: Mak-CHS Microbiology laboratory Lecture room and online
Speaker: Prof. Christina Lancioni, MD
    Meeting ID:91892731204

Password: 246295

Attendance: Undergraduate and postgraduate students, clinicians, researchers

Chair: Dr.Obondo J.Sande, PhD


June 15, 2023 Public Talk

The iTech Project, Makerere University Hospital invites you to a Talk on Advances in Imaging and Clinical Application in Obstetrics;

The talk will be given by Prof. Aris T. Papageorghiou, an Academic, Clinician-Scientist, and Inventor. He is an expert in maternal-fetal medicine with special interests in global maternal and perinatal health, fetal growth and development, pre-eclampsia, ultrasound screening, invasive and non-invasive prenatal diagnosis, and fetal therapy

Topics: Advances in Imaging and Clinical Application in Obstetrics

Date: Tomorrow Thursday 15th June 2023

Time: 9:30 am

Venue: Online & Kawempe National Referral Hospital

Join via Zoom – See the link below;

Moderator: Prof. Josephat Byamugisha, Director, Makerere University Hospital


Send Inquiries to

Name Contact
Dr. Nasinghe Emmanuel Email:

Phone: 0705920015

Ms. Geraldine Nalwadda Email:

Phone: 0701361449

Dr Akisa Sharon Veron Email:

Phone: 0779769321

Target Groups: MakCHS Post Graduate Students

Deadline: 7th June 2023

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

Please follow the link below to register if interested.



May 14, 2023 Global News

An open-source public database for all cough TB recordings which future researchers and the public can utilise and develop more tools that can address the TB burden through cough sounds.

CageTB has a focus in Automated smartphone-based cough audio classification for rapid tuberculosis triage testing (Cough Audio triaGE for TB) CAGE-TB.


May 14, 2023 Global News

Dr. Wayengera successfully developed a rapid diagnostic kit for Ebola. We are sure, under his leadership, Uganda had a response to COVID19 that is effective and efficient. He also came up with a Solution name: Pan-Filovirus Rapid Diagnostic Test Ebolavirus and Marburgvirus cause rare but fatal viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) in remote villages of equatorial Africa. Both filovirus VHFs are highly infectious with potential for urban, regional and global spread. Early detection is important for VHFs epidemic prevention and control.

Whereas two rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) have emerged on the scene for Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV), RDTs for other Ebolavirus species that cause VHFs in humans, such as Sudan ebolavirus-SUDV, Bundibugyo ebolavirus-BDBV, Tai Forest ebolavirus-TAFV and Marburgvirus-MARV are missing. Given the similarity of symptomatology among VHFs and other infectious diseases, it is clear that RDTs to combat filovirus VHFs are needed.

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