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MAPRONANO ACE wins UGX 5 billion in Research Grants

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The Africa Center of Excellence in Materials Product Development and Nanotechnology (MAPRONANO ACE), Makerere University has attracted grant funding to the tune of UGX 5,348,380,719 towards research and post doctoral studies for students.

  • MAPRONANO ACE received UGX 2,812,803,300 funding under Presidential scientific initiative for Evaluation of nanoscale materials as candidate adjuvants and delivery systems for SARS Cov-2 (COVID-19) sub-unit vaccine. These funds will also support the purchase of the first of its kind state-of the art Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM) the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • MAPRONANO ACE received UGX 1,031,939,998 funding under Presidential scientific initiative for development of saliva test kit for COVID-19. This will solve the issue of lack of cheap testing services in Uganda and hence facilitating massive testing hence effective Covid-19 surveillance and patient management.
  • Nanobody based point of care diagnostic kit for cervical cancer – UGX 194,770,000
  • Volkswagen foundation Post doctoral fellowship for African researchers in the Engineering sciences UGX 795,999,500
  • Antibacterial and antiviral nanocoated cloth mask to limit the spread of Covid-19 – UGX 75,000,000
  • Green synthesis of graphene from coffee husks and other agro-wastes for energy storage applications – UGX 156,445,850
  • Development and validation of lateral flow based multiplex test device to detect and differentiate SARS CoV-2 from other human coronaviruses – UGX 157,130,071
  • Determination and characterisation of viral load and antibody profiles in samples from multiple sites of Covid-19 patients in Uganda – UGX 60,000,000. This is in partnership with Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Uganda Virus Research Institute.
  • Perfecting the design and testing the feasibility of Disinfecting Gloves (D-Gloves) – UGX 60,000,000
  • Multimorbidity and lifestyle prevention in low and middle income countries – UGX 4,292,000

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Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum opened at Makerere University.

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Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum was officially opened, Wednesday 21st February 2024 at a ceremony presided over by Her Royal Highness, Nnalinnya Agnes Nabaloga on behalf of the Kabaka of Buganda, His Royal Highness Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

The Museum located at plot 95, quarry road Makerere University is housed in the premises of what was an on-campus private residence of Sir Edward Muteesa II while a student of literature at Makerere University from 1943-1945.

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UNU-FLORES seeks collaboration with CEDAT

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The College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology, (CEDAT) hosted Christian P. Schneider, a PhD researcher and Focal Point for African partnerships from UN-FLORES.  During a meeting held in the College Boardroom on Monday 12th February 2024 involving members of staff, the discussions focused on finding areas of collaboration between the college and UN-FLORES, which is the academic arm of the UN.

Christian P. Schneider said UNU-FLORES which is United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and Resources focuses on addressing critical global challenges related to human survival, development, and welfare through collaborative research and education.

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Translating Luganda Text into speech, An Innovation at CEDAT

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Researchers at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) using Artificial Intelligence have come up with an innovation to aid translation of Luganda language written text into speech.

A team of researchers led by the Principal Investigator Dr. Ronald Kizito from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department undertook a study they called, ‘A Luganda Neural Text-To-Speech System for Health Promotion and Accessibility for Health Promotion and Accessibility’.

The study supported by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University Research and Innovation Fund (MAKRIF) was aimed at coming up with an innovation that will help the dissemination of health messages to a wide Luganda-speaking audience who may not be in a position to read written text, which is usually the mode used in sending out information through literature like fliers.

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