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Prof. Bazeyo Honoured at Tufts 165th Commencement Ceremony

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Makerere University‘s Professor William Bazeyo on Sunday 23rd May, 2021 received the honorary Doctor of Science degree of Tufts University during the institution’s 165th All-University Commencement Ceremony. The pre-recorded ceremony was presided over by the Tufts University President, Dr. Anthony P. Monaco.

In his remarks, President Monaco shared that Tufts awarded its first honorary degree in 1858. “We confer honorary degrees to recognize the recipients for their extraordinary talents and contribution. At the same time we hope they will be a source of inspiration for today’s graduates and everyone in the Tufts community.”

Prior to the conferment, the citation of Professor William Bazeyo by Prof. Florina Tseng, Associate Dean, Tufts University read;

“William Bazeyo, position; medical researcher and academician. You have transformed the wellbeing and potential of your fellow Ugandans and thousands of African people. As a Professor at Makerere University School of Public Health, you bridge research and reform. As Director of the ResilientAfrica Network, you imbue solutions with compassion. You have been instrumental to projects that demonstrate global leadership in One Health. As an example, your influence extends to a major Tufts-led initiative to combat the risk and spread of zoonotic spillover to forestall future pandemics.”

President Monaco in conferring the award said;

“Dr. William Bazeyo, for your many contributions, you have received Uganda’s highest civilian honour; the gold medal. Tufts University is privileged to recognise your distinctive legacy of science in service to humankind by awarding you the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa).”

In his brief acceptance speech, Prof. Bazeyo said, “thank you very much and I wish you well as you serve other people.”

Other recipients of honorary awards included;

  • Major General Maria B. Barrett, Commanding General, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) – honorary Doctor of Public Service degree
  • Stacey B. Gabriel, Senior Director, Genomics Platform at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard – honorary Doctor of Science degree
  • Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani; a top-selling Greek yogurt brand in the U.S. also lauded as a “Change the World” company by Forbes – honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree
  • Ofelia Zepeda, Educator and Activist dedicated to the preservation of O’odham and its culture, Co-founder and Director of the American Indian Language Development Institute, University of Arizona – honorary Doctor of Letters degree
  • Bryan Stevenson, Acclaimed Public Interest Lawyer, Executive Director Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law

Delivering the Commencement address, Bryan Stevenson urged graduates to not just be degree holders but people who are committed to human rights, justice and changing the world, “…I believe that the opposite of poverty isn’t wealth. I believe the opposite of poverty is justice. And that is why I urge you to do justice in every way possible.”

Please click here to view a recording of the commencement ceremony.

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Makerere Medical Journal: Golden Jubilee Edition 2022

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Cover Page of the Makerere Medical Journal Golden Jubilee Edition 2022.

It’s with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Golden Jubilee edition of this phenomenal journal. Yes, The Makerere Medical Journal marks 50 years of publication with this year’s edition and all this has been made possible by the endless efforts and contributions of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Staff and students because without your research submissions and financial support, the journal wouldn’t have made it this far. To you reading this, thank you for contributing to the sustainability of this great project, year in year out.

Here’s a quote to ponder on as you delve into this year’s well-crafted articles and it’s by Zora Hurston (1891-1960), “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” And doesn’t that just define our purpose as researchers?!

This edition’s articles cover pertinent topics ranging from Antimicrobial Stewardship, COVID-19 interventions, Oral Health amongst others. It also features student projects, write-ups on student-led organizations and societies that are making a difference in the life of a health sciences’ student and many more interesting writings. Featured in this issue are international manuscripts from countries like Nigeria and we were also honored to work with other universities within the country and feature some of their students’ articles.

I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude to my team of editors that engaged in a rigorous peer review process to ensure that the articles published are up to standard. As the editorial team, we are quite pleased to see the number of undergraduates involved in research steadily increasing and all the efforts that have been put in by the different stakeholders to see this happen are commendable.

With that said, I hope you enjoy every second of your read!!!

LINDA ATULINDA,
MBChB IV

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF,
Research and Writers’ Club 2021-2022

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Call for Applications: HEPI Masters Support Fellowship

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Panelists L-R: Professor Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde, Professor Francis Omaswa, Professor Jehu Iputo and Professor Joel Okullo at the HEPI-ACHEST Health Professions Education Symposium, 17th June 2022, Makerere University.

Applications are invited for the Health Professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI-SHSSU) Masters fellowship programme support from postgraduate students of:

  • Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS)
  • Kabale University School of Medicine
  • Clarke International University
  • Faculty of Health Sciences, Busitema University

The programme will support graduates in their final year of training leading to the award of a Masters degree on any of the Master’s graduate training programs at the stated University for a maximum of 19 successful candidates.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 30th September 2022.

Inquiries and Applications must be submitted to hepishssu@gmail.com

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Call for Applications: Faculty Research Training

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The Principal MakCHS-Prof. Damalie Nakanjako (6th R), Prof. Sarah Kiguli-PI HEPI (R), Prof. Francis Omaswa-ED ACHEST (8th R), Dr. Safina Museene-MoES (5th R), Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze (3rd R), Prof. Joel Okullo (9th R), Prof. Josephine Namboze (7th R), Prof. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde - ACHEST (2nd R) and other Health Experts at the Symposium on 17th June 2022, MakCHS, Makerere University.

Applications are invited from faculty at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kabale School of Medicine, and Clarke International University to undertake training in research.

Limited research funding will be available for research focusing on community-based, clinical, operational, health professions education, epidemiological, biomedical, and research in Communicable Diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, etc.) or non-communicable diseases of importance to Uganda.

Up to 15 applicants will be selected and they will undergo a brief (2 days) didactic training in research proposal development prior to embarking on their research projects. Up to 4,000 US dollars per applicant (depending on budget) will be available to support the research.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 3rd October 2022.

Inquiries can be forwarded to the PI, HEPISU Program on hepishssu@gmail.com

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