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Working in partnership
The work of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is based on partnerships. On an international stage, key researchers hold academic positions at a number of institutions including the universities of Oxford and Warwick , the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Imperial college , and the Institute of Child Health in London. Researchers have established numerous collaborations with colleagues in the UK, USA and elsewhere. In Kilifi, the Programme is embedded within Kilifi District Hospital, building its research programmes around local medical infrastructure and contributing to healthcare delivery. Researchers are also committed to engaging with the local community, to discuss their research and why it is being carried out.
In Nairobi, the Programme has forged strong links with the Ministries of Health and Education, with several programme researchers acting as technical advisers to the Kenyan Government departments and playing a major part in the development of a national strategies.
By developing such strong links, the Programme can ensure that its activities are accepted and approved by local communities - a prerequisite for its long-term studies. Moreover, the close juxtaposition of research and application can help ensure that its activities are rooted in the real world, focused on delivering practical benefits. And finally, in a national and international context, the key relationships with policy makers and health officials will help to ensure that important research findings do actually make a difference to medical care - and thus have an influence far beyond the geographic areas in which the team actually works.
The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) was established in 1979 under the Science and Technology (Amendment) Act of that year to represent the national body responsible for carrying out health science research in Kenya.
Prior to the establishment of KEMRI, health research in Kenya was conducted under the auspices of the East African Medical Research Council which had been established in 1957 to serve the countries of the East African Community. Following the break-up of the East African Community in 1977, the Kenyan Parliament passed the Science and Technology Act in 1977 and amended it in 1979 to provide for the establishment of research institutes.
The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health. Established in 1936 and with an endowment of around 13 billion, it is the UK's largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research. As a privately endowed charity, it is independent from governments, from industry and from donors.
The governing document of the Wellcome Trust is its constitution. This represents an updated version of the will of Sir Henry Wellcome, through which the Wellcome Trust was established in 1936. Ultimate responsibility for all activities lies with the Board of Governors.
University of Oxford
The University of Oxford is internationally renowned for the quality and diversity of its research, with over 3000 academic staff and 3000 postgraduate students working on research. The University's position as a centre of excellence is enhanced by the ongoing development of interdisciplinary research centres, and collaboration with international academic and industrial partners. Oxford University is also a world-leader in commercialising the results of its research. Isis Innovation, its wholly-owned technology transfer company, founded in 1988, pioneered the successful commercial exploitation of academic research and invention.
Research Services supports Oxford University's researchers and works in partnership with academic departments to provide a range of professional services, from advising on funding opportunities, costing and pricing of research, and the University's research-related policies (including Intellectual Property issues), to assisting with research grant applications and negotiating research-related agreements.
Isis Innovation is the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford. Isis provides researchers with commercial advice, funds patent applications and legal costs, and negotiates exploitation and spin-out company agreements, and identifies and manages consultancy opportunities for University researchers.
Information for Contract Research Staff is available from the Oxford Learning Institute.
The University of Nairobi
The University of Nairobi is a leading institution of higher learning in Kenya and the region. The university has a mission to provide quality university education and training and to embody the aspirations of the Kenyan people and the global community through creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilization of knowledge.
University of Nairobi provides strong, diversified academic programmes and specializations in sciences, applied sciences, technology, humanities, social sciences and the arts. In this effort, the location of the seven campuses of the University in the capital city and its environs and facilitating easy access, has been an asset that has seen the university increasingly become the busy hub and citadel of academic activity at all times.
The university is proud of its distinguished record of achievements in teaching, research, development and consultancy while strategizing for a greater future as the Centre of academic, research and professional excellence.
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