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Prof. James Jay Berkley

Principal Investigator


Jay is a consultant paediatrician and sub-specialist in paediatric infectious diseases and immunology based at the KEMRI Centre for Geographic Medicine Research Coast and Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya. Jay is the Founder and co-Director of the Childhood Acute Illness & Nutrition (CHAIN) Network of partners in Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Burkina Faso), South Asia (Pakistan, Bangladesh), UK, USA, Canada and The Netherlands. The CHAIN Network is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. The team aims to better understand infectious, immune, metabolic, nutritional, health systems and social pathways to childhood mortality to identify actionable interventions through an epidemiological cohort, systems biology analysis pipeline, social science platform and a multicentre clinical trials platform. Jay joined the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Collaborative Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya in 1997. He undertook a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship on invasive bacterial infections and their relationships with malaria, HIV and malnutrition. After completing specialist training in paediatrics and sub-specialist training in paediatric clinical immunology and infectious diseases in the UK, Jay returned to Kilifi.