Funded projects 2013/14

Thirty six (36) research projects/initiatives received awards from the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Trust Research Fund, with applications coming from a range of Cambridge departments, faculties and institutes. The awards will help to support research  and research-related travel, workshops and courses in the African countries.

Research/initiative Cambridge & African collaborators African country
1 2nd IBRO School on Insect Neuroscience and Drosophila Neurogenetics Dr Jimena Berni, Dr Berthold Hedwig (University of Cambridge), and Professor Sadiq Yusuf (Kampala International University) Uganda
2 Science Engagement Workshop, at the University of Sierra Leone Dr Stephen John Middleton (University of Cambridge) and Prof Sahr Gbamanja (University of Sierra Leone) Sierra Leone
3 The death penalty and the rule of law in Ghana Dr Justice Tankebe (University of Cambridge) and Dr Peter Atudiwe Atupare (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
4 Schistosoma haematobium infection and morbidity in previously unsurveryed rural communities in Tanzania Dr Shona Wilson (University of Cambridge) and Dr Safari Kinung'hi (National Institute for Medical Research, Mwanza) Tanzania
5 Epidemiology of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) and Schistosoma mansoni co-infection and its impact on fishing communities in Mwanza, Tanzania Professor David Dunne (University of Cambridge) and Dr Humphrey Mazigo - THRiVE Fellow (Catholic University of Health Science & Allied Science, Mwanza) Tanzania
6 A simple haemolytic assay for diagnosis and prognosis of sickle cell disease (travel costs) Dr John Gibson (University of Cambridge) and Dr Taiwo Kotila (University of Ibadan) Nigeria
7 Trial road construction in the Niger delta in Nigeria Dr Abir Al-Tabbaa (University of Cambridge) and Professor Josiah Ayotamuno (Rivers State University of Science and Technology) Nigeria
8 Technology transfer for protein microarray analysis Dr Cecile Crosnier (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) and Dr Faith Hope Among'in Osier (KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme) Kenya
9 The effects of exposure to antiretroviral drugs during pregnancy and lactation on maternal bone health, lactation performance and infant growth, in urban Ugandans Dr Gail Goldberg (MRC Human Nutrition Research) and Ms Florence Nabwire (Mulago National Teaching and Referral Hospital Complex) Uganda
10 Workshop: Drosophila in Biomedical Research - Affordable and Impacting Dr Isabel M. Palacious (University of Cambridge) and Dr Marta Vicente-Crespo (Kampala International University) Uganda
11 Genome sequencing to understand the molecular epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Tanzania Dr Mark Holmes (University of Cambridge) and Dr Stephen E. Mshana (Catholic University of Health Science & Allied Science, Mwanza) Tanzania
12 Research training for colleagues in Ghana in a participatory monitoring and evaluation approach known as the 'Most Significant Change' (MSC) technique to evaluate 'leadership for learning' training for Education professionals Dr Sue Swaffield (University of Cambridge) and Professor Yaw Ankomah (University of Cape Coast) Ghana
13 The use of photocatalytic metal oxide nanoparticles for degrading oil spill - an innovative approach in environmental remediation Dr Caterina Ducati (University of Cambridge) and Mr Henry Agbe (All Nations University College) Ghana
14 Rotaviruses in Uganda: Epidemiology and Potential of Zoonotic Transmission Dr Ulrich Desselberger (University of Cambridge) and Dr Josephine Bwogi - THRiVE Fellow (Uganda Virus Research Institute [UVRI]) Uganda
15 Validation of candidate mutations for resistance in Plasmodium berghei ANKA to the antimalarial drugs piperaquine and lumefantrine Dr Julian Rayner (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) and Dr Lynette Isabella Oyier (KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme) Kenya
16 Analysing Large Scale UMTS Network Usage In Developing Regions Professor Andy Hopper, Dr Ripduman Sohan (University of Cambridge) and Dr Joseph Sevilla (Strathmore University) Kenya
17 Visualising the Northcote Whitridge Thomas Collection at the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) Prof Nicolas Thomas (University of Cambridge) and Dr Ohioma Ifouna Pogoson (University of Ibadan) Nigeria
18 Study of the molecular history and adaptation of minority Kenyan tribes to reveal what has shaped their culture, ecology and demography Dr Marta Mirazon Lahr (University of Cambridge) and Prof Anne Wangari Muigai (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology) Kenya
19 UNISA ADE teacher education project Dr Sara Hennessy (University of Cambridge) and Professor Callie P Loubser (University of South Africa) South Africa
20 Extension of PIMA (Politics and Interactive Media in Africa) project Dr Alastair Fraser (University of Cambridge) and Professor Neo Simutanyi (University of Zambia) Zambia
21 PIMA and Africa's Voices, collaboration in Kenya Dr Sharath Srinivasan (University of Cambridge) and Professor Winnie Mitullah (University of Nairobi) Kenya
22 Development of procedural and computational platforms at trypanosome research centre (TRC) in Kenya for utilization of archived African trypanosome isolates Professor Mark Field (University of Cambridge) and Dr Vincent Owino Adung'a (Egerton University) Kenya
23 Emergence of social protest movements and the strengthening of democratic governance in Uganda Dr Maha Abdelrahman (University of Cambridge) and Dr Andrew Ellis State - CAPREx Fellow (Makerere University) Uganda
24 Graphene based natural dye sensitized solar cells Dr Tawfique Hasan (University of Cambridge) and Dr David Dodoo-Arhin - CAPREx Fellow (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
25 Human Resources Retention in Uganda's Local Government: Review of Policy and Institutional Mechanisms With Lessons From The British Experience Dr Shailaja Fennell (University of Cambridge) and Dr Umar Kakumba - CAPREx Fellow (Makerere University) Uganda
26 Mitochondria as pharmacological targets for pharmacological and toxicological evaluation of medicinal plant extracts Dr Andrew Murray (University of Cambridge) and Dr Augustine Ocloo - CAPREx Fellow (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
27 Framing Peace: Exploring Conciliatory Radio Programming in Burundi and Uganda Dr Florence Brisset-Foucault (University of Cambridge) and Dr William Tayeebwa - CAPREx Fellow (Makerere University) Uganda, Burundi 
28 Shortening the shadow between gender and Mathematics Dr Alicia Fentiman, Dr Sara Hennessy (University of Cambridge) and Dr Betty Nannyonga (Makerere University) Uganda
29 The epidemiology of lifetime infections with trypanosomes in individual cattle in Ghana Dr Mark Carrington (University of Cambridge) and Dr Theresa Manful (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
30 Genetic diversity, linkage disequilibrium & genomic selection of the ashanti dwarf pig of Ghana Professor Nabeel Affarra, Dr Carole Sargent (University of Cambridge) and Dr Richard Osei-Amponsah - CAPREx Fellow (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
31 Gender stereotypes in the oral literature of two Ugandan communities Dr Christopher Warnes (University of Cambridge) and Professor Abbasi Kiyimba - CAPREx Fellow (Makerere University) Uganda
32 The East African Literature Bureau (EALB) and the making of modern East African Literature Dr Christopher Warnes (University of Cambridge) and Professor Ernest Okello Ogwang - CAPREx Fellow (Makerere University) Uganda
33 Travel funding to initiate research collaboration on a teacher mentor training programme Dr Elaine Wilson (University of Cambridge) and Dr Rovincer Najjuma (Makerere University) Uganda
34 A comparative study of Internal Quality Assurance Systems in Graduate Training in Makerere University, University of Ghana and Cambridge University. Professor Maurice Galton, Dr David Good (University of Cambridge) and Dr Euzobia M. Muisha Baine - CAPREx Fellow (Makerere University) Uganda
35 Generation of Ultra Short Optical Pulses Using Graphene as Saturable Absorber Professors Ian White and Richard Penty (University of Cambridge) and Dr Ferdinand Katsriku - CAPREx Fellow (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
36 Structural Characterization of Antimycobaterial Compounds Isolated from Wood Decaying Fungi Found in Ghana Dr Finian Leeper (UNiversity of Cambridge) and Dr Patrick Kobina Arthur - CAPREx Fellow (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana