Funded Projects 2023/24



Research/ Initiative Title

Cambridge & African Collaborators

African Country

1 Informing fisheries management and conservation through gut content analysis of freshwater fish species in the Kigezi lakes, Western Uganda Prof David Aldridge (Zoology) & Dr Alex Saturday (Department of Environmental Sciences, Kabale University) Uganda
2 Exploring uncharted territories in Igboland, southeast Nigeria: Archaeological and environmental perspectives Dr Kingsley Daraojimba (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research) & Dr Daniel Kenechukwu (Archaeology and Tourism, University of Nigeria) Nigeria
3 Spurring development of root knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita resistance in sweetpotato germplasm for food security in Uganda Dr Lida Derevnina (Plant Sciences) & Dr Benard Yada (National Crops Resources Research Institute) Uganda
4 Understanding Kenyan ILD epidemiology and optimising ILD care through establishing a national multidisciplinary meeting Dr Jennifer Dickens (Cambridge Institute for Medical Research) & Dr Jacqueline Wanjiku Kagima (Respiratory Society of Kenya,Affiliated with the University of Nairobi) Kenya
5 Studies of the molecular mechanisms of anti-diabetic action of Hyptis verticillata jacq in type 2 diabetes models Dr Daniel Fazakerley (Wellcome Trust - MRC Institute of Metabolic Science) & Dr Ironya Ogar (Department of Biochemistry, University of Calabar) Nigeria
6 Conservation challenges in the face of gold mining expansion in Côte d'Ivoire Professor Rachael Garrett (Geography) & Dr Prince Dégny Valé (Swiss Centre of Scientific Research in Côte d’Ivoire) Ivory Coast
7 Enhancing River Blindness vaccine candidates using the SpyCatcher virus-like particle platform Professor Mark Howarth (Pharmacology) & Dr Robert Adamu Shey (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Buea) Cameroon
8 Rebuilding Lives on Lava: The Dynamic Forces Shaping Resettlement in Post-Eruption Goma Dr Lara Mani (Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk) & Prof Francois Habiyaremye Muhashy (University of Goma) DR Congo
9 SPEAK: Speech sampling Psychiatric Examination Automation, new Knowledge for clinical practice and health research Dr Graham Murray (Psychiatry) & Dr Akin Ojagbemi (Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan) Nigeria
10 Heterologous expression and evaluation of plant defensins as potential antimicrobial candidates Prof Cahir J O'Kane (Genetics) & Dr Ifeoluwa Deborah Gbala (Drosophila Research Training Centre, Ibadan) Nigeria
11 Call for Life: Exploring mHealth solutions for enhancing childhood vaccinations among displaced children in conflict-affected settings of Nigeria Dr Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi (Psychiatry) & Dr Zara Wudiri (Department of Community Medicine, University of Maiduguri) Nigeria
12 Sources and Reservoirs of human-infecting ESBL E. coli in Osogbo, Nigeria Prof Julian Parkhill (Veterinary Medicine) & Dr Akeem Ganiyu Rabiu (Department of Microbiology, Federal University of Health Sciences, Nigeria) Nigeria
13 Building capacity for the early diagnosis of Cervical Cancer in Nigeria Dr Sara Pensa (Pharmacology) & Prof Afolabi-Balogun (Chemical Sciences, Fountain University Osogbo) Nigeria
14 Understanding the transmission of Zoonotic Schistosomiasis in Nigeria: A Multicenter approach Dr Anna Protasio (Pathology) & Prof Akinwale (Public Health and Epidemiology Department, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research) Nigeria
15 Spatiotemporal epidemiological dynamics of rabies and the impacts of rabies control efforts in Tanzania Dr Olivier Restif (Veterinary Medicine) & Dr Maganga Sambo (Environmental Health and Ecological Sciences) Tanzania
16 Building capacity in modelling for the surveillance of infectious diseases in Cameroon using serological data Prof Henrik Salje (Genetics) & Dr Ngu Njei Abanda (Centre Pasteur du Cameroon) Cameroon
17 A deep dive into the underlying causes of high mortality among clinically diagnosed TB patients in Kilifi County, Kenya: a cross-sectional study Dr Nyarie Sithole (Medicine) & Dr Osman Abdullahi (Department of Public Health, Pwani University) Kenya
18 Mapping data for modelling the health impacts of African urban systems Dr Lambed Sawkung Tatah (MRC Epidemiology Unit) & Dr Felix Assah (Health of Population in Transition Research Group, University of Yaoundé I) Cameroon
19 Piloting objective measurement of physical activity in Tunisian school children: a crosssectional study in Sousse, Tunisia Dr Esther van Sluijs (MRC Epidemiology Unit) & Prof Imed Harrabi (Epidemiology Department, University of Sousse) Tunisia
20 One-Health approach to investigating the transmission of Staphylococcus aureus and antimicrobial resistance genes between livestock and humans in non-intensive livestock settings Dr Lucy Weinert (Veterinary Medicine) & Professor Mohamed Elhadidy (Centre for Genomics, Zewail City of Science and Technology) Egypt
21 African Textiles Collaboration Dr Lorna Dillon (Centre of Latin American Studies) & Dr  Eyifa-Dzidzienyo (Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana) Ghana
22 Understanding the burden of adolescent vaping to successfully implement interventions to reduce
electronic cigarette dependence amongst highs school learners in South Africa
Dr Sebastian Kurten (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit) & Prof Richard van Zyl-Smit (Division of Pulmonology and UCT Lung Institute, Department of Medicine, University of CapeTown) South Africa
23 Exposure to Continuous Traumatic Stress and Its Consequences Among Adolescents in a High-Risk Social Environment Prof Larysa Zasiekina (Psychology) & Prof Soraya Seedat (Department of Psychiatry, Stellenbosch University) South Africa
24 Aqueous Sodium-Ion Battery as a Promising Stationary Power Source: Probing the Dissolution/Passivation of Aluminium Current Collectors and Mitigating Corrosion Prof Dame Clare P. Grey (Chemistry) & Dr Habibat Faith Chahul (Department of Chemistry, Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University) Nigeria
25 Executive Function Workshops for Child Development Researchers and Practitioners in South Africa Dr Stephen Bayley (Faculty of Education) & Prof Catherine Draper (SAMRC Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand) South Africa
26 Pan African Thoracic Society 'MECOR' Programme 2024 Prof Kevin Mortimer (Pathology) & Prof Refiloe Masekela (Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of KwaZulu Natal, SA) South Africa
27 Training Course in Oxford Nanopore Technology for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from West Africa Dr Alex Murphy (Plant Sciences) & Dr Cyrielle Ndougonna (Central and West African Virus Epidemiology) Ivory Coast
28 Classics Beyond Borders Dr Frisbee Sheffield (Faculty of Classics) & Prof Kofi Ackah (Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Ghana) Ghana & Malawi
29 Beyond Communitarianism in African Philosophy and Anthropology Prof Harri Englund (Social Anthropology) & Prof Grivas Muchineripi Kayange (Department of Philosophy, University of Malawi) Malawi
30 Developing a collaborative freshwater biodiversity monitoring programme in Côte d'Ivoire Dr Nigel Taylor (Zoology) & Dr Tanoh Marius Kamelan (Department of Biosciences, University of Felix Houphouet-Boigny) Ivory Coast
31 Adaptive Genomic Diversity of Tanzanian Riverine Cichlids in Light of Climatic and Anthropogenic Stressors Dr Emília Santos (Zoology) & Dr Edson Ishengoma (University of Dar es Salaam) Tanzania
32 Kamuzu University of Health Sciences Clinical Academic Training Programme Prof Alasdair Coles (Clinical Neuroscience) & Dr Wakisa Mulwafu (Kamuzu University of Health Sciences) Malawi