Epicentre Research Center in Uganda
At the heart of the Hospital-university organizations formed by Mbarara University of Sciences and Technology (MUST) and Mbarara Regional Reference Hospital (MRRH), Epicentre research base has been conducting clinical research work for more than 10 years.
Epicentre first role in Mbarara, the 2nd city in Uganda, is to conduct research activities according to GCPs (Good Clinical Practices) and GCLPs (Good Clinical Laboratory Practices) quality standards on public health issues encountered in Uganda in particular and Africa in general. In order to achieve this, studies are conducted in close collaboration with the partnership of MUST, MRRH and of different players in the health sector (Ministry of health, national program, MSF, NGOs, foreign universities) under the coordination of a qualified team.
Research themes target malaria, tuberculosis and central nervous system infections.
The Mbarara research base is organized around several sectors:
- administrative and financial support,
- logistics support,
- data management,
- technical platform, equipped with a laboratory with level 3 safety, dedicated to mycobacteriology, a molecular biology laboratory (PCR) and a routine analysis lab.
To perform successful research, Epicentre Mbarara relies on experienced teams of doctors, nurses, statisticians, biologists and logisticians.
Alongside its research activity, Epicentre Mbarara is involved in education through teaching at MUST and short training courses for technicians and health personnel.