The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) have partnered with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to conduct research into cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
According to Prof Pontiano Kaleebu, the director of MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit, the partnership will broaden their research.
“Apart from HIV/Aids, the research unit will broaden its scope to study neglected diseases, emerging infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and stroke,” Prof Kaleebu said
He said their researchers want to best understand the cause of cancers and the risk factors.
With the partnership, he said the unit’s name has changed to MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit. State minister for Health in charge of General Duties Sarah Opendi praised UVRI for its role in understanding the HIV epidemic.