Distinguished Kenyan scientist given Sh1.8bn for research centre

Dr Kariuki Njenga, a professor of infectious diseases at Washington State University, USA, and a Chief Research Officer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute.


 

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What you need to know:

  • Virology professor Kariuki Njenga will establish the Centre for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases-East and Central Africa (Creid-Eca), which will carry out studies on viruses such as the Rift Valley Fever and the coronavirus.
  • Dr Fauci has asked Prof Njenga and his team to also “develop reagents and diagnostic assays to improve detection of emerging pathogens and study human immune responses to new or emerging infectious agents”.

A Kenyan research programme is one of 11 that have received Sh1.8 billion from the globally acclaimed USA National Institutes of Health to establish cutting-edge research centres for emerging diseases such as Covid-19.

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