IDI Science Fair 2021

Theme: Through Research to Implementation; The Role of IDI

The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) Science Fair brings together research scientists, policy makers, implementing partners, leaders in academia, collaborators and early career scientists. This annual event provides a platform for disseminating results and updates on the progress of IDI research projects in order to facilitate research to policy discussions.

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Why attend the IDI Science Fair 2021

The Science Fair will provide insight into programmes and policies in healthcare and help you build a network of experts for future collaborations. Are you an emerging scientist? Benefit from our “meet-the-mentor” session with senior scientists in the various fields of healthcare.

Event Speakers

Mohammed Lamorde, FRCP, Ph.D.

Head of Global Health Security at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI). Chair of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Africa Network and Co-Investigator Joint Mobile Emerging Diseases Intervention Clinical Capabilities (JMEDICC) Consortium.

Shevin T. Jacobs, MD, MPH.

Team lead DRUM-Uganda at IDI and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Sepsis Research, Department of Clinical Sciences, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He is also the Secretary General, African Sepsis Alliance.

Dr Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi MBBS, PhD, FCRP, FFPH.

Director Academy for Health Innovation Uganda at IDI. She is a medical doctor with an interest in innovations research and development. She is PI on a medical drones project as well as evaluation of Call for life interactive voice response. She also holds a joint appointment as Principal Research Associate in Clinical School, Cambridge University UK and is Chair Board of Directors, Aga Khan Health Services, Uganda.

Ruth Obaikol, MBChB, MMED.

Deputy Director at The Academy for Health Innovations Uganda at IDI where she provides oversight for scale up projects. A surgeon by training and a senior lecturer at UCU school of medicine, she is passionate about Health Management and leadership. She has previously worked as the director for Kumi Hospital, a private not for profit rural hospital in Eastern Uganda and as Director Health services at Church of Uganda.

Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, MBChB, MMED, Ph.D., FCP (ECSA)

Research Scientist at IDI and Internal Medicine Physician at Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Stella Zawedde-Muyanja, MBChB, MPH

Doctoral fellow at IDI.

Atwine Mugume

Data Scientist at The African Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Data Intensive Sciences, Infectious Diseases Institute, McKinnell Knowledge Centre, Makerere University

Lydia Nakiyingi, MBChB, MMED, Ph.D., FCP (ECSA)

Internal medicine physician and clinical researcher at IDI and a senior lecturer at Makerere University College of Health Sciences.

David Meya, MBChB, MMED, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine at Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Miriam Nakalembe, MBChB, MMED OBGYN, PhD

Senior lecturer in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Makerere University College of Health Sciences and a clinical researcher at IDI.

Miriam Laker-Oketta, MBChB, MSc, DTM&H, DPPM

Medical doctor and clinical research scientist at the Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere College of Health Sciences. She is also faculty in the Clinical Epidemiology course of the University of California, San Francisco Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Faculty in the Implementation Sciences program in the School of Medicine, Makerere University College of Health Sciences.

Hellen Byakwaga, MBChB, Ph.D.

Research Scientists at IDI with extensive work experience in conducting and coordinating observational and experimental research in the immunopathogenesis of HIV/AIDS and associated opportunistic infections, specifically Kaposi’s sarcoma.

Catriona Waitt, BSc (Hons), MBChB (Hons), MRCP, PhD, DTM&H, PGCert (Teaching)

Clinical pharmacologist from the University of Liverpool who has been at IDI since 2014 undertaking a Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship

Aggrey Semeere, MBChB, MMED (Int.Med), MAS, FCP (ECSA)

Physician and Researcher at IDI

Nelson Kalema, M. Med (Internal Medicine), MAS (Epi-Biostat., Implementation Science)

Program Impact Specialist supporting Data Utilization and Dissemination, Health Systems Strengthening Department, Infectious Diseases Institute

Timothy R. Muwonge, MBChB, MPH

Programs Manager at IDI-K, Investigator - HIV Prevention Research at Infectious Diseases Institute

Andrew Mujugira, MBChB, MSc, MPH, Ph.D., MACE

Senior Research Scientist at the Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University, Uganda. HIV Prevention Researcher

Agnes Kiragga, B.Stat, MSc, Ph.D.

Head of Statistics at IDI

Daudi Jjingo, Ph.D.

Programme Director/PI for the Ugandan NIH H3Africa bioinformatics training programme (BRECA) at IDI.

Gerald Mboowa, Ph.D.

Bioinformatics Scientist at The African Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Data Intensive Sciences, Infectious Diseases Institute, McKinnell Knowledge Centre, Makerere University

IDI Science Fair 2021 Schedule


  • Preparedness and Response for Emerging Infectious Diseases by Dr Mohammed Lamorde
  • Antimicrobial Resistance as a Global Health Threat by Dr Shevin Jacobs
  • E-Health and Innovations in Surveillance and Management of Pandemics by Dr Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi and Dr Ruth Obaikol
  • Cryptococcal Meningitis Research and Treatment - A Peek into the Future by Assoc. Prof. David Meya
  • Prevention, Early Detection and Efficient Linkage to Care for HIV-related Cancers by Drs Miriam Nakalembe, Miriam Laker-Oketta and Helen Byakwaga
  • Pharmacokinetic studies: Ensuring the right dose for safe and effective treatment by Dr Catriona Waitt
  • Implementation Science in the HIV-TB Outreach Program by Drs Aggrey Semeere and Nelson Kalema
  • HIV Prevention service delivery in the context of key populations in sub-Saharan Africa Dr. Timothy Ronald Muwonge and Dr. Andrew Mujugira
  • Use of data science to develop HIV risk assessment score by Dr Agnes Kiragga
  • Leveraging virtual reality technology for COVID-19 control by Dr Daudi Jjingo
  • Knowledge and Use of masks during COVID-19 by Dr Gerald Mboowa
  • Mining of social media on COVID-19 by Mr Atwine Mugume