SANTHE was recently a co-sponsor to the Annual Meeting of the University of Nairobi STD/AIDS Collaborative Group 2017, held in Nairobi, January 23 to 27, where the Network’s trainees Amin Hassan (Post-doc), and Makobu Kimani (PhD), presented their data to an international audience of experts. Both based at SANTHE Partner Institute - the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) - Hassin’s presentation was entitled, “HIV-1 transmission study in Kenya: A phylogenetic and mathematical modelling approach”, while Kimani presented his project, an “Assessment of PrEP continuum of Key Populations in Malindi”.
Over 20 years ago, the Universities of Nairobi, Manitoba, Washington and Ghent, as well as the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, began holding annual meetings to share research ideas and results. Through time, as the list of collaborating institutions grew to include others from Kenya, North America, and Europe - and AIDS/STD research projects multiplied - the scientific “retreat” evolved into a week-long scientific meeting with competitively submitted abstracts for presentation. Today, the meeting, which has been organised almost from its inception by American writer and film maker, *Larry Krotz, provides a venue for researchers from all over the world to meet annually.
*Larry Krotz is the author of “Piecing the Puzzle, the genesis of AIDS research in Africa” – a book that chronicles the history of the pioneering Kenyan, Canadian, Belgian and American research teams that uncovered HIV/AIDS in Kenya, their scientific breakthroughs and setbacks, and their exceptional 30-year relationship that began a new era of global health collaboration.