Prof. Grace Ndeezi (Co-Investigator)

Prof. Ndeezi is a professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. She holds a Masters of Medicine in Paediatrics and Child Health from Makerere University and a joint PhD from Makerere and University of Bergen. She has more than 25 years of experience in research, clinical paediatrics and teaching. She is a practicing clinician on the paediatric haematology-oncology ward in Mulago National Referral Hospital which is a teaching hospital for Makerere University. She has authored 140 publications in peer reviewed journals, supervised more than 40 Masters and some PhD students to completion. She has a wide experience in the conduct of both hospital based and community studies. She was the principal investigator for the Uganda Sickle Cell Surveillance Study (US3) for mapping the prevalence and distribution of sickle cell disease (SCD) in Uganda, in 2016 and is still following the children who tested positive for SCD in that study.

Prof. Ndeezi is the principal investigator for a study of vitamin D supplementation in SCD in Uganda and also site PI of a multi-centre drug trial (IMR-SCD-301) in SCD by Imara Inc. She has been a co-investigator of a recently completed follow up study of 1800 mothers/infant pairs assessing health facility births and neonatal outcomes in northern Uganda (NCT02605369) under the NORHED project. She is a co-Investigator of a capacity building SIDA funded project for improving maternal and child survival in Uganda. The capacity building component involves training at Masters and PhD level for maternal, child and public health. She is also a co-investigator of a BCG trial that is following up 2200 babies in Kampala (NCT02606526). She has the expertise and experience to conduct, supervise collaborative research and train other researchers. She has participated in several research grants with partners from Tufts University, University of Montpellier, University of Copenhagen, and Karolinska Institutet in collaboration with other African countries (Burkina Faso and Zambia). She is a member of the scientific review committee of Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) since 2005 and currently chairs the Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) research and ethics committee.