Kenya Research Station

Nagasaki University Institute of Tropical Medicine and Kenya Medical Research Institute (NUITM-KEMRI) Project was launched by signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the President of NUITM, and the Director of KEMRI in 2005. The objective of the project was to enhance research and to develop capacity building in the tropical medicine at the field level. In January 2006, Kenya Research Station was established to manage the project. Biosafety Level 2 and 3 laboratories, and insectary for mosquitos were installed in the station. Research field sites were also established in Mbita near the Lake Victoria, and in Kwale on the coast side of Kenya. Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) has registered the population of about 120,000 people in the field, as well as vital events like birth, death and migration in two research areas. Additionally, Mosquito Surveillance System (MSS) has been functional for research on malarial mosquitos in Mbita.

Members

Leader and Professor
Satoshi Kaneko
Professor
Shingo Inoue
Research Fellow
Kazuchiyo Miyamichi
Assistant
Yukie Saito (Kenya)
Assistant
Masae Ishiguro (Kenya)
Coordinater
Yuka Itakura (Kenya)
Coordinater
Kana Suzuki (Kenya)
Assistant
Kuniko Shimoda






Activities

  1. Research activities:
    Primary research teams are organized according to the external research grants or funds. The SATREPS Project for rapid diagnostics and establishing an alert system for the outbreak of Yellow Fever and Rift Valley Fever were achieved and completed in 2017. AMED-funded project for serological surveillance on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is completed in 2020. We have start research activities toward the formation of IoT academic centers that contribute to the improvement and improvement of global health as an Asia-Africa Science Platforms of Core-to-Core Program supported by the JSPS. There are 13 research activities conducted at Kenya Research Station funded by the JSPS (KAKEN). In addition, research projects supported by pharmaceutical companies for Rotavirus research and by funding agencies such as the Grand Challenge Canada had been organized to develop the mother and child registration system.
  2. Education and training activities:
    The station accepts Master's and Ph.D. students from the Graduate School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Nagasaki University. The station is also providing research opportunities for young researchers and students from Kenyan institutions.
  3. Social contribution activities:
    We kicked off a JICA Grass-root project focusing on Jigger control in Mbita in 2020 to give feedback to the communities.

Recent main research achievement

  1. Fukuda et al. BMC Oral Health 2021;21:154.
  2. Wanjihia et al. Austin J Nutr Metab 2021;8:1105.
  3. Tanaka M et al. Parasitol Int 2021;83:102346.
  4. Tomokawa et al. Glob Health Promot 2020;27:78-87.
  5. Inziani et al. Int J Infect Dis 2020;91.

Achievement list