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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.

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Members

  • Leader and Professor Satoshi Kaneko
  • Assistant Yukie Saito (Kenya)
  • Assistant Masae Ishiguro (Kenya)

Activities

Regarding the research activities based at the station: Basic research teams are organized according to the external research grants or funds. Until now, the SATREPS Project for rapid diagnostics, and the establishment of an alert system for the outbreak of Yellow Fever and Rift Valley Fever were a chieved and completed in 2017. AMED-funded project for serological surveillance on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is now on the 3rd phase of the project. Additionally, research activities are funded by the JSPS (KAKEN), the pharmaceutical companies, and the Grand Challenge Canada that supports the development of mother and child registration system.
Furthermore, we began a JICA Grass-root project focusing on community development and school health in Mbita since 2009, as means for the feedback to the communities.
In terms of education and training, the station is accepting Master’s and PhD 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.

         Recent main research achievement
1. Takeuchi et al. PLOS Negl Trop Dis 2019;13(8):e0007572.
2. Shah et al. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2019;101:290-293.
3. Shah et al. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2019;100:688-690.
4. Wandera et al. Infect Genet Evol 2018;68:231-248.
5. Shah et al. Trop Med Health 2018;46:30.

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