President's Global Impact Fund Projects

Malawi– Partnership Growth through Professional Development

Miriam Laufer, MD, MPH, Professor and Associate Dean, Center for Vaccine Development and UM School of Medicine

Nginache Nampota, MBBS, MSc, Site Principal Investigator and Study Physician of Blantyre Malaria Project, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

This project supports Dr. Nampota, an emerging leader in the University of Maryland-Kamuzu University of Health Sciences of Malawi (KUHeS) collaboration. She directs the clinical research sites conducting research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and works closely with mentors at the UM School of Medicine to also develop her skills in scientific research. Her visit to the University of Maryland in early 2023 will provide an intensive period to develop her research portfolio and also gain leadership skills. She will work with the CVD research team to identify a mentored research project, participate in an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) leadership course, and attend the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) where we anticipate she will present results of the studies she is leading in Malawi.

These goals fit well within the UMB Strategic Framework. The University of Maryland-KUHeS collaboration focuses on Global Health Research. Our support of Dr. Nampota strengthens the ethical, innovative, and sustainable nature of our work, further solidifying our long-standing co-equal partnership.

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