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Frederick Banvu Nozmo-Mukiibi

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Associate Dean for Research and post graduate students - Faculty of Medicine

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
NAME: Frederick Banvu Nozmo-Mukiibi, MSc, PhD
EDUCATION/TRAINING
INSTITUTION AND LOCATION                                 
Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russia , Degree -BSc, MSc - MM/YY, 05/YY - FIELD OF STUDY, Animal and Human Physiology
Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russia, Degree -PHD, MM/YY -05/86, FIELD OF STUDY- Neurophysiology     
Kololo Research Centre for Postgraduate, Degree- PGC ,MM/YY,  09/08, FIELD OF STUDY- Research Methods
Research
A. Personal Statement
My main goal at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) has been to help enable MUST become a regional centre a regional centre of excellence in biomedical, behavioral and operational research. Since its establishment in 1989, MUST has grown from a five-lecturer, forty three-student Medical School to a multi-disciplinary university with over five hundred academic staff and three thousand students. MUST’s community-based medical education curriculum has produced some of the best clinicians in Uganda and serves as the model for all medical schools in the country.

MUST is now at a point where it can become an internationally renowned centre for research. Developing its research administration infrastructure has been the key to this vision.
As one of the longest standing staff members, I have been instrumental in building MUST’s academic and administrative programs. I am currently the Director of the MUST Grants Office (MGO) and also serve as the Associate Dean for Research and Post Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Medicine. My current research interests are in the area of nutrition and food insecurity in HIV patients in Uganda. 

I received my undergraduate and graduate training in Neurophysiology at Lomonosov State University, Moscow. On my return to Uganda, I took a position with Uganda National Research Council where I was responsible for coordinating research in veterinary and human medicine. I subsequently joined MUST as an academic staff member teaching in the Faculty of Medicine. While at MUST, I have held several academic and administrative positions while helping to continually develop MUST’s Medical Curriculum and Research program, in particular.


As Associate Dean for Research and Post Graduate Studies, I am charged with ensuring the scientific integrity of research proposals for post graduate students, lecturers and collaborators in the Faculty of Medicine. This is managed through the Faculty of Medicine Research and Ethical Review Committee (FREC) of which I am the Chairman. In the 7 years that he has served as the chairman of FREC, the committee has reviewed more than 300 proposals from post graduate students, MUST staff and International collaborators. However, the research conducted by most post graduate and local investigators has faced challenges due to the limited funding available to fully execute and administrate the research projects.


More recently, MUST has engaged in collaborative research projects with institutions in USA, Europe and Canada, including Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of California San Francisco, Indiana University, Pennsylvania State University, Duke University, Lund University, University of Bristol, University of Hull, Gent University and Mc Master University to mention but afew. These partnerships have expanded the horizon of the research program at MUST both academically and financially by providing additional resources to the MUST investigators to build a critical mass of investigators and research infrastructure: However, there are two critical gaps in MUST’s current research infrastructure 1) Inadequate administrative capacity and expertise to manage the current research portfolio generated by our international collaborations; and 2) inadequate administrative capacity and expertise to assist MUST investigator’s ability to successfully compete for international research funding.

A two-pronged approach was necessary to resolve these limitations and enable a thriving research environment at MUST. The first prong was to establish a grants office to manage the existing funded research portfolio largely led by our international collaborators, and the second prong was to increase the capability of the local staff and students to win competitive grant awards to build their research careers.


In 2009, I led efforts supported by our external collaborators to establish the MUST Grants Office (MGO). The MGO is the first centralized research administration office in a public academic institution in Uganda that serves all faculties and institutes within the university. At the time of its creation, there were more than 60 research projects in the Faculty of Medicine with about 20 of these led by international investigators in collaborative partnerships with MUST Investigators. All 20 research projects were being administered either directly from the partner institutions or through private Non Governmental organizations in Uganda.

This involved tremendous administrative effort on the part of the local MUST co-investigators, many of whom personally managed projects from individual bank accounts. There was an urgent need for MUST to define an institutional standard for research administration and to support both local and international researchers by taking over grants administration. This office allowed individual investigators to focus more on science than on administration and created the process for establishing university-wide policies for research administration.


MGO is now in its second year of operation and has so far received a total of about 5 million USD in funding for 26 internationally sponsored projects. Under my leadership, the MGO has formulated policy guidelines in line with MUST, Uganda Government and International Donor requirements. These include a human resource manual, and guidelines on conflict of interest, procurement, handling of petty cash, travel, vehicle and equipment maintenance, fuel usage, car hire, vendor and rental agreements etc. Several training sessions have been undertaken for both project staff and Grants office core staff. Administration of research projects has gone smoothly with project timelines and implementation plans successfully completed. Most importantly, the existence of the office has led to the attraction of double the number of projects it started in the last two years.


B. Positions and Honors
1972 – 1973         Biology Teacher, Kitante Senior Secondary School, Kampala, Uganda
1973 – 1979         Research Coordinator/ Secretary, National Research Council, Uganda
1980 – 1983         Research Officer in Neurophysiology, Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russia
1987 – 1989          Senior Research Coordinator for Medical and Veterinary Research
                              Committee, National Research Council, Uganda
1989 – 1990         Warden, St. Lawrence Hospital South West London, England
1990 – 1993         Senior Lecturer, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, MUST
1993 -                    Associate Professor of Neurophysiology department of Physiology, MUST
2004 – 2005         Acting Head of Department of Physiology MUST
2005 -                    Associate Dean for Research and postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Medicine, MUST
2009- 2010           Acting Dean, Faculty of Medicine, MUST
1993-                     Secretary MUST Academic Staff Association.
2005- 2011           Chairman, Faculty of Medicine Promotion Committee, MUST
2005 -                    Member, Committee of Deans, MUST
2005 -                    Chairman, Faculty of Medicine, Research and Ethics Committee, MUST
2005 -    2009       Member, Institutional Ethical Review Committee, MUST
2006 – 2012         Chairman, Faculty of Medicine, Quality Assurance Committee, MUST
2009 –                 Chairman, Faculty of Medicine dissertation Committee, MUST
1995 -                  Chairman, Sub-committee of MUST Graduation Ceremony
2009 -                  Director, MUST Grants Office, MUST

C. Selected publication in peer reviewed journals
1. Mark J Siedner, Alexander C Tsai, Shari Dworkin, Nozmo FB Mukiibi, Nneka Emenyonu, Peter W Hunt, Jessica E Haberer, Jeffrey N Martin, David R Bangsberg and Sheri D Weiser. Sexual Relationship Power and Malnutrition among HIV-Positive Women in Rural Uganda.  AIDS Behavior (2012) PMID 22382629
2. Sheri D. Weiser, David M.Tuller, Edward A.Frongillo, Jude Senkungu, Nozmo-Mukiibi F.B, David R.Bangsberg; - Food Insecurity as a Barrier to sustained Anti Retro Viral Therapy Adherences in Uganda. PLOS ONE www.plosone.org, April, 2010, vol,5  Issue 4, E10340.
3. Nozmo-Mukiibi F.B, Chepurnova N.E, Podobina A.A Chepurnov S.A., Krejei. The effects of combined administration of cyclic analogies of malanostatinn and valproate on “kindled” amygdaloid seizures, in: Epiliepsia Amsterdam, 1987.p.p.69-71.
4. Cherpurnov S.A Krejei J.,Cherpurnov N.E, Nozmo-Mukiibi F.B, Podobina A.A . Anticonvulsant effects of valproate and cyclic analogies for melanostatin on “kindled” amygdaloid epilepsy. In: Journal of Phamocology and Toxicology, Moscow, 1987, p.p. 82 – 84.
5. Cherpurnova, N.E., Nozmo-Mukiibi F.B, Podobina A.A, Krejei J., Chepurnova S.A. The influence of cyclic analogies of melanostatin on the “kindling” effect (anti-epileptic effect) – In Bulletin of experimental Biology and Medicine, Moscow 1987, p.p 61-63
6. Nozmo-Mukiibi F.B., Chepurnova N.E., Chepurnova S.A. Electrophysiological patterns of amygdaloidal “kindling” in the krushinsky – Molodokina rats – in: Pr. of the higher school of the U.S.S.R, Moscow, 1987, p.p 29-31.
7. Nozmo-Mukiibi F.B, Electrophysiological analysis of the “kindling” effect following stimulation of the amygdala in rats susceptible to audiogenic epilepsy. – In: Thesis synopsis, Moscow 1986 p.p. 22
8. Chepurnova S.A Cherpurnova N.E, Nozmo-Mukiibi F.B, Bilateral Inter-amygdaloidal and neocortical integration in the development of the “kindling” effect. In: Adoptive functions of the inter-central integration. Published by the Brain Research Institute of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, 1986, p.p 92 -95.
9. Chepurnova N.E, Podobina A.A, Lim T.N., Artichov M.N., Nozmo-Mukiibi F.B, Cherpurnov S.A., Melanostatin and its analogies in the regulation of the brain activities. In: Neural peptides and their role in physiology and pathology. Pro. All Soviet Conf. of the Siberian Branch of the U.S.S.R Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Tomsk, 1985,p.p 131-132.
10. Chepurnov S.A., Chepurnov N.E.; Nozmo-Mukiibi F.B.- The Neural structural and neuroalchemical basis of amygdaloidal epilepsy in experimental animals, In: Scientific Publications by the Brain Research Institute of the U.S.S.R., Academy of Medical Sciences, N.12 Moscow 1983, p.p 182 – 185.
11. Chepurnov S.A., Chepurnov N.E., Nozmo-Mukiibi F. B.- The role of the amygdala in the system mechanisms of motivation. In: Pro. Seminar on the theory of functional systems, Moscow, 1982, Ministry of Health of the U.S.S.R p.p 139 – 141.

D. On-going Research Support
The impact of food security on HIV Outcomes and Sexual Risk Behavior in South Western Uganda
Sub contract with UCSF: (PI: Weiser, S; K23 MHO79713) 04/01/07 – 03/31/12
E. Research awards
1. International Extramural Associates Development Award (IEARDA, 2011) PAR-10-172. This is a five year National Institute of Health (NIH) funded award which started in 2011 and is valued at $ 50,000 per year, making a total $250,000.In winning this award, I wanted the grant to assist in establishing the MUST Grants Office. The award allows the winner to spend a couple of weeks at the NIH headquarters in Washington to acquire knowledge of NIH policies, processes and procedures.
2. Initiative on Research and Innovation Management (IRIM) 2012. This award is aimed at allowing the transfer of knowledge and skills by the awardees of IEARDA to other researchers in Southern African Universities. I am supposed to conduct training workshops at the University of Zambia and at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in order to allow the transfer of such knowledge and skills to happen.


F. Trainings
I have undertaken training for the IEARDA Grant for a couple of weeks at NIH Headquarters in Maryland, USA and at George Washington, University, and Washington D.C. The training was aimed at acquiring the knowledge and skills in grantmanship.


G. Interests
I like Cricket, scouting, reading, attending prayers and travelling.

 

                                                                

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