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JONANS TUSIIMIRE

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SENIOR LECTURER

Dr Jonans Tusiimire

Senior Lecturer

Department of Pharmacy

Faculty of Medicine

Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Contacts

Email:     Office: jonanstusiimire@must.ac.ug

Personal: jonanstusiimire@gmail.com

Phone:   (+256) 774521094 (WhatsApp)

(+256) 754858022

Skype:    jonans09

Twitter: @JTusiimire

Profile Statement:

I am a pharmacist and academician with over 12 years of experience in pharmacy professional education and training. My current research focuses on investigating capacity and quality assurance mechanisms for increased local production and appropriate use of essential medicines in Uganda. I obtained my PhD and MSc training at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom, specializing in pharmaceutical analysis, metabolomics, natural product drug development, quality assurance and drug quality control. I spent part of my time in the United Kingdom as an Analytical Sciences Intern at AstraZeneca in Macclesfield. My PhD project focused on developing novel applications from bee venom for anti-aging treatment and modulation of the immune system in humans.

I have spent my post-PhD period advocating for improved professional pharmacy training in Uganda. I have spearheaded the development of three new post-graduate pharmacy curricula, two of which are already nationally accredited. As chair of the education and grants committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda, I have advocated for improved professional competences and skills for pharmacists through special seminars and professional CPDs for students and Society members. I am a strong advocate of inter-professional collaborations and this has led to the recent national one-health symposiums on antimicrobial stewardship.

As a member of MUST academic staff association (MUSTASA), I have consistently advocated for better welfare of academic staff. As the current General Secretary of MUSTASA, I have lobbied for improved relations between MUSTASA Executive and Top Management/University Council. This has led to increased frequency of productive engagements between management and the academic staff. I am a member of the Executive of Forum for Academic Staff Associations of Public Universities in Uganda (FASPU) which has been lobbying for full implementation of the Presidential Directive on salary enhancement for all academic staff in Uganda.

Currently, I teach Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Pharmaceutical Analysis courses in the Department of Pharmacy to both pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences students. I also serve on both the Faculty Research Committee (FRC) and the Curriculum Committee in the Faculty of Medicine.

Education & Training

  1. Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom (2013-2016).
  2. Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Analysis from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom (2011-2012).
  3. Bachelor of Pharmacy from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda (2002-2006)
  4. Advanced Level at Ntare School, Mbarara (2000-2001).
  5. Ordinary Level at Ruhinda SS, Mitooma (1996-1999).

Professional Affiliations and Services

  1. Vice President and Chair Education and Grants Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda.
  2. Member Examinations Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda.
  3. Member Pharmacy Board, Allied Health Professionals Council, Ministry of Health.
  4. Member Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows Association.
  5. Member Uganda’s Pharmaceutical Sector Taskforce for careers in Academia, Industry, Research and Services.
  6. Member National Consultative Stakeholders’ Committee on Antimicrobial Use and Consumption Surveillance for Animal Health, Government of Uganda.

Extra-Curricular Services at MUST

  1. General Secretary, Mbarara University of Science and Technology Academic Staff Association (MUSTASA)
  2. Executive Member, Forum for Academic Staff of Public Universities in Uganda (FASPU)
  3. MUSTASA Representative, MUST Human Resource Manual Review Taskforce (2021)

Current Funded Research Project

Principal Investigator: Local production of pharmaceutical grade microcrystalline cellulose from maize cobs funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) under the National Research and Innovation Programme (NRIP) (2021-2022). The project is a collaboration between PSU, CiplaQCIL and MUST, KIU and Makerere Pharmacy Schools.

Current Postgraduate Students

  1. Felicien Kasali Mushagalusa. Phytochemical and Pharmacological Study of Chenopodium ambrosioides L. and Physalis peruviana L. herbs used to treat diabetes in Congolese Traditional Medicine. [PhD, Started in 2018]
  2. Jimmy Ronald Angupale. Preformulation Studies on Efficacious Ugandan Herbal Extracts and their Incorporation into Conventional and Novel Drug Delivery Systems.  Department of Pharmacy, MUST. [PhD, Started in 2020]
  3. Peter Buzaare. Association between Pre-Hospitalisation Antibiotic Exposure and Level of Bacterial Resistance: A Matched Case-Control Study at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy.
  4. Robert Kabanza Tumwesigye. Assessment of Patient Predictors of Adherence to Artemisinin-Lumefantrine at the Outpatients Department of Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.  Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy.
  5. Phiona Nabaggala. Assessment of Adherence to the Malaria Test and Treat Policy at the Outpatient Department of Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy.
  6. Ramadhan Mpiirwe. Efficacy and Toxicity of Phyllanthus amarus Leaf Extract in the Management of Carbon Tetra Chloride-induced Liver Fibrosis in White Wistar Rats. Master of Science in Pharmacognosy and Natural Medicine Science.
  7. Vivian Sharon Amito. In-Vitro Anti-Mycobacterial Activity of the Combination Aqueous Extract of Three Traditionally Used Plants and Anti-TB Drugs.  Master of Science in Pharmacognosy and Natural Medicine Science.
  8. Ronald Amaza Anyase. Pharmacognostical Evaluation, Safety and Efficacy of Citropsis articulata and Kigelia Africana plants traditionally used for Management of Erectile Dysfunction. Master of Science in Pharmacognosy and Natural Medicine Science.
  9. Geoffrey Kachiko. Pharmacognostic Analysis, Safety and Efficacy of Immuno-Kachiks™, a Ugandan Herbal Product, on Liver Tumours, Macrophages and Alpha-N-Acetylgalactosaminidase in Wistar Rats. Master of Science in Pharmacognosy and Natural Medicine Science.

Services to the Community

  1. Community Pharmacist, Pride Pharma Ltd, Mbarara
  2. Member Parents Teachers Association (PTA) for Ruhinda Secondary School
  3. Treasurer Ruhinda Secondary School Old Students Association (RUSOSA).
  4. Treasurer RWANYOSA Elites, the Alumni Association of Rwanyamunyonyi Primary School, Mitooma.
  5. Regional Coordinator Auxiliary Pharmacy Staff Training Programme, Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda (PSU).
  6. Professional Trainer USAID/EADSI-funded Accredited Drug Sellers (ADS) programme.

Previous Part-Time Academic Engagements

  1. Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics and Research, Kampala International University Western Campus.
  2. Dean and Senior Lecturer School of Pharmacy, Kampala International University Western Campus.
  3. Adjunct Faculty Member, Superior University, Lahore, Pakistan.
  4. External Examiner, Department of Pharmacy, School of Health Sciences, CHS, Makerere University.
  5. Teaching Fellow, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
  6. Laboratory Demonstrator for MPharm, MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis and BSc Biosciences programmes, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
  7. Analytical Science Summer Master of Science Student, AstraZeneca, Macclesfield, United Kingdom.
  8. Project Pharmacist, Medicines Sans Frontiers/Epicentre Mbarara Research Base, Mbarara.
  9. Visiting Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
  10. Teaching Assistant Volunteer, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University.

Career Achievements

  1. Developed two postgraduate pharmacy curricula in Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Control and Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology which are accredited by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda.
  2. Developed a Master of Science curriculum in Pharmaceutical Analysis at MUST which is currently in final stages of being accredited by the National Council for Higher Education.
  3. Successfully supervised over 30 undergraduate pharmacy projects.
  4. Currently supervising 8 Masters and 3 PhD students in pharmacy-related research projects.
  5. Has published over 14 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including two book chapters.

Scholarships and Awards

  1. Award of excellence in pharmacy professional training by the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda.
  2. Wissen-KIAT-Strathclyde Scholarship award for PhD at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.
  3. Texas Christian University (TCU) Scholarship award for PhD in Medicinal Chemistry [turned down].
  4. Ferring Therapeutics prize for the most academically outstanding student on the MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis course at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K.
  5. Commonwealth Scholarship Award for MSc in Pharmaceutical Analysis at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, U.K.
  6. Best Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
  7. Ntare School Old Boys Association (NSOBA) award for best student in UACE 2001 examinations.
  8. Bushenyi District award for best student in UCE 1999 examinations.
  9. Best pupil in Primary Leaving Examinations in Ruhinda County, Bushenyi District.

Mentored Pharmacy Innovations

  1. Social Impact Award (Health Directory and Drug Authentication App)
  2. UPSA/O’Sam Heights Pharmaceutical Innovation Award (HB Drug Applicator.
  3. JMS Pharmaceutical Innovation Challenge at the 40-year anniversary (Portable Robotic Drug Dispenser).

Publications

  1. Bawazeer, S., Ali, A.M., Alhawiti, A., Khalaf, A., Gibson, C., Tusiimire, J. and Watson, D.G., 2017. A method for the analysis of sugars in biological systems using reductive amination in combination with hydrophilic interaction chromatography and high resolution mass spectrometry. Talanta, 166, pp.75-80.
  2. Alonezi, S., Tusiimire, J., Wallace, J., Dufton, M.J., Parkinson, J.A., Young, L.C., Clements, C.J., Park, J.K., Jeon, J.W., Ferro, V.A. and Watson, D.G., 2017. Metabolomic profiling of the synergistic effects of melittin in combination with cisplatin on ovarian cancer cells. Metabolites, 7(2), p.14.
  3. Siheri, W., Alenezi, S., Tusiimire, J. and Watson, D.G., 2017. The Chemical and Biological Properties of Propolis. In: José M. Alvarez-Suarez (ed.) Bee Products-Chemical and Biological Properties (pp. 137-178). Springer, Cham.
  4. Woods, N., Niwasabutra, K., Acevedo, R., Igoli, J., Altwaijry, N., Tusiimire, J., Gray, A., Watson, D. & Ferro, V. 2016. Natural vaccine adjuvants and immunopotentiators derived from plants, fungi, marine organisms, and insects. In: Schijns, V. & O'hagan, D. (eds.) Immunopotentiators in Modern Vaccines. Second ed. London: Academic Press.
  5. Alonezi, S., Tusiimire, J., Wallace, J., Dufton, M.J., Parkinson, J.A., Young, L.C., Clements, C.J., Park, J.K., Jeon, J.W., Ferro, V.A. and Watson, D.G., 2016. Metabolomic Profiling of the Effects of Melittin on Cisplatin Resistant and Cisplatin Sensitive Ovarian Cancer Cells Using Mass Spectrometry and Biolog Microarray Technology. Metabolites, 6(4), p.35.
  6. Tusiimire, J., Wallace, J., Woods, N., Dufton, J. M., Parkinson, J. A., Abbott, G., Clements, C. J., Young, L., Park, J. K., Jeon, J. W., Ferro, A. V. & Watson, D. G. (2016). Effect of Bee Venom and its Fractions on the Release of Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines in PMA-Differentiated U937 Cells Co-Stimulated with LPS. Vaccines, 4(2): 11.
  7. Tusiimire, J., 2016. A study of the biological activity of bee venom and its fractions with regard to cosmetic science and immunology. Thesis [Ph. D] -- University of Strathclyde, 2016.
  8. Tusiimire, J., Wallace, J., Dufton, M., Parkinson, J., Clements, C. J., Young, L., Park, J. K., Jeon, J. W. & Watson, D. G. (2015). An LCMS method for the assay of melittin in cosmetic formulations containing bee venom. Anal Bioanal Chem, 407: 3627-3635.
  9. Brhlikova, P., Maigetter, K., Murison, J., Agaba, A.G., Tusiimire, J. and Pollock, A.M., 2020. Registration and local production of essential medicines in Uganda. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, 13(1), pp.1-8.
  10. Alonezi, S., Tusiimire, J., Wallace, J., Dufton, M.J., Parkinson, J.A., Young, L.C., Clements, C.J., Park, J.K., Jeon, J.W., Ferro, V.A. and Watson, D.G., Supplementary Materials: Metabolomic Profiling of the Synergistic Effects of Melittin in Combination with Cisplatin on Ovarian Cancer Cells.
  11. Matovu, J., Gonahasa, M., Munanura, E. I., Ntulume, I., and Tusiimire, J., 2021. Microbial and Physical Evaluation of Selected Cough Syrups Sold at Peripheral Drug Outlets in Bushenyi District, South Western Uganda. African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology [in press].
  12. Kirabo, M. K., Kyomya, J., Mayoka, J. W., Namunyenga, R., Jaggwe, R., Imanirampa, L., and Tusiimire, J., 2021. Variation of Antioxidant and Antibacterial Activities of Ethanolic Extracts of Propolis from Three Different Agro-Ecological Zones of Uganda. African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology [in press].
  13. Karekoona, F., Tadele. M., and Tusiimire, J., 2021 "Factors Associated With Non-Adherence To Antidiabetic Medication Among Patients at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospit,al, Mbarara, Uganda." [in press].
  14. Mushagalusa, K.F., Kadima, J.N., Tusiimire, J., and Agaba, G.A., 2021. Ethnomedical uses, Chemical constituents and Evidence-based Pharmacological properties of Chenopodium ambrosioides L.: Extensive Overview. Future Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. [Accepted]

 

 

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