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Professor Nelson Sewankambo

Professor Nelson Sewankambo

Professor of Medicine

Principal of Makerere University College of Health Sciences


Prof. Nelson K. Sewankambo MBChB, MSc, M.MED, FRCP, LLD (HC), a Professor of Medicine is the Principal (Head) of Makerere University College of Health Sciences and previously Dean of Makerere University Medical School. He has devoted his last 15 years of professional life to the advancement of medical education, research, and capacity development. He is the Coordinator of the IDRC funded International Chairs Initiative that focuses on the evaluation of knowledge translations platforms. He is the Regional Coordinator of Supporting Use of Research Evidence for Policy (SURE Project), which aims to promote the use of evidence in health policy decisions. Dr. Sewankambo also initiated a successful research capacity building consortium involving seven African institutions (4 universities and 3 research institutes) and two universities in the UK. He is providing leadership for an Africa-wide initiative for Strengthening Research Capacity in Africa (ISHReCA). In 2010, with NIH funding, he spearheaded the start of a national MEPI consortium of Uganda Universities to jointly address the country’s health professional education needs. He has participated in a number of key global health initiatives and committees for example he is a member of the FAIMER Board.

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Between 2013 and 2018, the Centre supported collaborative partnerships and scientific training activities in basic biomedical and health-related research. This was achieved through coordinated cross-faculty research across departments and research institutes in Cambridge including The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute