Ubaldo Bahemuka

Job role: 
Epidemiologist
Member type: 
Researcher
Brief Biography: 

I have always been passionate about improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities through improvement of health. Having attained an undergraduate medical degree in Human Medicine and surgery,  followed by postgraduate training in epidemiology, I have become equipped to fulfill my desire of improving community health through clinical research. My professional training has enabled me realize my dream of offering communities and populations better health care through the conduct of quality research and hence transforming health policy. Although my work in research has mainly centred around the field of HIV epidemiology and prevention, I have big interest in other areas like non communicable diseases and mental health. I have worked in rural areas of Uganda in Masaka, as well as, in an urban setting in Kampala, giving me the opportunity to investigate health issues in polpulations of varying demographic attributes. Since 2014, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative(IAVI) in partnership with the Medical Research Council began a project develop capacity of a rural clinical research center in Masaka to conduct future HIV vaccine efficacy trials. I was mandated to coordinate the studies for this project. I coordinated numerous epidemiological and clinical trials among the rural general population in Masaka and among high risk populations in these areas including: HIV discordant couples, high risk fisherfolk, sexworkers and members of the police force. These studies have produced data that has been useful in informing HIV prevention interventions. I coordinated the first ever HIV phase1 vaccine trials to be conducted in rural settings in subsaharan Africa.  I have continuosly lead the study coordination of the numerous ongoing studies simultaneously.

My specific duties include but not limited to protocol development and review, regulatory submissions to the IRB/UNCST and NDA, intiation and implementation of study protocols according to ICH-GCP, creating study budgets, community engagement, volunteer recruitment and retention, volunteer safety and clinical care, coordination of study audits and monitoring as well as respond to findings, and communication between the clinical research site and the study sponsors. As leader I am involved in staff recruitment, training as well as conducting continuous staff performance assesments and training. I have also been responsible for writing and presentation of data resulting from the above work in scientific meetings, conferences and peer-reviewed journals.

Regions of interest: 
Africa
Population: 
Minority populations
Disorders of interest: 
Epilepsy/seizures
Psychosis/bipolar disorder
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Alcohol/drug use disorders
Self-harm/suicide
All disorders
Country: 
Uganda

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