JCRC marked 23 years of conducting high quality research in 2014. A complete list of all studies carried out at JCRC since 2000 was compiled and can now be accessed on the JCRC website (www.jcrc.org.ug).
In 2014 alone, a record of over 20 publications in peer reviewed scientific journals was achieved. Currently, 28 studies (see below) are being conducted at the JCRC Kampala and at the RCEs, majority of which are clinical trials.
JCRC received recognition for being a top recruiting site in the START study, BREATHER study and 2 of the ACTG protocols (A5225 and A5288).
The ARROW study coordinated at JCRC received an award from the British Medical Journal.
In 2014, 10 research presentations in form of abstracts were made at international fora such as CROI 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, World congress of cardiology scientific session in Melbourne among others. Also 2 presentations were made in the JCRC coordinated annual national HIV update meeting in Kampala.
Collaborative research with other partners both local (e.g IDI, Nsambya Hospital, UVRI/MRC), regional (Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia) as well as international (MRC-UK, ACTG) partners has been successfully conducted. Notably, Dr Robert Salata who is the Liaison Investigator to the ACTG’s Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) in Kampala, was recognized and praised by the different international ACTG sites for his outstanding work in the field of HIV/AIDS and research. JCRC has also partnered with pharmaceutical corporations like GILEAD and DNDi helping in the bringing of new drug products into use. Due to its confidence in the level of research at JCRC, GILEAD has continued to partner with the institution by introducing 2 more protocols at JCRC this year (protocol 160 and 117) in addition to the already ongoing 2 other protocols (WAVES and 106).
Electronic archiving of all research work conducted at the JCRC was achieved.
2 PhD students were and are still being supported to carry out their research at JCRC. They are being supervised and mentored by some of the senior and seasoned researchers at the institution.
Several staff members including nearly 100% of those at RCEs have received training and mentorship in proposal writing.