Currently, the MU-UCSF Research Collaboration has ongoing training and career development programs which includes:
(1) Presenting at international research meetings. We encourage and support participation at international meetings and our researchers and trainees have contributed about 70 oral or poster presentations at international meetings, in particular the annual meetings of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, International Aids Society, and Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, and the meeting of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria, which is held in Africa every 3-4 years.
(2) The MU-UCSF-LSHTM Research Symposium. The purpose for this annual symposium is to provide a forum for young investigators to present and discuss ongoing research within the collaboration. As part of the broader East Africa collaboration, it has also allowed participation by partner research organizations as well. Each year 2 awards are given: the New Investigator Award which recognizes excellence in research designed and conducted by young scientists and the Distinguished Scholar Award recognizing the top ranked abstract of the meeting.
(3) MU-USCF-sponsored Young Ugandan Scientist Organization (YUSO). Another component of training in Uganda has been regular meetings of interested junior scientists. YUSO began as informal meetings between American investigators working in Uganda FIC trainees to discuss their research. These monthly meetings have evolved to provide an environment where all young Ugandans interested in clinical research can meet with their peers. The YUSO meeting is open to the general public and is announced in advance within the Mulago Hospital campus. YUSO presentations have been an excellent forum for presentation of thesis topics, discussion of new research ideas, presentation of analysis and paper concepts, and as a place of general learning for the young investigators and trainees. The primary emphasis of these meetings has been to allow young Ugandan scientists to openly discuss their research interests in a supportive and casual environment.