Elizabeth BUKUSI, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Elizabeth A. Bukusi earned her general medical degree and Masters in Obstetrics and Gynecology degree from the University of Nairobi. She then earned an MPH and PhD from the University of Washington’s Department of Epidemiology, and a post graduate diploma in Research Ethics from the University of Cape Town, She is currently pursuing a Masters in Bioethics from the Centre for Bioethics and Culture at the Sind Institute of Urology and Transplantation in Karachi. She is a Chief Research Officer and is the Deputy Director Research and Training at KEMRI. She is an Associate Research Professor at the University of Washington( Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Global health), an honorary lecturer at Aga Khan University in Nairobi (department of Obstetrics and Gynecology) and Volunteer Clinical faculty – Associate Professor at the University of California San Francisco (Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences).
Her primary areas of interest in research focus on sexually transmitted infections, reproductive health, and HIV prevention, care and treatment. In 1995, she established the Research Care and Treatment Program (RCTP) at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in collaboration with Dr. Craig Cohen (UCSF). In addition to conducting research, the goal of the program is to enhance local capacity to conduct sociobehavioral and biomedical research and provide HIV care through training and infrastructure development.
In addition to substantial experience in conducting research in Kenya as well as providing HIV care, mentoring and training different cadres of health care and research personnel, she has an interest in ethics and the development of systems and structures for regulation of research in the Institute and the country. She chairs the Scientiﬁc Steering committee (SSC) at KEMRI and oversees research regulation at the institute. She has served on the MIRA (Diaphragm) study, the CAPRISA 004 study and the LEAP(DNDi) DSMB’s. She currently serves on REALITY trial advisory board and IPM’s RING study DSMB, and Co-chairs HPTN's Women at Risk committee. In addition she is a member of the Kenya National AIDS Control Council HIV prevention Task force and serves on the WHO Department of Reproductive Health's Scientiﬁc Technical Advisory Board (STAG).
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