GEOHealth Hub Co-Investigator | University of Rwanda

Grants and Research Support Center
School of Public Health
University of Rwanda

Brenda Assimwe-Kateera is a medical doctor with a Masters in Public Health degree (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) after successful completion at Makerere University (MBChB) in 2003 and Johns Hopkins University (MPH) in 2011.

She has over 8 years experience as a physician and researcher with specific interest in infectious diseases and non communicable diseases. Because of her ardent interest in research and desire to make a difference in millions of lives, she has been a co-investigator on several research projects that mainly investigated novel ways of HIV prevention including among key populations like female sex workers. She has also been involved in HPV studies specifically characterizing the genotypes, incidence and clearance among HIV infected and HIV non infected men in a rural African population. She is currently a co-Principal Investigator on an NIH funded study will investigate the prevalence and incidence of HIV, HPV and anal disease in Rwandan Men who have sex with Men (MSM), as well as a Principal Investigator on research study that aims to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of diagnosis of malaria in drug shops in Rwanda.

She is passionate about teaching and building research capacity and in her current role as the director of the Grants and Research Support Center of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences in the University of Rwanda, she is responsible for developing and establishing a self sustainable research support center with the aim of building research capacity and stimulating a research culture among students and staff of the college. Previously, she coordinated and provided technical support to a multi-country research capacity building project in Rwanda. She has developed and facilitated several research related trainings such as Good Clinical Practice, Research Ethics, Research methodology, data management, biostatistics, basic and advanced epidemiology methods and evidence based medicine. She also provided leadership and coordinate multiple research and training initiatives with various donor and partners. She is currently, also, a mentor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to the students in the MPH programme.