About the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

The MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit is an internationally recognized center of excellence for research on HIV infection and related diseases, contributing knowledge on the evolving epidemic, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention, and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide.

The Unit was established under an agreement between the Ugandan and the British Governments to collaborate in the research of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) in 1988. The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts.

Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies (vaccines, microbicides and therapies), the Unit has provided evidence on the changing nature of the HIV epidemic, including the pathogenesis of the virus, disease mechanisms, transmission dynamics, prevention practice and the optimisation of care which has had real impact on practice and policy in Uganda and beyond.

In 2014, the Unit engaged in a high level strategic review of future health priorities of the East Africa region. As a consequence, the Unit was strongly supported during this review to evolve its research activities within three key priority thematic areas HIV; Endemic, Neglected, Emerging and Re-emerging Infections (ENERI); and Non-Communicable Disease (NCD).

Following the signing of strategic transfer agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formerly joined LSHTM on 1ST February, 2018. The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health issues in Africa and throughout the world.

Mission (2017-2022);
1. To conduct research to add knowledge and improve the control of infectious and non-communicable diseases both in Uganda, in Africa and globally
2. To contribute to the translation of research findings into policy and practice and
3. To build capacity for research in Africa.

Our vision is to build on the Unit's past research achievements, and new opportunities, to contribute to the control of the HIV epidemic, of other infectious diseases, and of non-communicable diseases, in Uganda, the region and the world.

MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit, Strategic Aims
1. Deliver excellent science aimed at contributing to the control of infectious and non-communicable diseases through a cohesive Theme-based research approach cemented by cross-Programme/disciplinary interactions
2. Strengthen partnerships and collaborations
3. Build human and infrastructural capacity
4. Attract external funding
5. Translate knowledge into policy and practice