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IHVN, UMB awards scholarship to 8 Nigerian researchers

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To build the capacity of Nigerian researchers to conduct effective implementation science researches in institutions in the country, the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) has collaborated with the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to award scholarship to eight candidates.

At a day intensive orientation of the beneficiaries, which held in the Institute’s head office in Abuja, interactive sessions and a tour of the Institutes’ facility were carried out. IHVN Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Patrick Dakum congratulated the candidates for scaling through the rigorous screening process. He advised them to plan their time so as not to be taken unawares or fall short of the expectations of the training program.

imagesExecutive Director, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria’s International Research Centre of Excellence (IRCE), Prof. Alash’le Abimiku, encouraged the candidates to put their best foot forward as this will be the first Implementation Science Forgaty Research Program at the University of Maryland (UMD), “Implementation sciences is an emerging trend and is relevant to all of the areas of research especially in resource limited countries. Our research here has to be appropriate with the kind of population that we have. “You are involved in something very unique and a lot of your experiences will go into modifying this program. It doesn’t matter what background you have, because in each of your backgrounds, you can actually conduct implementation sciences.”

Prof. Abimuku added that the National Institute of Health (NIH) has decided to invest in individuals and institutions. “The University of Maryland (UMD) picked IHVN as that institution because of our track record. Hence, you are one of the first few in this new cutting-edge science.

IHVN Associate Director, Training and Research, Dr. Sunny Phillips said the orientation is to kick-start the Masters of Science in Health Sciences Program organized by IHVN and UMB as an avenue to build their capacity in the international standard of implementation researches. “These trainees are thereafter, expected to pass down knowledge learnt to their colleagues at their various institutions across the country with the aim to ultimately improve the research culture in our Nigerian institutions.” This scholarship is a UMB EPI-Nigeria grant through Forgaty NHI, he added.

The candidates expressed joy at the rare opportunity they are being given. A candidate, Mr. Ruxton Adebiyi said, “this is an opportunity of a life time that is being awarded us. We do not take it lightly at all and will definitely make the most of it and pass on to others upon completion of the four-year program.”

The eight candidates from IHVN, University of Benin, Bayero University, Kano and University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu state, were selected for the program after a rigorous process conducted by International and local based experts in the research field using international standards. They were scored on merit, writing aptitude, GRE score and other parameters like potential impact of research and goals.

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