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IHVN and NIMR to build capacity of researchers in the country

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The International Research Center of Excellence (IRCE) of the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) is to collaborate with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) to build the capacity of researchers in the country.

This was disclosed during a courtesy visit of NIMR Director General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Babatunde Lawal Salako, to IHVN headquarters in Abuja.

Executive Director, IRCE, Prof. Alash’le Abimiku stated that interested NIMR researchers would be trained on grant application and mentored to increase their research portfolio. “For NIMR to reach out for this partnership is a huge opportunity which could give birth to great achievements,” Prof. Abimuku said.

Prof. Adewole said, “As a nation, even though there is much work to be done, I would say our HIV program has been highly productive and moving in the right direction with over 900,000 patients on treatment, improved and functional logistical systems for commodities management and highly skilled manpower for the management of HIV/AIDS.”

imagesEarlier on NIMR DG expressed the need for young researchers to be trained on grant applications. “NIMR has 49 researchers and many of the early stage researchers require funds to implement their research projects and without grants there is no way their projects, no matter how lofty, will be executed. These are some of the reasons why this partnership is important to us,” he said.

Also discussed at the meeting were IRCE plans to facilitate mentorship through its network of researchers in universities within and outside the country and collaboration with NIMR researchers on grants for non-communicable diseases.

The International Research Center of Excellence (IRCE) is a center of excellence established in 2015 by the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) to promote public/private partnership for quality health services, capacity building and research in West Africa.

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