The University of Massachusetts Medical School
The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is excited to be the newest member of the AMPATH Consortium. UMass joined the Consortium in 2012 as a contributor to the Pediatric Oncology program with a focus on research that integrates pathology, genetics and infectious diseases. UMMS faculty from the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Psychiatry, Surgery and Emergency Medicine are also establishing a presence in Kenya by assisting with clinical care and teaching at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital as well as engaging in research collaborations with AMPATH partners.
UMMS will also provide clinical training and research opportunities for US and Kenyan medical students and residents interested in Global Health initiatives. UMass is committed to AMPATH's tri-partite mission of care, training and research which is essential for addressing disparities in health care access and delivery.
Other UMMS partnerships in Kenya include: The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). http://www.kemri.org/
Research scientists at UMMS have collaborated with Kenyan
scientists at the Kenya Medial Research Institute (KEMRI), in
Kisumu western Kenya for over a decade. KEMRI and AMPATH jointly
hosted the 1st oncology research grant writing workshop
in January 2013. The goal of this meeting was to mentor future
Kenyan scientists and prioritize research topics that would lead to
improved cancer care and survival for the citizens of Kenya.
This workshop was inclusive of all cancers
and highlighted the importance of mentoring future researchers throughout the world for sustained improvements in prevention and survival for patients diagnosed with cancer in limited resource settings. This workshop was funded by the US National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Contact for UMMS-AMPATH Program:
Director: Dr. Ann Moormann PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatric Immunology and Infectious Disease, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester