The Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) in Kampala

The Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) in Kampala, Uganda is located on the outskirts of Kampala and was founded in 1990 as a joint partnership between the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Defence. The clinic is affiliated with Makerere University and receives support from both government and private resources, including DDCF and competitive grants.There are currently 95 members of staff and volunteers working at the clinic. The clinic treats patients with HIV and related infectious diseases. As of the 1st of April 2010, there were approximately 8300 HIV positive patients on follow-up in this clinic, of whom approximately 5300 patients are currently on first-line treatment, and approximately 900 patients have been started on second-line therapy. The site has a great deal of experience in clinical research and has participated in numerous trials including DART, CARE, ACTG, PASER, MARCH, JIP, JTV, HPTN 02, ARROW, Community Immune Function study (KC), Pleural study, Damaged Nich study, MERK Trial, RANDS and CHAPAS 3. The key EARNEST site personnel are Prof. Peter Mugyenyi (PI), Dr. Cissy Kityo (Co-PI) and Dinah Tumukunde (Trial Manager) and these are ably supported by a comprehensive and enthusiastic team.

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