KASH - Bridging the Know-Do-Gap between Knowledge and action

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16th - 17th DECEMBER, 2015

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9th FEBRUARY, 2016

The Kenya Medical Research Institute is pleased to host the first ever American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) event in Africa just preceeding the 6th KASH Conference on the 9th Feb 2016.


10th & 12th FEBRUARY, 2016




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KEMRI Bioethics Revew Issue 4 2015


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KEMRI destroys its stockpiles of Polio viruses

Polio Destruction

Acting Director KEMRI, Dr. Gerald Mkoji addressing the press flunked on his right by the Head of Disease Surveillance and Response Dr. Daniel Langat and the WHO Coordinator of Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa, Dr. Sam Okiror shortly before destroying the polio subtype 2 virus at the Institute yesterday.

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Switzerland seeks more collaboration with KEMRI Scientists


Ambassador, Mauro Moruzzi, the head of International Affairs at the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation is briefed by the Acting Director, KEMRI, Dr. Gerald Mkoji. Amb. Moruzzi lead a delegation of 15 researchers and academicians in a tour of the Institute on Thursday, 14th, January, 2016.

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KASH - Bridging the Know-Do-Gap between Knowledge and action



Dr. Solomon Mpoke, PhD, MBS,
Director, KEMRI  

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Annual Scientific and Health (KASH) Conference is a premier annual forum for health researchers to showcase research carried out by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and her partners in the region. 

The theme of this year’s conference was “Towards a healthy, globally competitive nation: Vision 2030 flagships” focusing on the promotion of Critical Knowledge, Skills and Entrepreneurship for Competitiveness. The conference featured research talks, poster presentations and symposia on Neglected Tropical Diseases, Pharmaceutical & Health Product Innovation and Health Systems & Social Science Research. Key note speaker focused on Vision 2030 health research flagship projects.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Towards a healthy, globally competitive nation: Vision 2030 flagships” focusing on the promotion of Critical Knowledge, Skills and Entrepreneurship for Competitiveness.

The Conference was officially opened by Mr. Mark Bor, PS, Minister for Public Health and Sanitation.

Plenary speeches covered a range of information including early successes of treating HIV-infected people with antiretrovirals; Malaria Vaccine Trial in Kenya; Biorisk management; Research excellence through partnerships and capacity building.
This KASH Conference was the 2nd conference in the series of conferences organized by KEMRI, after earlier conferences dabbed KEMRI-KETRI Conference extended to the African region as African Health Sciences Congress (AHSC). The 2nd KASH conference attracted over 120 Abstracts covering current issues in HIV, AIDS, TB, Malaria, Microbiology, Parasitic Infections & Entomology, Traditional Medicine & Drug Development, Reproductive Health, Non Communicable Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases Public Health & Health Systems and Research Ethics & Governance.

The conference took place at the KEMRI Headquarters Nairobi from 8th to 10th February 2011 preceded by a pre-conference symposium on road safety on 7th February 2012. It was anticipated that the pre-conference symposium on road safety would be able to raise awareness about road traffic Accidents & injuries; strengthen demand for road safety; build political will;

  and support ongoing sustainable and collaborative efforts to implement the recommendations of the World report on road traffic injury prevention.

KEMRI prides itself in having a campus in its Nairobi headquarters with adequate Conference facilities able to host three parallel sessions, symposia and a beautiful graduation ground conducive to hosting exhibition booths in a safe and comfortable environment with efficient communication and its accessibility is just a cheap hop away from the central business district.


Jennifer Orwa, PhD, OGW
Chairlady - KASH Committee


US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Director visits KEMRI




The Director of the United States Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA),Dr. Elizabeth S. George,(seated,fourth from right) poses for a group photograph with KEMRI staff led by Deputy Director in charge of Research & Development ,Prof. Elizabeth Bukusi (seated, fourth from left) when she visited KEMRI on Monday, 25th, January, 2016.

DTRA director who was accompanied by other officials from the agency pledged to continue supporting the Institute to improve its levels of preparedness and reduction of any threat emanating from its work.

Headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Virginia in the US, DTRA's main functions are threat reduction, threat control, combat support, and technology development. Prof. Bukusi represented, Acting Director, KEMRI, Dr. Gerald Mkoji at the function.

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