KEMRI Centre for Clinical Research


The Centre for clinical research (CCR) was established in 1985 as a clinical trials unit to support development of drugs and vaccines aimed at tackling priority disease conditions in the country. It has grown over time and established linkages with key institutions and partners notably the United States Medical Research Unit (USAMRU) , Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), where KEMRI is a founding member, the University of Washington,  Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) , University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).The centre scientists have undertaken numerous clinical trials initially these were for the treatment of leishmaniasis (kala azar) in children. During this inception years, CCR was a must visit site for the university of Nairobi Medical students to understand the value of research in drug development and the appropriate treatment of patients



To improve human health and quality of life through research, capacity building and service delivery


To be a globally recognized Centre of excellence in human health research.


  1. Undertake research in communicable and Non communicable diseases.
  2. Provide a platform for clinical trials (drug safety and efficacy) in neglected, communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  3. Provide a conducive environment for patient/ participant monitoring, support and safety. READMORE.

Products and services offered

  1. Laboratory diagnostics
  2. Diagnostic imaging services. General X-Ray and Ultrasonography
  3. Endoscopy services
  4. General outpatient services
  5. Pharmacy dispensing services
  6. Catering services
  7. Laundry services


  1. Undertake research in Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
  2. Provide a platform for clinical trials (drug safety and efficacy) in Neglected, Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
  3. Provide a conducive environment for patient/participant monitoring, support and safety
  4. Test new therapies, tools and vaccines for new therapies READMORE.



Clinical trials are undertaken at the Nairobi Station and the county stations of Thika, Kisumu, Kericho. The competencies that are established for clinical trials include, Data Management Capacity, Clinical Research Laboratories, Community Advisory Boards, Research Oversight / Governance, Trial Operational Management and Regulatory Support. READMORE

Ongoing Projects

  • A demographic surveillance system (DSS) in the previous bed net study area aimed at establishing a high quality surveillance system in a population of 135,000 and provide an infrastructure that will yield reliable demographic
    data and serve as a platform to evaluate the impact of public health interventions on morbidity and mortality.
  • Population genetics of malaria vectors.
  • The effects of climate change on human health.
  • The epidemiology and immunology of malaria epidemics in the highlands. READMORE

Ongoing Projects

  • A community-based trial on the impact of insecticide-treated bed nets on childhood morbidity and mortality in an area of intense and perennial malaria transmission in western Kenya,
  • The interaction of malaria and HIV in pregnant women and the immuno-epidemiology of malaria in western Kenya,
  • The Asembo Bay Cohort Project.

Dr. Veronica Kemunto Manduku

Deputy Director Centre For Clinical Research
Dr. Veronica Manduku is the Deputy Director, Centre for Clinical Research and has a background in diagnostic imaging. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from Pune University, India (1996) and a Masters in Medicine in Diagnostic Imaging from the University of Nairobi (2003). As a director, she coordinates a robust research team with expertise in clinical trials, epidemiology and basic sciences within several research stations including the Nairobi, Kisumu, Kericho and Thika counties. The team typically undertakes research in key infectious diseases like HIV, Malaria, Leishmaniasis, Sickle cell disease and a good number in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) like Mental and dental health, cancer, child and adolescent health, reproductive health among others.

Contact Info

Kenya Medical Research Institute Headquarters, 

Nairobi. off Mbagathi way,

P.O BOX 20778 – 00200 Nairobi

Tel: 2720781