Meet Dr Annettee Nakimuli
Dr Annettee Nakimuli, a lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Makerere University, Uganda, (MUII) became involved with the Cambridge-Africa Programme at the start of her PhD studies.
Through the Cambridge-Africa Programme, Dr Annettee Nakimuli was partnered with Professor Ashley Moffett from the Department of Pathology and visits Cambridge each year for research training, mentoring and collaboration.
On visits to Cambridge I learnt the practical techniques I needed to be able to conduct high quality research in Uganda. Ashley's immunological understanding helped me enormously.
Dr Nakimuli submitted her PhD thesis to Makerere University in 2014 on the subject of pre-eclampsia, a major cause of maternal death in Africa, and her research was of great interest to Professor Moffett, showing how the programme's benefits flow in both directions.
Since then, she has been awarded a two-year MUII post-doctoral fellowship to conduct further research, continuing with Professor Moffett as her Cambridge mentor.
It was an enlightening experience to be able to work in Cambridge and in Africa with impressive medical scientists like Annettee, who see first-hand the severity of the pre-eclampsia problem in Africa. The links we now have will continue into the future as Annettee builds her own research programme.
The Cambridge-Africa Programme partners mid-career African academics with mentors or collaborators at the University of Cambridge.
It was set up through donations from The ALBORADA Trust, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the AG Leventis Foundation, the Isaac Newton Trust and the Wellcome Trust.