Nagasaki University to work with KEMRI to train Kenyan scientists on vaccine development

KENYA – Japan’s Nagasaki University will from 2023 work with KEMRI Graduate School (KGS) in high-level training of KEMRI and Kenyan scientists in vaccine development.

The agreement was reached during a visit to Nagasaki by Prof. Elijah M. Songok, Director of KEMRI Graduate School.

The training will be on the whole vaccine development pipeline from basic science and product development to clinical trials.

The vaccine development training will involve the Japanese and Kenyan pharmaceutical industries partnership.

“We are excited on this new focused pathway for partnership,” Prof. Songok said

“After the experience of the COVID-19 vaccine, KEMRI is playing a pivotal role in R&D for vaccine research and delivery in Kenya and the partnership with Japan institutions will greatly support our efforts in search for better health for Kenya and the East Africa region.”

Nagasaki university has had a very long-standing partnership with KEMRI in research and research capacity building.

In May this year The State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Hon. Takako SUZUKI, paid a visit to KEMRI.

The state minister who was in the country to attend the 2nd Japan Africa Public-Private economic forum paid a familiarization tour to enhance further collaboration and partnership.

Japan and Kenya have been collaborating for over 40 years to create and develop KEMRI into the centre of research excellence not only in Kenya but also in the Eastern Africa region.

Japan has been among KEMRI’s foremost partners overtime which has aided the great steps in human health research till now it is in the journey of research that influences policy, practice, and product, response to emerging diseases and enabled the institute to support neighbouring countries like Somalia through the establishment of the P3 laboratory.

KEMRI formed partnerships with various Japanese Universities such as Nagasaki University to enhance research capacity which has played a prominent role, as it has not only sent research personnel to work at the Institute, but it also provided scholarships for Kenyan research scientists to study in Japan.

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