February 22, 2019

The UNZA-Vanderbilt Training Partnership for HIV-Nutrition-Metabolic Research (UVP) continues a longstanding training collaboration between the University of Zambia School of Medicine/University Teaching Hospital (UNZA/UTH), and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH). Dr. Douglas Heimburger, Associate Director for Education and Training for VIGH and Dr. Selestine Nzala, Head, Department of Medical Education, University of Zambia School of Medicine serve as Principal Investigators. A key component of the program includes in-country training and faculty development workshops to enhance graduate programs at UNZA.

This year, UVP held their annual workshop in February on the topic of HIV and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). The purpose of the workshop was to address the science linking HIV and CVD, to highlight research methods, and to build a vision for research opportunities in the area. More than 50 faculty, students, and clinical staff members attended the workshop.  

Presenters included CVD researchers at UNZA and VUMC based UVP mentors Dr. John Koethe (Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases) and Dr. Annet Kirabo (Assistant Professor, Clinical Pharmacology, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics). The UNZA-Vanderbilt Partnership is supported by National Institutes of Health grant D43TW009744.