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Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is a State Corporation established through the Science and Technology (Amendment) Act of 1979, which has since been amended to Science, Technology and Innovation Act 2013. The 1979 Act established KEMRI as a National body responsible for carrying out health research in Kenya.

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is ranked the top health research institution in Africa in terms of health research output, according to the authoritative global information analytics giant, Scimago Lab.

KEMRI’s research regulation is comprised of the following research committees:-

  • Scientific Programme Committee (SPC)
  • Scientific Steering Committee (SSC)
  • Ethical Review Committee (ERC)
  • Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC)
  • Publications Committee (PC)

Research Centres

The following are the Research and Training Centres in the Institute:

  • Centre for Biotechnology Research and Development (CBRD) Nairobi.
  • Centre for Clinical Research (CCR) Nairobi.
  • Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR) Nairobi.
  • Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases Control Research (CIPDCR) Busia.
  • Centre for Microbiology Research (CMR) Nairobi.
  • Centre for Respiratory Diseases Research (CRDR) Nairobi.
  • Centre for Traditional Medicine and Drug Research (CTMDR) Nairobi.
  • Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR) Kisumu.
  • Centre for Virus Research (CVR) Nairobi.
  • Centre for Geographic Medicine Research, Coast (CGMRC) Kilifi.
  • Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasite Control (ESACIPAC) Nairobi.
  • KEMRI Graduate School of Health Sciences (KGSHS), Nairobi.

The Director, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)

The Director of the Institute is appointed under the provisions of the Science and Technology (Amendment Act 1979), by the Minister for the time being responsible for Health, on recommendation by the Board. He is the Chief Executive of the Institute. In this capacity, he is the accounting officer as well as the administrative and scientific head of the Institute.

The KEMRI senior management comprises of two Deputy Directors, namely Deputy Director (Research & Training) and Deputy Director (Administration & Finance); Assistant Directors, Directors of Centres, and heads of various Administrative divisions. This team meets quarterly under the "Chief officers Meeting" to transact business on on-ongoing and proposed Institute activities, and seek solutions to any challenges being experienced in pursuit of the Institute's core mandate of research.

KEMRI has,over the years,developed fruitful collaborative links with a large number of institiutions locally and abroad,and these links are constantly changing or increasing.The current collaborators include the following:

Local Collaborators

  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
  • Kenyatta National Hospital

National Universities and Tertiary Institutions

  • Egerton University
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology
  • Kenyatta University
  • Maseno University
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology
  • Moi University
  • University of Nairobi
  • University of Nairobi/Kenyatta National Hospital Ethics and Research Committee

International Collaborators

  • HIV Research Trust
  • British Medical Research Council
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA)
  • KEMRI- WellcomeTrust
  • Mahidol University,Bangok,Thailand
  • Nagasaki University Institute of Tropical Medicine
  • Royal Tropical institute,Amsterdam
  • United States Agency for International Development(USAID)
  • Walter Reed Army Institute of Medical Research(WAIR)
  • World Association of Industrial and Technologist ResearchOrganizations(WAITRO)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Drugs for Negelected Diseases Initiative (DNDi)
  • Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Regional Collaborators

  • Blair Research Centre-Zimbambwe
  • Ethiopia Health and Nutrition Research Institute -Ethiopia
  • Makerere University Medical School
  • Medical Research Council of South Africa
  • National Institute of Medical Research- Tanzania
  • Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research-Ghana
  • Suez Canal University-Egypt
  • University of Zambia Medical School-Zambia

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