Prof Sassy Molyneux

Prof Sassy Molyneux

Investigator & Site Co-Lead

Associate Professor at Oxford University based at the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya, since 1994. Sassy chairs the Health Systems and Research Ethics department in Kilifi, and plays a senior role in several international research consortia, including the Wellcome Trust funded Global Health Bioethics network, and two DFID funded health systems  network (RESYST, aimed at strengthening the resilience and responsiveness of health systems, and RinGs, aimed at strengthening the understanding of gender and ethics in health systems research). Her own research has focused on two main areas: the interface between health systems and households; and the interface between health researchers and communities. A current cross-cutting area of interest is examining and strengthening accountability processes at the frontline of health and research systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

Smolyneux@kemri-wellcome.org

Prof Vicki Marsh

Prof Vicki Marsh

Investigator & Site Co-Lead

Associate Professor at the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at Oxford University, UK, and the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya. Initially trained in medicine, Vicki’s early research centred on Malaria Home Care, including work with WHO, TDR and the Kenya Malaria Control Programme. For the past 10 years, her research has focused on the ethics of global health research, including community engagement, informed consent, disclosure of genetic findings and study benefits. Current research addresses research and public health data sharing, and vulnerability and resilience in research. Vicki leads on Ethics and Public Engagement training for an MSc in International Health and Tropical Medcine at Oxford University. After spending 25 years based in Kenya, Vicki now divides her time between Oxford and Kilifi.

VMarsh@kemri-wellcome.org

Rita Wanjuki

Rita Wanjuki

Assistant Research Officer

Rita has a BS in Environmental Health (Public Health) from Kenyatta University, Kenya. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Methods awarded competitively as a fully funded training programme offered collaboratively between KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme and Pwani University, Kilifi Kenya. She has worked on the Schools Engagement Programme, on a project evaluating the web-based engagement between the programme and local schools. She has also worked as a research assistant in a health policy study aimed at assessing the implementation of the free maternity policy within selected government hospitals in Kenya.

RWanjuki@kemri-wellcome.org

Scholastica Zakayo

 Scholastica Zakayo 

Research Officer

Holds a BA in Anthropology from Moi University, Kenya and Master’s degree in International Health and Tropical Medicine from the University of Oxford. Her research interests revolve around areas of global health concern such as Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health, Non-communicable diseases, and Research Ethics. Previously, she worked at the KEMRI/WT as an assistant Research Officer in Maternal and Child Health and Malaria Indicators studies consecutively.

Szakayo@kemri-wellcome.org

Maureen Wandia Njue

Maureen Wandia Njue

Research Officer

Research officer at the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust research programme, Kilifi, coordinating the activities of the research ethics group as well as conducting action research to support ethics across the Kilifi programme. She also serves as the Deputy- Chair of the Communication and Consent Committee (CCC), an Institutional review committee that reviews aspects of consent and communication for all new research proposals developed at the programme. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Maseno University, Kenya and a Master’s degree in Public Health (Health Services Research) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. In 2012, she received a Global Health Bioethics Network (GHBN) Bursary to conduct an exploratory study on how benefits and payments in biomedical research should be planned for and implemented. Her main research interests are around research ethics focusing on consenting processes and Benefits and payments in research.

Mnjue@kemri-wellcome.org

Prof Amina Abubakar

 Prof Amina Abubakar

Collaborating Principal Investigator (PI) of Case Study

Amina is an Associate Professor in Psychology and Public Health at Pwani University, Kenya and a Research Fellow at the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Wellcome Trust Research Programme. She is also an honorary fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK. Her main interests are in the study of developmental delays and impairments among children exposed to various health problems such as HIV, malnutrition and malaria. A focus in her work is the development of culturally appropriate strategies for identifying, monitoring and rehabilitating at-risk children. Dr Abubakar has been instrumental in developing various culturally appropriate measures of child development that have been used in many African countries. Additionally, she is interested in the role of psychosocial risk factors (such as maternal depression, quality of home environment, and parental SES) in shaping developmental outcomes of children experiencing various health problems.

Prof Jay Berkley

Prof Jay Berkley

Collaborating Principal Investigator (PI) of Case Study, CHAIN - The childhood acute illness and nutrition network

Paediatrician and Professor of Paediatric Infection Diseases, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Group Head / PI, Consultant Physician, Fellow and Supervisor, KEMRI Centre for Geographic Medicine Research – Coast and Wellcome Trust Research Programme in K ilifi, Kenya. Prof Berkley leads a research group focusing on infection and inflammation in childhood malnutrition, and on perinatal health. Jay joined the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Collaborative Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya in 1997. He undertook a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship on invasive bacterial infections and their relationships with malaria, HIV and malnutrition. His current Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Research Fellowship is on tackling infection and inflammation to prevent mortality in malnourished children. Jay is involved in the Kenyan national training programme on integrated management of severe acute malnutrition and is an expert adviser to the Ministries of Health and the World Health Organisation.