Consequently, Dr. Shahin Sayed, a consultant pathologist and senior
faculty in the department of pathology was also awarded a USD 19,000
research grant by the AKU University Research Council (URC) towards
the purchase of Bio-repository equipment in the furtherance of
Biobanks are the foundation of three rapidly expanding
domains of biomedical research: Molecular and genetic epidemiology
and Molecular pathology and Pharmacogenomics/ pharmacoproteomics.
"The era of precision and personalized medicine requires
annotated human tissue and biologic samples for investigation.
"In order not to infringe on routine pathologic samples collected
as per standard of care, one needs a dedicated tissue repository for
research purposes, "explains Dr. Sayed
"Further research in breast cancer for example will necessitate
exploration at the molecular, genetic and genomic level and this
requires us to attract large international collaborative grant
"Having a bio-repository of breast cancer tissue with its
corresponding population controls in place thus provides AKU
investigators the competitive edge to respond to future Requests for
Application (RFA)," she concluded.
Lastly, Dr. Angela Koech Etyang, an alumni working at AKU’s
Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health in East Africa also
won a USD 100,000 grant. According to the Director of the Center,
Professor Marleen Temmerman "the grant will support a PHD project
led by young Kenyan women scientists on reducing the consequences of
unsafe sex such as HIV in young girls".
The grant was courtesy of the Alliance for Accelerating
Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) which is an Africa-led,
Africa-centered, and Africa-specific platform for developing
strategies, mobilizing resources, implementing science, technology
and innovation (STI) programmes in Africa and evaluating the impact
of these investments. AESA was launched in 2015.
Chartered in 1983, the Aga
Khan University is a private, autonomous university that
promotes human welfare through research, teaching and community
About the Aga Khan University:
Based on the principles of quality, access, impact and relevance,
the university has campuses and programmes in Kenya, Tanzania,
Uganda, the United Kingdom, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Its facilities include teaching hospitals, Faculties of Health
Sciences with Schools of Nursing and Midwifery and Medical Colleges,
Institutes for Educational Development, an Examination Board and an
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.
A Graduate School of Media and Communications, an East African
Institute and an Institute for Human Development are under
development while Faculties of Arts and Sciences are to be set up in
Pakistan and East Africa.
Through its needs-blind admissions policy, the University imbues
the most promising leaders and thinkers of tomorrow with an ethic of
service and the skills to help communities solve their most pressing
The Aga Khan University is one of nine agencies in the Aga Khan
Development Network, a group of private development agencies with
mandates ranging from health and education to architecture, culture,
microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion
of private-sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic