Duke’s Global Partnerships Shine Bright as part of Global COVID Coalition

A recent webinar from the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition highlights the strength of Duke’s global partnerships with two of our major collaborating institutions, Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania.

The webinar, entitled Setting up biorepositories and increasing sequencing capacity to respond to SARS COV 2 in LMICS”  , was written by Dr. Blandina Mmbaga, a member of the Coalition’s Virology, Immunology and Diagnostics working group and a pediatrician and researcher at KCMC in Moshi, Tanzania.  Dr. Chris Woods is co-chair of this group which also includes Dr. Kirtika Patel from one of Duke’s longest standing partners, Moi University in Kenya.  The focus of the webinar is the role that biorepositories play in sample preservation, storage and sequencing capabilities in low resource settings battling COVID-19.

Established shortly after the pandemic began, the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition consists of more than 225 institutions from over 60 countries who seek to share and promote high quality research and global equity in the fight against COVID-19.  By supporting open and inclusive research in areas such as epidemiology, data sharing and clinical management of COVID-19 in resource limited settings, the Coalition aims to provide knowledge and equitable access to resources for all.

Global partners participate on the biorepositories webinar. Clockwise from top left: Drs. Wilber Saabiti, Blandina Mmbaga, Rogers Kamulegeya, Chris Woods, and Kirtika Patel.