MKU to work with institute of primate research

Mount Kenya University (MKU), School of Health Sciences, in recognition of the growing need for quality research-oriented innovation   and   technological   advances has entered into collaboration with the institute of Primate Research (IPR) to offer Master of Science degree in Medical laboratory Sciences (MSc-MlS). The MSc-MLS program will be implemented as a two year master’s degree program that will engage students both in theoretical and practical research training. This program shall be implemented jointly by both MKU and iPR, however, lessons, practicals and research projects shall be supported by iPR who are investing in a new training centre at its premises in Karen that will host the students and program sup- port staff.

iPR is an internationally renowned research facility operating as a semi-autonomous directorate of the National Museums of Kenya. the institute is a research leader especially in Biomedical Sciences, and the only one of its kind in Africa with proven capacities  to  develop  and  utilize  animal models for medical research, generate scientific innovations and undertake capacity building in cutting-edge scientific research program. The students will also benefit from the breadth of well-trained scientists who are experts in the biomedical fields of immunology, parasitology, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, virology and laboratory animal sciences.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes iPR  as a collaborating centre for biomedil research and human reproduction. In addition, the institute is registered with the USa National institutes of Health-Office   of   Laboratory   Animal   Welfare (NiHOlaW) and has recently become an associate Partner of the EU Primate Net- work (EUPRiM-Net). iPR was conferred recognition by the WHO/UN supported African Network for drugs and diagnostics innovation (ANdi),  as an African  Centre of Excellence in Pre-clinical Research. The newly proposed MKU-iPR partnership will benefit from these linkages both locally and internationally resulting in a well informed and competitive MSc-MLS programme.

The newly developed iPR-MKU MSc- MlS programme is designed to equip students with the basics of research methodology; ability to design projects in the medical sciences and to carry out experiments based on important health questions; ability to synthesize, analyze and report findings competently; an appreciation of the challenges posed by common, emerging and re-emerging diseases; think broadly on how to solve medical problems in key areas of specialization as presented in medical laboratories; acquire and operate essential laboratory equipment; acquire good laboratory practices for proper laboratory management in research and hospital set-ups; ensure health and safety in medical laboratories; communicate with peers and other professionals in the health industry and be able to disseminate the acquired knowledge to others through presentations and publications.

The iPR-MKU MSc-MlS  programme has also taken into consideration the re- gional  market  demands  for  medical  lab experts, as well as the emerging trends in medical lab practice. The programme has a highly specialized curriculum consisting of various specialized fields including: Immunology, Haematology, Microbiology, Virology, Molecular Biology, Histology and Cytology that will require rigorous engagement of   students in   research- oriented training leading to publication of the pre-clinical and clinical research findings within the ongoing research programmes at iPR.  Upon completion of their programme, medical laboratory scientists have career opportunities in hospitals, physicians’ private practice, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical and cosmetic industries, veterinary and national /regional testing laboratories, health agencies, research and teaching institutions among others. In this way, these medical laboratory scientists (also called Medical technologists or Clinical laboratory Scientists) will be highly skilled professionals and will be able to use state-of-the-art instruments and biochemical, microscopic, molecular and immunological techniques to analyze blood, tissues and other medical specimens in research and in medical facilities.