By Christopher Bendana
Three young Ugandan scientists are 2020 Lindau fellows. The three are part of the 17 who were selected from across Africa by the Africa Academy of Sciences (AAS). The fellows attend the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The meeting is held annually alternating between the three main natural science disciplines of Chemistry, Physics and Physiology and Medicine. Fellows are invited to attend the meeting.
In a press statement released last week, the African Academy of Sciences had selected among;
Lillian Tugume, a graduate student in the College of Health at Makerere University in Uganda as a masters’ scholar at the Infectious Diseases Institute. Her master’s research is focusing on describing the population admitted with advanced HIV disease at Uganda’s National Referral Hospital to develop targeted interventions to this unique population.
Others are Beatrice Nassanga, a Ph.D. student of Immunology and Vaccinology at Makerere University, and Rawlance Ndejjo a Research Associate in the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health at Makerere University School of Public Health.
Nassanga’s who work at is focusing on investigating host and microbial factors that interfere with the development of potentially protective immune responses to TB vaccines.
On the other hand, Ndejjo who is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences at the University of Antwerp, Belgium is evaluating a community approach for cardiovascular disease prevention in a rural and semi-urban community in Uganda.
The conference attended by Nobel laureates is an opportunity for young scientists to interact and network with the best scientists from across the globe. The meeting is held in Lindau, Germany. The young scientist meets the elder scientist.
This year’s meeting that has been postponed to next year because of COVID-19 is the 70th Meeting of Nobel Laureates (Interdisciplinary) and the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences.