Research-for-Cure Academy

Aisa Mamuu Shayo

Nationality: Tanzania
Institution: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College
Country of work: Tanzania

What is your motivation for engaging in HIV cure and remission research?

I have been working in Paediatric Infectious Clinic (HIV) since 2004 when it was started at KCMC hospital and I am currently the consultant Paediatrician at the clinic. I have been involved in a lot of research based on the cohort seen at the clinic. Currently, we have an adolescent group which has come up and much needed to be done for this age group. Among the most asked questions is ‘when are you going to get a cure for our problem?’ I believe that this fellowship, coupled with mentorship, will make me more skilled in the area of HIV and research.

What is your current area of research?

I have been a research collaborator at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and Duke University since 2011. We have published several scientific papers on topics including mental health, antiretroviral adherence, and virologic outcomes among HIV-infected youth. My primary interest is improving care for HIV-infected adolescents. Currently I am also involved in National HIV tasks and contribute to manuscript writing and editing from the national datas. I am interested in furthering my research career by obtaining a PhD with a focus on HIV-infected adolescents. By participating in this fellowship I will be exposed to a broad network of researchers to help guide me in research.