Anders Omsland, assistant professor, was awarded $406,543 from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the sexually transmitted Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium, a leading cause of preventable blindness in developing countries.
Thumbi Mwangi, clinical assistant professor, and M.K. Njenga, research professor, together with colleagues from Centers for Disease Control-Kenya and Kenya’s Zoonotic Disease Unit, led a team of about 40 professionals working in the human health and animal health sectors in Kenya to prioritize and rank zoonotic diseases in Kenya. Participants in the September meeting developed a ranked list of 38 zoonotic diseases of importance in Kenya. Results from the meeting will help rational allocation of resources towards surveillance, research, prevention and control.