The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Tuberculosis Trials Consortium awarded its 2020 Sandman-Tapy Award to the Uganda-CWRU Research Collaboration site for its “significant and inspiring contributions” to the work of the consortium. The Uganda-CWRU Research Collaboration team was specifically recognized for conducting programmatically relevant research to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis worldwide.
Based in Kampala, Uganda, the team has enrolled more than 1,300 patients in CDC-sponsored TB treatment trials and innovative substudies since 2003. John L. Johnson, of the Department of Medicine at CWRU and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, and Harriet Mayanja-Kizza and Moses Joloba of Makerere University, Kampala, serve as team leaders. The site is particularly strong in its complete data and sample collection, the ability to conduct intensive translational immunologic, microbiologic and pharmacokinetic substudies in parallel with clinical trials, and long-term follow-ups.