From Directors Corner

From Directors Corner

IPR Participation inthe National Research and Development Agenda: As a public institution, NMK-IPR is expected to play its rightful role of knowledge creation through research, and translation of research results into products and policies. As the second largest biomedical facility in the country (after KEMRI), and the only preclinical testing facility that has access to small and large animal models of human diseases in the country and region, we are uniquely suited to influence current and future medical practice, or the management and conservation of non-human primates, by generating research data that contributes to evidence-based policies and practice. So how is IPR contributing to the national research agenda in the country? We are represented and participate in many forums within and...

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Page7:News Flash

IPR Science and Ethics Committee is now nationally accredited

The IPR –Institutional Review Committee has achieved a major milestone this year following its accreditation by the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) as one of only 11 nationally accredited Ethics Committees in the country (see details at the NCST website This has been the culmination of a protracted application and review process that was initiated by the NCSTlast year and which was endorsed by the IRC and whose Chair Dr Hastings Ozwara prepared the application and pursued the issue relentlessly on behalf of the Institute.


Page6:Chief of Research’s corner

Researchers and the challenge of working to contribute to national policy

National policy being a crucial planning instrument for national development entails that all stakeholders including state and non-state actors demonstrate sufficient level of understanding of this important process.



Policy making and policy implementation are the two key elements of this process.In general, while most actors primarily either make or implement policy, researchers, by virtue of the intrinsic nature of the work they do, are demanded of to contribute to either facets of the process.


Page5:Primate Workshop

The Primate Pathology Workshop hosted by the Institute of Primate Research (IPR) on 9th November 2011 went very well.It had 34 registrants from various parts practical demonstrations of laboratory techniques,postmortem work Each registrant Development) record for 2011. Refreshments and lunch were served out of doors under the trees in the setting of the Oloolua Forest.

There were displays of literature relating not only to the pathology of non-human primates but also to the health, welfare and conservation of these and other East African species.