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Rose Opiyo attends the Wits Clinical Trials Course, 12 – 16 September 2011.

posted Nov 1, 2011, 5:17 AM by Makau Ngola   [ updated Nov 1, 2011, 5:27 AM ]
Rose Opiyo of the University of Nairobi and a CARTA fellow Cohort 1 is a registered PhD student at the University of Nairobi.  In keeping with the expectations of her CARTA PhD fellowship, Rose attended a Clinical Trials Course from 12 – 16 September 2011 at the School Public Health of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. CARTA fellows, as part of their PhD fellowship, are supported to participate in scientific seminars, hence, CARTA fully met the cost of Rose’s of training.

The course on clinical trials content proved very useful to Rose’s study.  Her PhD research which is entitled “Role of Omega-3 fatty acids on depression among HIV-seropositive pregnant women” is also a clinical trial design.  Hitherto, Rose had modeled her studies on population-based observation.  Expressing her appreciation for participation and stating the relevance of the course to her PhD studies, Rose likened the course to nuts and bolts in a car which she said “ “Those small nuts and bolts, which are many and not easy to find in one-stop shop,  yet, must be purchased and fixed to avoid constant mechanical problems with the car on the road”. Likewise, the nitty-gritty for a successful clinical research are often not adequately addressed in most research methodology courses offered, or in one single literature. The wealth of hands-on experiences on clinical research planning, grant writing, management and implementation that were shared by the course facilitators during the training made a lot of difference in my understanding of a clinical trials.”
Rose Opiyo (Second from right front row with colleagues at the Clinical Trials Course
Her attendance enabled building academic contacts that she said she could fall-back to for

advice and other consultations whenever there was a need.  Looking at the strong pool of expertise running the course, one notices Peter Nyasulu, another CARTA PhD fellow from the University of the Witwatersrand who covered overview and design of clinical trials.  We can only say that the CARTA program is creating and strengthening academic networks in Africa.