In 2016, two researchers shared the same question: what is the uptake of and barriers to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination? Upon meeting, Cecily Banura, from the Makerere University College of Health Sciences, and Nicole Basta, from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, quickly realized their complementary skills and expertise would enable them to tackle this question in rural Uganda, where the HPV vaccine has been rolled out nationwide. Their partnership tells the story of how scientific and medical discovery thrives when studies cross borders, and creates the potential to improve health worldwide. Their collaboration was ignited by the Uganda Hub’s networking efforts and funded by a Seed Grant from the University of Minnesota Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility. Watch the video to learn more about this collaboration.
Congratulations to Ponsiano Ocama, of the School of Medicine who is on one of the most recent teams to receive a University of Minnesota Global Health Seed Grant to study the immune response during hepatitis B and HIV coinfection.