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Name: Prof. Nelson SEWANKAMBO
Area of Specialization: Medicine and Principal
Prof. Sewankambo is a Ugandan physician, academician, medical researcher and medical administrator. Currently he is the President of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS);Professor of Medicine and Principal, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, a semi-autonomous constituent college of Makerere University.
Prof. Sewankambo was educated at Namilyango College and in 1971, he entered Makerere University School of Medicine, where he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), graduating in 1976. He went on to obtain the Master of Medicine (MMed) degree, specializing in Internal Medicine, also from Makerere in the early 1980s.He later obtained a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Clinical Epidemiology, from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP). He was later awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) by McMaster University.
In the early 1980s, Dr. Sewankambo was one of the earliest physicians in Uganda to recognize the new disease that caused patients to lose weight and "slim" down to abnormal chachectic sizes. The new disease, at first called Slim Disease, became known as HIV/AIDS. He has been at the forefront on the research about the disease, specializing in HIV clinical drug trials.  He has extensively published the finding of his research in medical journals and other peer publications. In the late 1990s, he was appointed Dean of Makerere University School of Medicine. He served in that position until 2007 when he was promoted to the position of Principal, Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS), a position that he occupies up to today.
Prof. Nelson K. Sewankambo a Professor of Medicine is the Principal (Head) of Makerere University College of Health Sciences and previously Dean of Makerere University Medical School. He has devoted his last 15 years of professional life to the advancement of medical education, research, and capacity development. He is the Coordinator of the IDRC funded International Chairs Initiative that focuses on the evaluation of knowledge translations platforms. He is the Regional Coordinator of Supporting Use of Research Evidence for Policy (SURE Project), which aims to promote the use of evidence in health policy decisions. Prof. Sewankambo also initiated a successful research capacity building consortium involving seven African institutions (4 universities and 3 research institutes) and two universities in the UK. He is providing leadership for an Africa-wide initiative for Strengthening Research Capacity in Africa (ISHReCA). In 2010, with NIH funding, he spearheaded the start of a national MEPI consortium of Uganda Universities to jointly address the country’s health professional education needs. He has participated in a number of key global health initiatives and committees for example he is a member of the FAIMER Board. He joined the category of Health and Medical Sciences of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences in 2012.
Organization: Makerere University