The Power of Partnership

The Power of Partnership

Issued: Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:00:00 GMT

A delegation from the College of Medicine, Malawi recently visited the Institute infection, Immunity and Inflammation, and Wellcome Centre For Molecular Parasitology for a week’s long training, writes Alexandra Mackay.

The delegation included newly appointed staff from the Blantyre Blantyre (Malawi) Clinical research lab a facility being set up in partnership with University of Glasgow and funded directly by £1million from Scottish Government and match funded to £2million by the World Bank and the Wellcome Trust.

The delegation undertook training in laboratory information and financial systems, met University of Glasgow commercial, intellectual property, financial and IT staff who advised the delegation on best practice. A visit to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital biochemistry diagnostic lab, as well as a visit to life sciences company Reprocell, gave the delegation a wealth of ideas to take back to Malawi. The partnership between University of Glasgow and University of Malawi is proving to be a powerful one with many more exciting collaborations and research projects coming on stream in the New Year.

The delegation is pictured below with the Scottish Malawi Partnership banners. The banners are on tour around venues in Scotland and are aimed at promoting good partnerships with Malawi. Hosting the delegation in Glasgow were Professor Paul Garside, Institute of infection Immunity & Inflammation  Global Health Lead, Professor Andy Waters Director, Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology and Professor Iain McInnes, Director Institute Infection, Immunity & inflammation.

A delegation from the College of Medicine, Malawi recently visited the Institute infection, Immunity and Inflammation, and Wellcome Centre For Molecular Parasitology

Professor Garside said: “A great training and team building week with our colleagues from Malawi as we build the infrastructure and skills to deliver the Blantyre-Blantyre project.”

Professor McInnes said: “The University of Glasgow is proud to be working so closely with our colleagues in the College of Medicine in Malawi.  Together we seek to improve the lives of those afflicted by a variety of chronic infectious and non-communicable diseases that can now be far better managed than ever before.  Working together we will achieve our goals more quickly and more effectively.”

Professor Waters said: “The visit of the working Malawi delegation represents the next concrete step in the Blantyre-Blantyre project providing an opportunity for the necessary training and exposure to best practice in Glasgow that we are confident will be expertly deployed back home by the team.  It was also great to meet them and start building real working relationships.”