University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB), University of Bamako, is based in Bamako, Mali. USTTB includes faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy and Basic Sciences, an Institute of Applied Science, and the research laboratories founded by the NIH/NIAID which focus on malaria, tuberculosis and retrovirology. In 2002, the NIH International Centers for Excellence in Research (ICER) program was established; today the Mali ICER at USTTB includes the Malaria Training and Research Center, the Entomology Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry, the Centre de Recherche et de Formation sur le VIH et la tuberculose and the University Clinical Research Center. In 2005, NIAID expanded the ICER program to include retrovirology and TB research. An ongoing FIC training grant with Northwestern University seeks to build capacity in HIV/TB research capacity. USTTB has collaborated with Northwestern since 2008 as a major partner of the Northwestern AITRP to train Malian researchers in clinical research and ethics.
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Dr. Seydou Doumbia, MD
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Odontostomatology & Director of University Clinical Research Center (UCRC), University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB).
Professor Doumbia has experience that covers infectious disease, particularly malaria, neglected tropical infectious diseases, HIV, emerging infectious diseases and community-based interventions. His experience as PI or Co-Investigator of several National Institutes of Health intramural Division of Intramural Research and extramural funded grants including the International Center of Excellence in Malaria Research as Project Leader, the Tropical Medicine Research Center, as Program Director, and the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIAID, and the University of Sciences, Techniques, and Technology of Bamako (USTTB) University Clinical Research Center laid the groundwork for developing sustainable infectious disease research training and career development programs for scientists and health research professionals. In addition contributed to the creation of the African Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Master Training Program in Bioinformatics in collaboration with the NIAID’s Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology, OCICB, and H3-Africa Bioinformatics Consortium.
Professor Souleymane Diallo devoted his academic and military professional career to the tuberculosis effort in Mali. During his career in the Malian Military as a medical doctor and at University of Sciences, Techniques, and Technology of Bamako (USTTB) he played a significant role in the training of virtually every tuberculosis specialists in the country. He will serve as the lead for a proposed Diploma Course development in microbiology, and oversee the virology and co-infection Diploma Courses and has recently been appointed as the full time Director of the Center for TB and AIDS Research in Mali, SEREFO, Laboratories of USTTB.
Bassirou Diarra, MD, MS
Dr. Diarra has a broad background in clinic and clinical microbiology, with specific training and expertise on transmission dynamics and the immune response to tuberculosis infection, especially in individuals who are co-infected with HIV. He has proposed research and the development of new strategies for achievement of scientific goals. Dr. Diarra also has experience working on animal samples for tuberculosis research. He is currently completing his PhD as part of a sandwich program with Institute of Tropical Medicine at Antwerp, Belgium and University of Sciences, Techniques, and Technology of Bamako.
Amadou Kone, PhD, MS
Dr. Kone is a molecular and cellular biologist and immunologist and a lecturer and researcher at the University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako in Mali. Recently, he was involved in the molecular diagnosis of Ebola virus during the Malian Ebola outbreak in 2014. Dr. Kone has been involved in immunological studies of the latency of tuberculosis with an emphasis on HIV and TB co-infection. He has also worked in generating immunogens including a region of the HIV envelope able to induce the production of neutralizing antibodies.
Almoustapha Maiga, PhD, PharmD, MS,
Dr. Maiga is a new researcher and has recently joined the faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sciences Techniques and Technologies of Bamako in Mali where he is the Director of the Virology Laboratories at Center for TB and AIDS Research in Mali, SEREFO, and the Gabriel Touré Universitary Hospital in Bamako, Mali. His training includes receiving a PharmD from the University of Bamako, a Master of Science in Immunology from University of Rene Descartes Paris, a Master of Science in Immunology Virology from Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, and a PhD in Virology from University Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris. Dr. Maiga has experience with the National AIDS Program in Mali, SOLTHIS, a French NGO which played a key role in HIV biological and clinical monitoring in Mali, and ESTHER, the French government international HIV/AIDS agency.
Dr. Sarro is an associate senior scientists in Center for TB and AIDS Research in Mali, SEREFO, laboratory. His research is focused on tuberculosis and HIV, two diseases in need of vaccination development. Sadio Sarro also studies latent tuberculosis in order to understand the mechanism supporting the latency and the reactivation during a severe immune depression. He supervises students from the Pharmacist school while they conduct their residency research in the Center for TB and AIDS Research in Mali (SEREFO) laboratory.
Mariam Sylla, MD
Professor Sylla is a Professor of Pediatrics working in the Pediatric Unit of the University Teaching Hospital of Gabriel Touré. She teaches pediatrics including symptoms and signs of diseases at the Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry at the University of Sciences, Techniques, and Technology of Bamako (USTTB). In addition to her daily clinical practice, she leads the “Centre d‟Excellence Pédiatrique pour la prise en charge du VIH/SIDA au Mali” which is the referral center for infected infants with HIV/AIDS in Mali. Dr. Sylla’s primary activities include: comprehensive medical and psychological care for infants infected with and exposed to HIV, training of medical doctors, residents and students in HIV care and treatment, and initiation and participation in clinical research with a focus on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.