IBRH3AU is an intergrated biorespository under the H3Africa Biorespository Initiative located at Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) a Center of Academic Excellence, Health Care and Collaborative Research. MakCHS was historically established as an informal paramedical teaching center within Mulago National Referral & Teaching Hospital in the late 1890's by Sir Albert Cook, it has evolved into a constituent college. Today, MakCHS boasts of conducting some of the most relevant and high-impact research in infectious and non-infectious diseases. The college is closely affiliated with and exploits Mulago National Teaching and Referral hospital that handles over 500,000 patients per year. MakCHS has established North-to-South, South-to-South academic and research collaborations.
IBRH3AU provides a resource of well characterized and annotated quality biospecimens to be used by future studies. This resource is utilised by communicable and non-communicable disease researchers in an African population.
A word from the Director Prof. Moses Joloba.
"Capacity Development for African Health Research is Critical to Reverse the Disease Burden on the Continent."
The ultimate goal of this effort is to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illness and the promotion of health throughout society. Biological banking offers an opportunity to answer new questions or test old questions with new methods. Stored Biospecimens will also provide a unique opportunity to African scientists to study the genetic characteristics of microorganisms (such as HIV, M. tuberculosis, HPV) to establish transmission modalities in the local or worldwide settings, or to perform additional analysis on old biospecimens when new questions arise or new pathogens are suspected to appear.