Uganda Research Training Collaborative

The Uganda Research Training Collaborative (RTC) is a program for students in the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center and participating institutions in Uganda, including Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology, to gain hands-on experience in global health research. Under the mentorship of UMN and Ugandan faculty members, teams comprised of students from UMN and Ugandan Institutions propose small-scale research projects to be carried out, as a team, in about one year.

2017 RTC Cohort

In 2017, four Research Training Collaborative teams set out to answer research questions such as:

  • What are the reasons for gaps and failures in the successful prevention of cryptococcal meningitis in certain patients?
  • What is the effect of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) and its treatment on lung function?

Learn more about the teams and their projects.

URTC Spotlight: Team 1

Over the course of 15 visits to slaugherhouses, URTC Team 1 screened approximately 1600 animals and collected 316 samples for their study. Read the full story.

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URTC Spotlight: Team 4

Essential to their success will be well-planned data collection protocols as they prepare to interview HIV-positive teenagers and measure drug levels to learn about medication use and nutrition status. Read more.

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RTC Program

Stage 1: Student Research Preparation (3-6 months)

Stage 1: Student Research Preparation (3-6 months)

The Uganda-RTC student teams work with faculty mentors as well as through the RTC’s learning resources to develop study components such as: defining research questions, developing data collection tools, writing a study protocol, and submitting a study for human subjects review at both institutions. During this stage, student teams work through each of these elements and seek scientific and technical guidance from their faculty mentors.

Student teams who successfully complete the Stage 1 preparations are eligible for travel funding and a small amount of research money (approximately $2500) to implement the study.

Stage 2: Study Implementation (6-12 weeks)

Stage 2: Study Implementation (6-12 weeks)

Student teams travel to their study site working together to gather data according to the protocol they have developed. Students are not required to travel during Stage 2.

Stage 3: Data Analysis and Dissemination (3-6 months)

Stage 3: Data Analysis and Dissemination (3-6 months)

After data collection is complete, student teams and their mentors work to clean and analyze the data and prepare reports on their findings. Students will be expected to participate in writing workshops to improve manuscripts for publication.

Student teams will be expected to submit a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal for publication.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to these documents anytime you have a question, before reaching out by email. 

FAQs for Mentors
FAQs for Students

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Research Ethics

The University of Minnesota is committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.