July 13, 2018

UW oral health center wins grant for Africa HIV research

The University of Washington’s Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health has received a grant to support research on African children and adolescents exposed to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Large group of Kenyan children

Kenyan schoolchildren receive oral hygiene instruction. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Arthur Kemoli, University of Nairobi)

The center received a 2018 Regional Development Grant from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), and will share it with IADR’s Nigeria division and East and Southern Africa divisions. The grant will be used to create a sustainable research site to support the AFRICA Project (Advocating For HIV Research In Children and Adolescents).

As part of the grant, junior faculty from Nigeria and Kenya will attend the UW School of Dentistry’s Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods and also study HIV in the UW School of Public Health. This funding enhances DeRouen Center’s existing collaboration with Kenya and expands its African outreach to Nigeria.

A strategic planning meeting is scheduled in late July at the 2018 IADR annual meeting in London with grant co-investigators Dr. Morenike Folayan of Nigeria’s Obafemi Awolowo University, Dr. Arthur Kemoli of Kenya’s University of Nairobi, and their IADR division leadership.

Dr. Kemoli will also talk at the DeRouen Center’s first symposium on global oral health in Seattle on July 31. More information on the Center’s work in Kenya can be found on the Center’s website.