The primary goal of this proposal is to plan for the development of and launch a sustainable
Regional Center of Research Excellence (RCRE) for non-communicable diseases and injuries
(NCDIs) in Rwanda. To accomplish this goal, we will establish a bi-lateral, multi-institutional,
US-Rwanda collaboration to 1) conduct a rigorous landscape analysis of local infrastructure and
human capacities and 2) initiate activities to address gaps in capacity for conducting NCDI
research and establishing a RCRE in Rwanda. The initial focus will be on two core areas,
cancer and injury, and we will conduct training and education to perform high-quality research in
these core areas, and developing the electronic data infrastructure and administration needed to
establish/improve disease registration for research purposes. This application leverages long-
standing, pre-existing partnerships between Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM),
University of Rwanda (UR), Rwanda Military Hospital (RMH), Harvard University Medical School
(HMS), Partners in Health (PIH), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), King Faisal
Hospital, and the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) of the Rwanda Ministry of Health (MOH).
The plans for and the subsequent establishment of a RCRE in NCDI will improve the efficiency
and effectiveness of research supported by each of these individual institutions by uniting efforts
and fostering collaboration within the RCRE and other Rwandan stakeholders. The proposed
name of the center is “GUKORANYA” (Global University Consortium for Research in Non-
communicable diseases and InjurY) Research Center (GRC). In Kinyarwanda, the national
language of Rwanda, the word `gukoranya' means `to gather together'. After building the
necessary research capacities and infrastructure, this center will assess the burden of cancer
and injury in Rwanda and develop feasible and effective research strategies to inform the public
policy and clinical practices for the prevention and treatment of these conditions.
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