Dr Agnes Ssali
BA MA DipPH PhD
I have been with the Uganda MRC unit since 2003. I have participated in a number of different social and behavioural studies targeting social aspects of health and the life course of vulnerable individuals and groups. These have included among others men and women in HIV discordant couples; key populations including women at high risk of HIV, their regular partners and children. I have worked with interdisciplinary teams in clinical research. I have experience in project and strategic planning.
I obtained my first degree in Social work and Social administration and an MA degree in social sciences from Makerere University. I hold a post graduate diploma in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a doctorate in international development which l obtained from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.
My doctoral research focused on research ethics investigating the understanding of the informed consent process in clinical trials. The social aspects of ethical processes in clinical research is an area of study which I continue to feel passionate about.
I served on the UVRI Research and ethics committee (REC) for 3 years and I am a member of the Mengo Hospital REC in Kampala. I am a principal investigator of a study funded by NIH which is exploring the vulnerability and resilience of children of women at high risk of HIV in Kampala. In addition, l am a lead social scientist on a planned controlled human infections model study of schistosomiasis mansoni in Uganda funded by Wellcome trust. I am one of the lead scientists at the Uganda unit on a collaborative study with colleagues from LSHTM and six other African countries that is targeting young people with disabilities to enhance inclusive partnership, the study is funded by Mastercard foundation.
I am interested in supervising research degree working on social and behavioural aspects of health and those working in the field of bioethics.