Speech by Prof. Lucy W. Irungu DVC (Research, Production & Extension)

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Speech by Prof. Lucy W. Irungu DVC (Research, Production & Extension)



The Vice -Chancellor University of Nairobi, Invited guests, Participants of the

workshop, ladies and gentlemen. I take this opportunity to welcome you to the

University of Nairobi, to the college of health sciences and to the Molecular

laboratory workshop at KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research.


The University of Nairobi is well known Internationally for the research

activities that we undertake and one of our flagship research projects is the

quest to develop a preventive HIV/AIDS vaccine. KAVI-Institute of Clinical

Research at the College of Health Sciences; continuous to be at forefront of this

quest. As a University we are very proud of KAVI -ICR for its commitment to high

impact research.


Over the last few decades, there has been a tremendous growth in

technology in life sciences research as well as disease surveillance and

investigation techniques. Molecular biology has been highly embraced for its

level of sensitivity, specificity and speed. However, many African countries and

Institutions have shied away from establishing this technology due to the high

costs involved. To this end many African countries lag behind in research and

training with use of molecular biology technology.


Let me take the opportunity to congratulate KAVI-ICR for initiating a partnership

with Bio-ZEQ Kenya and QIAGEN of Germany. This partnership has brought

about the establishment of the Molecular biology applications laboratory at the



The newly established molecular biology laboratory is a welcome development

at the University of Nairobi, as it will enhance the training of molecular biology

skills in Kenya and within the East African region, foster research using

molecular biology techniques and make the technology available for diseases

surveillance and diagnosis.


In line with the University of Nairobi, Mission, Vision and core values, my

office will continue to support research and training activities within the College

of Health Sciences. KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research has shown that they are

able and willing to forge ahead in research and that by fulfilling most of the

goals set by the Institute the University will by extension improve the quality of

education and research.


Ladies and gentlemen let me now invite the Vice-Chancellor,

University of Nairobi to official open the workshop.

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