Research Partner

Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.  is UKZN’s MEPI partner. 


Prof Phil LaRussa 

Clinical Paediatrics Professor, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Attending Physician at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork Presbyterian. 

Area of interest: Paediatric HIV infection and Childhood immunizations

Prof Scott Hammer 

Harold C. Neu Professor of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. 

Area of interest: Development of improved therapies for persons with HIV infection and an HIV vaccine to prevent the acquisition of HIV infection. 

Their valuable contributions in the MEPI programme include:

  • Technical assistance with the curriculum revision 
  • Access to Columbia’s online research and basic epidemiology  teaching which has been explored   by Nursing for use for their undergraduate curriculum     
  • Content Teaching of future distance-education course content. 

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