Dartmouth MPH, September 2005-June 2006

Dr. Munseri was a lecturer and specialist physician at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS) in Tanzania before joining the MPH program at Dartmouth in 2005 as a Fogarty Trainee. In her MPH project, she went back to Tanzania for 4 weeks and carried out a survey among DARDAR Study subjects in Tanzania to determine the acceptance of Isoniazid Preventive Therapy (IPT) among HIV-infected patients. This study of IPT implementation showed that it was widely accepted by patients, and associated with minimal side effects. Results were presented at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006, and a manuscript is being submitted for publication. Dr. Munseri received her MPH degree at Dartmouth as a Fogarty Trainee in 2006 and returned as a specialist physician and lecturer in Internal Medicine at MUCHS. Her follow up Fogarty research project, currently underway, is a study with Drs von Reyn and Talbot to determine optimal methods for the diagnosis of disseminated TB in 300 hospitalized patients with fever using mycobacterial blood culture and an investigational urine assay for mycobacterial lipoarabinomannin.

She was recently accepted in a sandwich PhD program in Medical Science between MUCHS and Karolinska University, Sweden. Her doctoral research focus will be HIV vaccinology and TB diagnostics (both are areas of emphasis for the Dartmouth-BU AITRP). She will investigate the suitability of the Dar es Salaam Police Officers Cohort for a phase III HIV vaccine trial and the use of rapid tests for the detection of TB in a high HIV prevalence, resource-poor setting.

Kim Mwamelo

Kim Mwamelo

Kim Mwamelo, MPH '17, leads the TDI graduation procession at Dartmouth's Commencement ceremony.