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Dr Newton I. Kumwenda

Newton KumwendaJob Title:

Field Director (Research Associate), Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Malawi, since 1996

Main Qualifications:

1992-1996:  PhD- Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
1991-1992:  MPH- Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
1987-1988:  MSc- Medical Parasitology, University of London, London, United Kingdom
1978-1982: BSc- Biology/ Chemistry, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi

Research Interests

Newton obtained his training as an epidemiologist from Johns Hopkins University. He is holding a joint appointment as Research Associate in the Infectious Disease Program, Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Senior lecturer Department of Community Health at the college of Medicine, University of Malawi. He has extensive experience in infectious diseases, public health and laboratory management specifically conducting cohort studies and clinical trials in HIV and other tropical diseases. He is also the Field Director and Co-investigator for the Blantyre Clinical Research Site (CRS) in Malawi and is involved in the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN). He is a Co-Principal Investigator for an ongoing large HIV perinatal Intervention trial, and has been the Co-PI of the first HIV Vaccine Trials in Malawi as part of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). In the past 12 years, Dr. Kumwenda has also been actively involved in several training programs for Malawian scientist and public health professionals. Newton has been a member of the IEA since 2000.

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