So why are fish being caught, cows milked, flies trapped, poultry feaces and bovine blood samples collected by UR researchers and their students in Nyagatare District?

The five recent award winners of the TUFTS/CUMMINGS Research Grant and their students are currently moving between the laboratory and the field; training, collecting and analyzing samples at UR-Nyagatare Campus. Following a needs-based assessment and a desire to access improved resources to conduct research in their fields of interest, the researchers from Departments of Veterinary Medicine and Wildlife & Aquatic Resource Management at UR –Nyagatare Campus received support through the Tufts/Cummings Grant. A small grant of $5000 per researcher is facilitating access to the equipment and consumables required to conduct their research projects. The project will support research that can contribute to 5 potential publications to raise the research profile at University of Rwanda and contribute to the socio-economic development of Rwanda.The 5 research projects include:

Left to Right: Dr. Maurice Byukusenge, Dr. Rosine Manishimwe, Dr. Richard Gashururu, Ms. Margarite Tumusiime and Mr. Ronal Lulijwa.

Sero-prevalence of Rift Valley Fever in cattle and small ruminants in the Eastern Province of Rwanda by Dr. Maurice Byukusenge (Veterinarian - Dept. of Veterinary Medicine).

Distribution of antibiotic resistant strains of Escherichia coli isolated from poultry farms in the eastern province of Rwanda by Dr. Rosine Manishimwe (Veterinarian -Dept. Veterinary Medicine).

Evaluation of Milk quality and milking hygiene practices in Nyagatare district by Ms. Margaraet Tumusiime (Parasitologist & Laboratory Scientist, Dept. of Vet Medicine)

“Infection Rate and Trypanosome Species in Naturally Infected Tsetse Flies in the Vicinity of Akagera National Park” by Richard Gashururu (Veterinarian, Dept. of Veterinary Medicine).

Assessing the Prevalence of Metazoan Parasites in Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) raised in Community Dam and a Private farm in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province, Rwanda by Mr. Ronald Lulijwa (Aquacultural Scientist, Dept. of Wildlife & Aquatic Resources).

Article written by Dr. Caroline Ryan
TUFTS/CUMMINGS Project PI delegate


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