Our Mission:To discover,apply and disseminate knowledge through creative and innovative health research.



KAVI Institute of Clinical Research focuses on four themes coupled with attractive career paths that are attracting the best talent in Africa and serve the best interests of the general


The Clinical Trials track runs HIV vaccine trials in addition to trials for other products including chemotherapy drug trials. Finally, the Knowledge Translation track brings research, policy


1. Research:
The Institute provides a conducive environment to undertake quality and relevant research
2. Teaching and Training:
The Institute offers adequate, innovative and relevant PhD programmes.
3. Community service:
The Institute actively participates in community programmes and activities as part of its corporate social responsibility.


In order to achieve the Vision and the Mission of the Institution, the following core values have been stressed as key for the attainment of the goals and in line with the University of Nairobi core values:
i. Freedom of thought and expression
ii. Creativity and Innovativeness
iii. Professionalism
iv. Team spirit and teamwork
v. Transparency and Accountability
vi. Quality customer service

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Nanopore Sequencing Training

KAVI Institute of Clinical Research in Collaboration with the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India, has organized a workshop on pathogen sequencing using Oxford Nanopore sequencing technology. This is taking place at KAVI-ICR from 24th to 28th June, 2019. The objective of this workshop is to train researchers at KAVI in Nanopore sequencing and basic data analysis then use that skill to study infectious diseases and other pathogens at KAVI and ultimately provide the same service at point-of-care. This will create a nucleus for a sustainable and diverse Indo-Africa program and start the dengue genetic diversity research activities under the dengue vaccine development project.

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day 2019

Mr.J.Mauti (Ward Admin) (Lt) Zangalewa troupe ready to join the Salvation Army band to start the “walk” Mukuru Kwa Njenga Assist County Commissioner office.

The HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) is also known as World AIDS Vaccine Day (WAVD) is commemorated annually on 18th May worldwide. KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR) - University of Nairobi and its partners are cognizant of the influence of communities surrounding study participants and potential participants-(from the grassroots to global stakeholders) and the importance of the community in research and development for HIV/AIDS vaccine.

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KAVI - ICR and Cherami Initial Discussions on Cherami Cancer Institute Establishment

This meeting between KAVI-ICR and Cherami, presided over by Prof. Omu Anzala and Mr. Wei Xiolin, was to formally introduce Dr. Wei Liao, CEO and Founder of EzLife Bio Inc.

Also present in the meeting were KAVI-ICR members Dr. Marianne Mureithi, Dr. Kefa Bosire, Dr. Moses Masika, Mr. George Kaiyare and Mr. George Ichoho, Cherami members Tony Gichuru and Mark Xu.

Dr. Liao, a well-known and respected scientist in both academia and industry, provided the collective group a presentation on EzLife Bio’s technology EFIRM and its potential applications in clinical and laboratory settings using a tissue, plasma and saliva samples.

It was agreed that this technology would prove to be useful for the African continent and would initially be housed in the KAVI-ICR laboratory for validation and to explore its applications for non-communicable and infectious diseases currently affecting the region. 

Additionally, KAVI-ICR will provide a list of infectious diseases that EzLife Bio could create assays for and write up a proposal for the testing of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) in Lung Cancer.

University of Nairobi and Cherami Cancer Institute


Members of KAVI-ICR; Prof. Anzala, Dr Mureithi, Dr. Bosire and Mr. George Ichoho, this morning witnessed the signing of the University of Nairobi and Cherami Investment Group. The partnership which will kick-start the process towards the establishment of the University of Nairobi Teaching and Research Hospital with a state of the art Cancer Research Institute is the first Phase of the development. The MOU was signed by the  University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof. Peter Mbithi and the President of Cherami Investment Group. Also present was Cabinet Secretary, Ministry Education, Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed and the Incoming University of Nairobi Council Chairperson, Dr. Julia Ojiambo

Defining HIV interaction at the Mucosa

A Collaborators meeting held at KAVI-Institute of Clinical research (KAVI-ICR)University of Nairobi from 21st – 25th August 2018.


KAVI-ICR in collaboration with USAIDNorth Western University USAHuman Immunology Laboratory – Imperial College LondonInternational AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) representatives has successfully established studies on HIV interaction at the mucosa.  These studies will contribute to the development of a universal effective HIV Vaccine and ultimately tackle the questions related to the early stages of HIV acquisition/transmission and develop future prevention strategies.


International Conference on Health (ICH 2018)




University of Nairobi Research Week

The inaugural University of Nairobi Research Week will be held from October 22nd to 26th, 2018.  During the week, the University will host eleven International Conferences covering a broad range of disciplines.  In addition, several workshops, seminars and exhibitions will be held. Details on each can be found on the Research Week website, https://uonresearch.org/research-week-2018/ .
We invite you to submit abstracts to present papers at the conferences, and/or to participate in the other research week activities. Please visit the site regularly for updates, announcements and additional events. 


HIV Vaccine Awareness Day May 2018

Processional march to mark HIV Vaccine Awareness Day in Kangemi on 18th May 2018

Every year on 18th May, the world marks the HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD). It is a day set aside to raise awareness of the continuing efforts by scientists to develop a vaccine against HIV- the virus that causes AIDS. It is also a day to honour all those who, in one way or the other, have contributed towards this global effort. This year, KAVI-Institute of clinical research (KAVI-ICR) of the University of Nairobi commemorated the day in Nairobi at the Kangemi Health centre.



KAVI-ICR and India’s NCBS collaborate to enhance vaccine development

The team from NCBS led by Lt. General Velu Nair, met the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi when they paid a courtesy call on him on March 21, 2018.

The University of Nairobi’s KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR) and the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), India, have established and initiated a collaboration to spearhead vaccine development through enhanced technology. According to the Director, KAVI-ICR, Prof. Omu Anzala, the partnership will see the team expand metagenomics sequencing from selected target groups in India and Africa and inform the newly emerging pathogens such as Chikungunya and Dengue in their virology, pathology, the point of care diagnostics and vaccine designs.


NCBS in Collaboration with KAVI-ICR Vaccine & Technology Platform

Initiation of the Collaboration between NCBS (India) and KAVI-ICR (University Of Nairobi, Kenya) while training University of Nairobi staff on flow cytometry 19th to 23rd March 2018.



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