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Prof. Gilbert Onyango Kokwaro

B.PHARM, MSc (Nairobi), PhD (Wales), FKNAS, FAAS

Prof. Kokwaro was born in Bandani, Kisumu in 1954. His parents (both deceased) were from Bar Sauri Village, Siaya County. After his early education at Lenana High School , Nairobi, Prof. Kokwaro proceeded to the University of Nairobi where he studied Pharmacy (1974-1978), graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) in 1978. He briefly worked for the Ministry of Health, before going back for a Masters degree in Pharmaceutics at the University of Nairobi in 1980 under a DAAD Scholarship Scheme. He obtained an MSc in 1982, and was immediately employed at the University of Nairobi as a Tutorial Fellow in the then Department of Pharmacy. In 1984, Prof. Kokwaro received an Association of Commonwealth Universities Scholarship to proceed to the University of Wales (Cardiff, U.K) for a PhD in Pharmacokinetics at the Welsh School of Pharmacy. He completed his PhD in 30 months, and returned to Kenya in 1987 as a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics. He was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi in 1989. In 1991, Prof. Kokwaro obtained a fellowship from the Wellcome Trust, UK, and proceeded to the University of Liverpool, UK, for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology (Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics) at the Department of Pharmacology &Therapeutics, University of Liverpool. He came back to Kenya in 1993, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995, and full professor in 2000. Between 2001 and 2005, Prof. Kokwaro was honorary visiting professor of Pharmacology &Therapeutics at the University of Liverpool. He has been a Fellow of the African Academy of Science since 2006.

Prof. Kokwaro has published over 80 scientific papers, and reviews in the area of drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics and clinical pharmacology, with special interest in drugs used in the treatment and management of severe malaria in African children. He contributed to research that led to the change from use of sulphadoxine/pyrimethamine (SP) to artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) in Kenya and was instrumental in the development of the first guidelines on treatment of TB, HIV&AIDS and MALARIA for Eastern, Central and Southern African Countries. He has been in several WHO Research Capacity Strengthening Committees, was a member of the Medicines for Malaria Venture Expert Review Committee (1998-2002) and has been a member of editorial boards of several international Journals. Prof. Kokwaro is currently on sabbatical leave from the University of Nairobi to head the Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR- see www.cnhrkenya.org) as its Executive Director.

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