Dr. William Kisinza

Director, Amani Medical Research Centre
Dr. William N. Kisinza is a Director and Chief Research Scientist (Medical Entomology and Programmatic Vector Control Specialist) of the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR). As a Director, he is responsible for providing overall strategic direction, technical leadership, management and administration of the NIMR – Amani Research Centre. His roles are to insure that health research activities meet desired outcomes, completed on time, and within the National health research priority framework. Dr. Kisinza is currently the Test Facility Manager (TFM) for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - IVCC – GLP funded Project at NIMR-Amani GLP Centre with an overall responsibility for facility management, study personnel, and the quality assurance of the programme. Dr. Kisinza is the coordinator for the Joint Malaria Programme (JMP) 2017 to date. JMP is a collaborative research programme among five institutions: (1) Centre for Medical Parasitology (CMP), (2) University of Copenhagen, Denmark, (3) Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), Moshi, Tanzania, (4) London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, UK and (5) National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Tanzania. JMP is an umbrella organisation that promotes and facilitates collaborative research on malaria between the member institutions. Being a Chief Research Scientist over 22 years has substantial experiences in the randomized controlled trials of various major health interventions. Have conducted intensive field research on Epidemiological, Entomological and Parasitological studies specifically in the application of innovative and appropriate technologies for Vector Biology and Control. Has carried-out research on the epidemiology and entomology of various vector-borne diseases including malaria, lymphatic Filariasis and Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever. Dr. Kisinza has undertaken several consultancy assignments to a number of African countries providing technical support in malaria control planning activities with substantial experiences working in national and international environments. Dr. Kisinza has worked with several WHO, DANIDA, EU, PMI/USAID and other consortia funded projects in Tanzania and elsewhere especially on Malaria Entomological Surveillance, Monitoring of Insecticide Resistance, randomized controlled field trials of the efficacy of insecticide treated fabric materials including wall liners, bed-nets, industrially treated blankets and bed sheets, and indoor residual spraying projects. Dr. Kisinza is currently a member of several national and international professional societies and consortia including Tanzania Public Health Association, African Medical Entomological Association, Roll Back Malaria Vector Control Working Group, Pan-African Malaria Research Consortium (PAMVEC), African Network for Vector Resistance (ANVR), Building out Vector-borne diseases in sub-Saharan Africa (BOVA). Dr. Kisinza is a PhD holder (Tropical Medicine – Epidemiology) with an MSc (Medical Entomology & Applied Parasitology) from Liverpool Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool in UK. He is a graduate of BSc (Hons) in Applied Microbiology & Marine Biology from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. To his credit, Dr. Kisinza has published over 100 scientific articles/papers on a wide range of subjects in the international peer reviewed journals. He has also participated considerably in PhD and MSc supervisions and examinations at local universities and abroad. In the recognition of his outstanding research careers, Dr. Kisinza was awarded the National Health Discovery Award by the Vice-President of the United Republic of Tanzania on 22nd April 2014 for the Discovery of a New Borrelia parasite causing Tick Borne Relapsing Fever in Tanzania. He was also a recipient of an award of a National Best Worker from the Researchers, Academicians, & Allied Workers Unions (RAAWU) in May 2004.