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Departmental Profile

The Department of Pathology at the School of Biomedical Sciences, Makerere University College of Health Sciences is among the oldest departments in the University. Historically, the Department is associated with great contributions to pathology  which -include the first clinical description of Buruli ulcer by Sir Albert Cook in 1897, Endomyocardial Fibrosis (EMF) by JNP Davies in 1948 and Burkitt lymphoma by Denis Parsons Burkitt in 1956.

The Department is involved in teaching, research and provision of pathology services to the community. The pathology services rendered here include mainly anatomical pathology, cytopathology, clinical pathology, haematopathology, forensic medicine and pathology, chemical pathology, genetics and immunohisto/cytochemistry.

As medicine assumes a more molecular perspective to the pathology of disease, the Department of Pathology at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University is in the process of establishing capacity for molecular pathology research. All students, clinicians and researchers, as well as institutions interested in all manner of collaboration in molecular pathology are therefore welcome to consider us as a potential partner. Our Priority areas are as follows:

  • Elucidating the molecular pathology of cancer, and building capacity for molecular cancer diagnostics
  • Immunohistochemistry of all pathology, cell culture and DNA based pathology
  • Pathogen molecular biology
Gene-expression and Genome-Wide Association Studies

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