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Ronald Mataya, MD
Associate Professor, School of Public Health
School of Public Health
Research & Grantsmanship    Funded Research Project (PI)
  • Addressing herpesvirus-associated cancers through the UNC-Malawi Cancer Consortium: NIH/NCI U54CA190152
    Satish Gopal of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the PI.
    This award is to develop the UNC-Malawi Cancer Consortium, comprised of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), the Lighthouse Trust, the Malawi Ministry of Health (MOH), and the University of Malawi College of Medicine (COM). The consortium is focused on Kaposi sarcoma (KS) and lymphoma. It includes three support cores (Administrative/Coordinating, mentoring/career development, applied analytics) and three research projects. The three research projects are (1) a record linkage study between the Malawi National Cancer Registry and large HIV cohorts in Lilongwe and Blantyre to clarify changing patterns of cancer risk in the ART era; (2) a corhort study to elucidate HIV-associated KS subsets in Lilongwe to improve outcomes; and (3) a cohort study to develop risk-adaped, response-guided treatment of HIV-associated lymphoma in Lilongwe. A principal focus is to develop sufficient internal capacity such that Malwi can become a leading country for HIV associated cancer reaserch. As co-investigator, I will be funded at 10% of time and effort on this grant through the College of Medicine. ( 2/2015 - 7/2016 )
  • Supporting the Scale-up of High Quality HIV Care and Treatment Programs in Malawi through a Strengthened Laboratory Infrastructure: Funding Opportunity Number CDC-RFA-PS09-969 under the the US Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. This is a 5-year project which started in 2009. The CDC has given the project a 6-month no cost extension up to March 31, 2015. ( 10/2014 - 10/2015 )

    I am the Loma Linda PI for this projects which is implemented in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Malawi College of Medicine. We (Loma Linda) work with the Christian Health Association of Malawi hospitals in the southern region of the country to improve laboratory infrastructure and equipment as well as providing pre-service and in-service training for laboratory technicians. This project pays for 35% of my time and effort.

  • Validation of new technologies in the use of dry blood samples (DBS) for monitoring viral loads in patients on antiretroviral treatment in Malawi: CDC Public Health Evaluation Grant Number: 626110-3831. This pays for 25% of my time. ( 7/2014 - 6/2015 )
    This is a two year study; ending in March, 2015,  compares the use of dry blood samples obtaining by fingerstick and venous blood in measuring viral load in patients on antiretroviral treatment. The hypothesis being tested is this that since DBS are easier and cheaper to collect, store and transport, Malawi will be able to role out the use of DBS throughout the country.