SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

Mr Vusumuzi Ncube

Post:Research student (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
Email:vn77@sussex.ac.uk
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Biography

Originally trained as a Healthcare Scientist, Vusa gained progressive experience and responsibility in a range of public health delivery roles including; in-vitro diagnostic testing, point-of-care diagnostics, clinical biochemistry, quality systems, and the management of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis programmes. He joined SPRU as a part-time Doctoral Researcher in September 2017, tracing and analysing the deployment and uptake of HIV point-of-care testing technologies in sub-Saharan Africa, supervised by Professor Joanna Chataway https://www.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/people/chataway and Dr Chux Daniels http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/279054

Prior to his research at SPRU, he has worked on pathology service delivery and re-design projects within the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), where he has also been involved with the development of training programmes for Biomedical Scientists. In addition to his undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, he has received NHS Leadership Academy Training.

In his early career he worked on a wide variety of public health projects in Zimbabwe and Botswana over a period of 8 years. These projects included developing national public health pathology standards in Zimbabwe, including;  WHO-commissioned projects evaluating the first generation of HIV rapid test methods and the assessment of pilot malaria and tuberculosis diagnostic screening tests. More recently he has undertaken similar local projects in the NHS evaluating newer generation renal function bio-markers.

His research interests include; Science Technology and Innovation (STI) policies, implementation research and theories, structural drivers of infectious and non-communicable diseases, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and digital health technologies amongst others. His work has been published in the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry and Innovation & Development.

Vusa has a long-standing commitment to development in low-income countries and has maintained strong collaborative links with key stakeholders in the public health space in sub-Saharan Africa, in an endeavour to strengthen health systems capacity and capability.   

  

 

 

Qualifications

Current: Doctoral candidate - Science and Technology Policy Studies

MSc in Biomedical Sciences with Distinction

Thesis: The effects of fenofibrate on renal function as assessed by the estimation of serum creatinine, cystatin C and glomerular filtration rate in hyperlipidaemic patients. Published in the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry.

Activities

UK Research and Innovation Ideas Lab  - Digital technologies for Africa Platform (Contributor)