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Short Course on Traditional Medicine Development Level I
The Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) is advertising five days short course training on Traditional Medicine Development level I starting from 17th to 21st September 2018. The applications are open from 12th June, 2018 and the closing date for receiving application and payment is 31st August, 2018.  Download the Brochure, Advert (Swahili/English)  and Application Form (Swahili, English)
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Short Course on Traditional Medicine Development Level II

The Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) is advertising five days short course on Traditional Medicine Development level II starting from 24th to 28th September 2018. The applications are open from 12th June, 2018 and the closing date for receiving application and payment is 31st August, 2018.  Download the Brochure, Advert (Swahili, English)  and Application Form (Swahili, English)

 

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Research Projects

Research activities at the Institute are clustered to thematic areas prioritized by the University. The thematic areas are HIV and AIDS, Malaria, Reproductive Health, Non Communicable Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases and Health Systems Research.

 

Ongoing Research March 2018

 

S/N

Title

PI

Year of Award

Funder

 

HIV and AIDS

  1.  

Investigation of Traditional use of medicinal and food plants in northern Tanzania for their sustainable use.

Dr. J. Kyeyyu,

2016

NIRB of S. Korea

  1.  

Search for Antifungal Compounds from Tanzanian Medicinal Plants for managing Fungal infections

Dr. Ester Innocent

2014

Sweden Research Council (SRC)

  1.  

Formulation and standardization of herbal medicine from Garcinia and Combretum plant species growing in Tanzania for managing HIV/AIDS and related diseases

Dr. Modest C. Kapingu

2013

 

COSTECH

  1.  

Phytochemical and Antifungal Investigation of Tanzanian Combretum Species for Potential Formulations against Fungal Infections

Dr. Francis Machumi

2016

 

COSTECH

 

Malaria

  1.  

Phytochemical studies of mosquito larvicidal compounds from ethanol extracts of four Kotschya species

Prof. E. Innocent

2014

IFS

  1.  

Laboratory and semi-field mosquito larvicidal activity of some Tanzanian medicinal plants formulations

Mr. B. Samwel

2015

DAAD

  1.  

Investigation of chemical composition and mosquito repellent property of essential oils from some Tanzanian plants

Mr. I. Athuman

2016

Sida-MUHAS

 

Reproductive Health

 

  1.  

Impact of home based life saving skills in rural area of Tanzania on awareness of danger signs, birth preparedness, facility delivery access to emergency obstetric care and cost effectiveness: a cluster randomized trial

Prof. S. Massawe

2010

Sida

 

Child Health

  1.  

Scale up Cell phones and Psychosis: a pilot study connecting traditional healers andBio-medical staff in r in six regions, Tanzania

Dr. Pamela

 

2016

Canada Grand Challenge

 

Health System Research

  1.  

Identifying and monitoring trade in Tanzanian wild-harvested medicinal plants using innovative genomics-based DNA barcoding.

 

Dr. J. N. Otieno

2015

Swedish Research Council

 

  1.  

Use of DNA Technology in Combating Illegal Trade and Promoting Conservation and Sustainable Use of Plants in Kenya and Tanzania.

Dr. J. N. Otieno

2015

USAID

 

  1.  

Empowering Tanzanian Communities to achieve economic sustainability and resilience. A trainer of trainer approach for value addition of Avocado and Rosella products”

Dr. D. Mloka;

2014

Resilience Africa Network (RAN)

 

Completed research projects

 

S/N

Title

PI

Year

Funder

  1.  

On the Preparation of Plant derived Pharmaceuticals

Director, ITM

 

1982-1987

UNIDO/UNDP

  1.  

The Knowledge and Attitudes of

Traditional Healers towards Modern Medical Practice and Utilization of TM in Tanzania

Director, ITM

 

1985-1986

IDRC

  1.  

Development of anti-diabetic drugs from indigenous plants

Mr. C. K.

Mutayabarwa

1993-1994

NORAD/COSTECH

  1.  

Identification of Ethnobotanical

Resources in areas adjacent to the

Serengeti National Park (Arusha)

Director, ITM,

 

1993–1996

IDRC-Canada

  1.  

Studies on Tanzanian medicinal plants with anti-diabetic activity

Prof. M. J. Moshi

 

1993-1997

Shaman

Pharmaceuticals, USA

  1.  

Studies on Tanzanian Medicinal Plants with different activities for drug development

Director, ITM

 

1995-1997

Shaman

Pharmaceuticals,

USA

  1.  

In vitro antimicrobial activity of some Tanzania plants used by tradition healers

Prof. M. J. Moshi

 

1997-1998

MUCHS-Govt of

Tanzania

 

  1.  

Screening of Tanzanian Plants for Anticancer Activity.

Prof.  Z. H. Mbwambo

1998-1999

MUCHS-SAREC

  1.  

Essential Oils Project

Mr. C. K. Mutayabarwa

1998-2004

IDRC

  1.  

UDSM-VLIR Collaborative project on the utilization of medicinal plants in Tanzania

 

Director, ITM

 

1999-2003

Belgium

Institutional

University

Cooperation [VLIR].

  1.  

Identification of Poisonous Plants in Eastern Tanzania

Prof. R. L. A. Mahunnah

2002-2003

SUA- NORAD

Funds

  1.  

Patients perception of Chinese and Traditional Medicine in Tanzania

Elizabeth Hsu and ITM

 

2002-2003

Swiss National

Foundation

 

  1.  

Network on Medicinal plants and

Traditional Medicine in Eastern Africa

Prof. R. L. A.

Mahunnah

 

2003-2007

IDRC/ESARO

  1.  

Anti-mosquito terpenoids and other constituents from selected Tanzanian plants

Prof. E. Innocent

2003- 2007

WHO/MIM/TDR and Singenberg Foundation

  1.  

Observation and Evaluation of Efficacy and Safety of Traditional Herbal Remedies used in the Management of HIV/AIDS Patients in Tanzania

Prof. Z. H.

Mbwambo

 

2003-2007

TACAIDS

  1.  

Management of aflatoxins and storage pests in maize using solar, biomass and indigenous pesticides technologies in Lake Victoria Basin for Food Security, Health and Biodiversity Conservation

Prof. R. L. A.

Mahunnah

 

2004-2009

VICRES/IUCEA

  1.  

Promotion of community based

cultivation of Hibiscus sabdariff a, Moringa oleifera, Adansonia digitata and Aloe vera for use as herbal nutritional supplements for people living with HIV/AIDS

Prof. M. J. Moshi

 

2007-2008

 

Rockefeller

Foundation

 

  1.  

Promotion of community based

commercial cultivation of herbal

medicines and packaging of herbal nutritional supplements.

Prof. Z. H.

Mbwambo

 

2007-2008

Rockefeller

Foundation

 

  1.  

Comperative studies of mosquito

larvicidal constituents from Kotschya species

Prof. E. Innocent

 

2008-2009

Sida-SAREC,

-MUHAS

 

  1.  

Search for Compounds with HIV-1 Protease Inhibition Effects from

Clusiaceae Plant species found in three regions in Tanzania

Dr. J. J.

Magadula

 

2009-2010

Sida-MUHAS

  1.  

Isolation and characterization of

anticonvulsant and antimicrobial principles in extracts of Diospyros fi scheri and Diospyros whyteana (Ebenaceae) stem and root barks

Prof. M. J. Moshi

 

2008-2009

Sida-MUHAS

  1.  

Screening of Tanzanian Garcinia species for Protease and HIV-1 (Protease & Reverse Transcriptase) Inhibitors and Isolation of possible anti-HIV agents

Dr. J. J. Magadula

 

2008-2011

IFS, Sweden

  1.  

Screening Tanzanian Commiphora species for antimicrobial activity

Dr. P. Erasto

 

2009-2010

Sida-MUHAS

  1.  

Screening Tanzanian Commiphora species for anti-mycobacterial activity

Dr. P. Erasto

 

2009-2011

IFS, Sweden

  1.  

Purifi cation and anti-tuberculosis screening of natural products derived from Tanzanian medicinal plants

Dr. P. Erasto

 

2009-2012

DelPHE, UK

  1.  

Studies of the chemical profiles and isolation of compounds from ethanol extracts of three Kotschya species collected during dry and wet seasons

Prof. E. Innocent

 

2010-2011

Sida-MUHAS

  1.  

Ethnobotanical Survey and Pre-Clinical Evaluation of Effi cacy and Cytotoxicity of Plants Used by Traditional Healers to Treat Epilepsy in Mahenge, Morogoro.

Dr. R. S. O. Nondo

 

2010-2011

Sida-MUHAS

  1.  

Establishing capacity of mosquito-borne disease control at MUHAS to bridge academia and community needs.

Prof. E. Innocent

 

2010-2013

DelPHE-UK

  1.  

Impact of home based life saving skills in rural area of Tanzania on awareness of danger signs, birth preparedness, facility delivery access to emergency obstetric care and cost effectiveness: a cluster randomized trial

Dr. E. J. Kayombo

2010-2015

Sida

  1.  

Isolation and Characterisation of anti-HIV and Antioxidant Compounds from ethanol

extracts of Allanblackia ulugurensis and Mammea usambarensis plant species

Dr. J. J. Magadula

 

2011-2012

Sida-MUHAS

  1.  

Phytochemical studies of mosquito larvicidal compounds from ethanol extracts of four Kotschya species

Prof. E. Innocent

 

2011-2013

IFS, Sweden

  1.  

Formulation and Standardization of Herbal Drugs from Garcinia and Combretum plant species growing in Tanzania for managing HIV/AIDS and related symptoms

Prof. Z. H.

Mbwambo

 

2011-2013

COSTECH

  1.  

Evaluation of selected Botanicals as Rodent repellents in Maize Fields and Stored Maize Grain in Rural Areas, Tanzania

Dr. J. J. Magadula

2012 -2014

 

COSTECH-ITM/SUA

  1.  

Investigation of Domestic Cat (Felis sivestriscatus) Urine Odour as a Potential RodentManagement Strategy in Crop Fields inTanzania

Dr. J. J. Magadula

2012 -2014

 

COSTECH-ITM/SUA

  1.  

Towards discovery of antifungal compounds from medicinal plants for managing opportunistic infections among HIV/AIDS patients in Tanzania: An alternative strategy to prolong life

Dr. J. J. Magadula

2012-2014

Sweden Research Council

  1.  

Evaluation of efficacy and safety of medicinal plants traditionally used in the treatment of malaria in Kagera and Lindi

 Dr. R. S. O. Nondo

2012-2015

Sida-MUHAS

  1.  

Phytochemical and biological studies on four threatened Garcinia species of Tanzanian origin

Dr. J. J. Magadula

 

2013-2014

MUHAS/Sida

  1.  

Search for anti-cancer agents from Tanzanian endemic plants of Rondo forest reserve, Lindi region

Prof. Z. H.

Mbwambo

 

2013-2014

MUHAS/Sida

  1.  

Development and Isolation of Tanzanian natural products with anti-HIV properties

Dr. J. J. Magadula

2013-2014

Swedish Research Council

  1.  

Comparison of Isolated mosquito larvicidal compounds from ethanolic extracts of Kotschya species collected between wet and dry season

Prof. E. Innocent

 

2013-2014

Sida-MUHAS

  1.  

Ecological mapping and prospective use of Prunus africana (Hook. F.) Kalm leaves as a conservation strategy for sustainable production of prucan used in the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

Prof. R. L. A.

Mahunnah

 

2014-2015

MUHAS/Sida

  1.  

Ethnobotanical survey of edible wild green vegetables in Coastal and dry regions of Singida and Dodoma

Dr. J. N. Otieno

2014-2015

Self sponsored

  1.  

Search for Novel Trypanocidal Agents from Selected Tanzanian Wild Mushrooms

Prof. E. Innocent

2014-2015

 

Sida-MUHAS  

  1.  

Conserving repellent plants in Enduimet Wildlife Management Area of Longido division: A sustainable strategy to vectorborne disease control and climate change mitigation in nomadic herd societies.”

Prof. E. Innocent

2014-2016

UNDP

  1.  

Antimicrobial activity of extracts of Combretaceae family plants against drug resistant and biofilm forming bacteria and Candida species isolated from HIV/AIDS patients

Prof. M. J. Moshi

2014-2016

NIMR

  1.  

Phytochemical studies of mosquito larvicidal compounds from ethanol extracts of four Kotschya species

Dr. E. Innocent

 

2014-2016           

IFS

  1.  

Conserving repellent plants in Enduimet Wildlife Management Area of Longido Division: A sustainable strategy to vector-borne disease control and climate change mitigation in nomadic heard societies

Dr. E. Innocent

 

2014-2016

UNDP

  1.  

Cell phones and Psychosis: a pilot study connecting traditional healers and

Bio-medical staff in rural Tanzania

Dr. E. Kayombo

2014-2016           

Canada Grand Challenge

  1.  

Search for Antifungal Compounds from Tanzanian Medicinal Plants for managing Fungal infections        

Dr. E. Innocent

2014-2017

 

Sweden Research Council (SRC)

  1.  

Phytochemical and Antimicrobial activities of Millettia species from Tanzania

Mr. B. Samwel

2015-2015

 

CSIR-NAM S&T

  1.  

Phytochemical and Biological investigation of Carissa spinarum root extracts used in the treatment of chronic illnesses

Dr. P. Masimba

2015-2015           

Sida- MUHAS

  1.  

Effect of climate differences on antifungal activity and chemical composition of plants used to manage fungal infections in Tanzania

Dr. F. Machumi

2015-2016

AAS

  1.  

Strengthening the value chain of Morizella juice as innovative solution to provision of nutrients to low income communities – A technical award

Prof. E. Innocent

2015-2016

Global alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

  1.  

Identifying and monitoring trade in Tanzanian wild-harvested medicinal plants using innovative genomics-based DNA barcoding.

Dr. J. N Otieno

 

2015-2018

Swedish Research Council

 

  1.  

Use of DNA Technology in Combating Illegal Trade and Promoting Conservation and Sustainable Use of Plants in Kenya and Tanzania.

Dr. J. N Otieno

 

2015-2018

USAID

 

  1.  

Unveiling intellectual property right gaps in traditional medicine in Tanzania for social economic growth

Prof. E. Innocent

2016-2017

WIPO-Sida

  1.  

Assessment of bioactivity of roots and leaves of Carissa spinarum extract from two geographical locations in two seasons in Tanzania against some pathogenic bacteria and fungi

Dr. P. Masimba

2016-2017

 

AAS

 

 

 

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