Welcome to the Directorate for Research Dissemination and Uptake. The directorate is Kenyatta University’s institutional unit in the Division of Research, Outreach and Innovation (RIO) mandated to capacity build researchers with strategies, skills and interest to translate their research knowledge, published materials and evidence-based interventions into a product that is user-friendly to targeted stakeholder, users and audiences.
•Dr. Susan Musembi --Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology•Dr. Steven Runo --Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology Biosafety Officer and Facility Manager (Plant Transformation Unit)•Dr. Lucy Kamau --Department of Zoological Sciences•Prof. Ethel Monda –Department of Microbiology•Regulator --(selected based on proposal being reviewed)•Community member --(selected based on proposal being reviewed)
Specific mandatesSource for and provide information on funding sources and requirements.Organize and conduct proposal writing workshops. Coordinate the development of large, multi-disciplinary university research proposalsCoordinate internal review of grant applications in response to funding announcementsOversee reporting of research progress and funder satisfaction on project completion. Coordinate the establishment of university research skills and capacity inventoriesOrganize training to update staff knowledge and skills on research methods. Building research capacity of academic staff to enhance teaching and supervision of postgraduate students.Develop and strengthen research partnerships nationally and internationallyWork closely with directorates, departments, schools & colleges to enhance research in KU.
Guiding principlesTo promote ethical conduct in research and inspire trust and confidence the Directorate will: Uphold openness, honesty, objectivity and accountability. Protect and treat with the necessary care all information of a confidential nature.Act with fairness, transparency, and impartiality.
1.Facility InspectionsIBC shall inspect laboratories and confined field trials (CFTs) using approved checklists provided by the National Biosafety Authority. Inspection reports are maintained in files of Institutional Biosafety Authority.
2.TrainingGeneral biosafety training is mandatory for all individuals conducting research. Through the NBA, The IBC organizes for:•Regular academic training and refresher courses on biosafety for principal investigators, trial managers, technical staff and students involved n GMO research•Training and refresher courses on national guidelines and protocols for Project staff and IBC members
3.Record Keeping and RetentionIBC maintains documentation of all biosafety related material and retains them for at least three (3) years after the project’s expiry. These include: a)IBC minutesb)PI’s protocols and any attachments c)List of IBC Membersd)Copies of research records, permits, notificationse)Inventory of experimental materials in the facilityf)Documentation of all biosafety related training for their research personnel and activities undertaken at the facility:The IBC makes all records accessible for inspection and copying by authorized NBA representatives
Functions of IBCa)Facilitate applications preparation b)Advise institution on Biosafety mattersc)Assist institutions to establish monitoring plan for risk assessment & managementd)Ensure compliance to National Biosafety Authority approval conditionse)Review and ascertain suitability of containment (Physical & Biological)f)Advise Institution and Principal Investigator on mitigation measures in case of accident.
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