A Center of Excellence for Biomedical Research and Training in Africa

The BRTI does not provide academic courses – this is the function of universities and colleges in the region. However, the BRTI does commit to assisting scientists in Zimbabwe and the region to acquire skills to enable them to compete effectively in the international scientific community.

To achieve this goal, the BRTI has since its founding been responsible for the design and delivery of appropriate training courses to develop research capacity in specific areas.


  • African International Course in Serological Diagnostic Techniques
  • Research Methodology for Disease Control Managers
  • Interpretation and Quality Control in Laboratory Detection of Infectious Disease
  • Health Care Management Development
  • Data Handling, Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Rickettsial Diagnosis and Characterisation
  • Health Sector Reform Analysis
  • Microscopic Diagnosis of Infectious Disease
  • Malaria Research Methodology for Disease Control
  • Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing
  • Mycological Infections in Southern Africa
  • The Use of Epi-Info for Data Collection and Analysis.

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  • Writing grant proposals
  • Writing thesis proposals
  • Research design and methodology
  • Data management techniques
  • Basic and advanced statistics in health research
  • Epidemiological methods
  • Research integrity
  • Project management
  • Writing research papers and theses
  • Presentation skills
  • Quality control in research
  • HIV transmission studies
  • TB diagnostics
  • Molecular methods in HIV, TB and OI research
  • The conduct of systematic reviews
  • Translating research into policy
  • Point of care diagnostics – opportunities for research
  • Operational research skills

The BRTI encourages the use of active training methods in course delivery, and has installed active teaching technologies such as “smartboard” and “cintiq” systems. Courses make extensive use of videos, discussion points and group work as part of the learning process. All courses are given an evaluation, using closed and open questionnaires, so that they can be evaluated and improved. The BRTI is in the process of making course materials available on-line, to further disseminate skills to researchers in the region.

It makes better sense to train local personnel under local conditions and with local facilitators. This enables participants to gain experience under the same conditions that they experience in their home laboratory or institution, and usually at much lower cost than training in a laboratory in Europe or North America. Moreover it strengthens the teaching capacity of local personnel and provides a source of income to support them in the valuable work with local research institutions and educational centres. BRTI collaborates in other capacity building programmes such as SACORE and MEPI-NECTAR at the University of Zimbabwe’s College of Health Sciences.

The BRTI assists with organising and hosting international conferences and workshops at venues in Harare and elsewhere in the country.


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Our Future

With the contributions from a dedicated and professional staff complement, BRTI has achieved  20 years of continuing growth. From its inception in 1995, the BRTI has strived to become a a centre for excellence in health research and training in Africa. We are confident that the philosophy behind the formation of BRTI, that African scientists must take responsibility for improving their own working environment, was correct. We predict that, in spite of a degree of economic uncertainty in Zimbabwe, the gains that have been made during these years can be consolidated and expanded. We look forward to the future with confidence.

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