The Sub-Saharan African MuSculOskeletal Network - SAMSON

SAMSON is a research network across West, East and Southern Africa.

SAMSON aims to:

  1. Build sustainable capacity in Musculoskeletal Health Research by creating a collaborative research platform
  2. Share learning in Musculoskeletal Health Research through the life course to reduce the burden of Musculoskeletal disease
  3. Inform health policy, promote training, research capacity development, knowledge transfer and public engagement through the life course for Musculoskeletal disease
  4. Provide guidance to standardise methods for Musculoskeletal assessment across Sub-Saharan Africa

Photo: Ian Farrell, © MRC Unit The Gambia at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Strategic Workshop, Durban, South Africa, 16th-20th July 2018

This meeting brought together a multi-disciplinary, international group of principal investigators who aim together to submit successful global health funding applications. This workshop was funded through University of Bristol Global Challenges Research Funding and Academy of Medical Sciences GCRF Networking Funding and hosted by the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.


Logo Competition Winner

Congratulations to George W. Kizza from the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University in Uganda who won the competition to design our logo.


Musculoskeletal Research Training Workshop, Harare, Zimbabwe, 19th-22nd March 2018

This 4 day workshop was designed for researchers in Zimbabwe who are working, or planning to work, in the field of musculoskeletal health research.


SAMSON partners include:

Makerere University, Uganda
MRC Unit The Gambia
The Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI), Zimbabwe
The University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), South Africa
The University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
University of Bristol
MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology, University of Southampton

SAMSON is open to new partners. This website is currently under development and we welcome user feedback.

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