Gerald Kayingo, a physician assistant and assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was inducted as a fellow to the Uganda National Academy of Sciences. The honor took place during the academy’s 14th Annual Scientific Conference and General Meeting today in Kampala, Uganda. Acceptance into the elite organization requires nomination from a current fellow and, after an extensive vetting process, a vote by the governing council.
“I am extremely honored that such an accomplished group has recognized the work I’m doing and thought me worthy of inclusion in the academy,” Kayingo said. “This invitation affirms I’m on the right track with my research and my vision for transforming global health.”
The academy is an autonomous, honorific and service organization comprising a diverse group of scientists from physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences. Fellows include a former vice president and a former prime minister of Uganda, the founder and current vice chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology and a world leader in malaria research. These 58 scientists work together in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary manner to achieve their main goal of promoting excellence in sciences by offering independent, evidence-based advice for the prosperity of Uganda.
“As a member of this academy, I will have the opportunity to connect with the right people in the corridors of scientific power for meaningful collaboration,” Kayingo added. “Ultimately I hope to foster a partnership between the School of Nursing and the rest of UC Davis Health System to grow our global health presence.”
Kayingo’s research interests relate to health systems research, specifically patient-centered outcomes, team-based care, quality and safety, health-care education as well as advancing rural and global health with mobile technologies. His clinical interests are infectious diseases and metabolic syndrome in primary care settings. Prior to his UC Davis appointment in 2014, he was a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program and practiced at the Yale New Haven Hospital Primary Care Center in Connecticut.
Following the general meeting, the president of the academy hosted Kayingo at Makerere University College of Health Sciences where he lectured on “Transforming Global Health through Mobile Technologies and Social Enterprise.”
Kayingo earned a Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant Degree at Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut and a Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology from Orange Free State University in South Africa. He completed his postdoctoral research in Infectious Diseases at Yale University School of Medicine, where he studied microbial pathogenesis, membrane transport and signal transduction.
About the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was established in March 2009 through a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the nation's largest grant for nursing education. The vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to transform health care through nursing education and research. The school’s first programs, doctoral and master’s degrees, opened in fall 2010. Master’s degree programs for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, with a focus on preparing primary-care providers for rural and underserved communities, opened in summer 2013. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of UC Davis Health System, an integrated, academic health system encompassing the UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center and the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit http://nursing.ucdavis.edu.