Dr. Meya David
Dr. Meya is an Associate Professor and Infectious Disease physician in the School of Medicine at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University and holds an appointment as adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. He holds a PhD in Medicine and has been involved in clinical research of central nervous system infections and complications, with a focus on HIV Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory syndrome (IRIS), an often deadly complication of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in persons living with AIDS with opportunistic infections such as cryptococcal meningitis and tuberculosis. He leads epidemiological and translational research studies as well as randomized clinical trials in Uganda in collaboration with colleagues from Mbarara University of Science & Technology, Lira University, University of Minnesota, University of CapeTown in South Africa and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
He has a specific interest in public health interventions to prevent meningitis at population level and has advocated for cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) screening as a strategy to reduce deaths and hospitalizations from cryptococcal meningitis and TB meningitis. He has been leading efforts to initiate implementation of the national CrAg screening program in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the Central public health laboratories and U.S. CDC and chairs the Advanced HIV Disease/TB Technical Working group at the Ministry of Health.
He has been the Principal Investigator on NIH, CDC, and UK MRC grants and continues to be involved in advocacy to improve clinical care and outcomes in a predominantly HIV-infected patient population with limited resources for health focusing on advanced HIV disease.
Dr. Meya also serves as an Academic staff representative on the School of Medicine Academic board and chairs the 2020-2030 Strategic plan Implementation Committee at the College of Health Sciences. He has mentored more than 65 students at various levels of training.