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E-DRUG: 3rd Training Workshop & Symposium of Medicines Utilisation Research in 

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The Third Training Workshop and Symposium of the Medicines Utilisation Research 
in Africa (MURIA) Group will be held from 26 – 28 June 2017, in Windhoek, 

Please do not respond to the list, but rather to the contact provided below.


Third Training Workshop and Symposium MURIA Group 26 – 28 June 2017
Theme: Medicines utilisation research in Africa influencing patient care and 

Objective: The workshop and symposium are intended to further develop and 
progress medicines utilisation research in Africa building on the two previous 
successful symposiums. The workshop will again cater for all personnel 
including those just starting medicine utilisation research and those already 
undertaking such research. This will be achieved through two workshop streams 
(parallel sessions) and a 1.5 day symposium for researchers to present their 

Topics covered in the one day methodology training workshop include:
Introduction Group 
• Introduction to Drug Utilization Research (DUR) with emphasis on 
methodologies including ATC/ DDD
• Qualitative DUR
• Introductory Statistics
• Using patient level data in drug utilisation research
• Qualitative research in DU studies

Advanced Group (potentially include)
• Proposal Writing Workshop
• Hands on session on advanced statistics for drug utilisation research
• Developing and implementing quality indicators
• Available data sources and exploring different Pharmacoepidemiology 
• Using patient level data in drug utilisation research
• Qualitative research in DU studies

Topics covered in the 1.5 day symposium: Include feedback of activities during 
the past year among African countries. There will also be oral and poster 
presentations of new research of submitted abstracts. Particular consideration 
will again be given to abstracts describing current drug utilisation research 
on anti-infective medicines and non-communicable diseases.

Key personnel in their field will help training and lead the discussions. These 
• Prof. Amos Massele (Botswana)
• Dr Olayinka Ogunleye and Dr Joseph Fadare (Nigeria)
• Dr Margaret Oluka (Kenya)
• Mr. Dan Kibuule and Mr. Francis Kalemeera (Namibia)
• Prof. Ilse Truter and Andy Gray (South Africa)
• Prof. Johanita Burger, Prof. Martie Lubbe, and Mrs Marike Cockeran (South 
• Dr Jaran Eriksen (Sweden)
• Prof Brian Godman (Sweden and UK), Dr Amanj Baker (UK)
• Dr Sekesai Zinyowera (Zimbabwe)

Official language: The language for the training workshop and symposium is 
English with no simultaneous translation.

Course fees per participant: Namibian dollars N$2000, covering all workshop 
activities, the symposium, all subsistence during the day and a Conference 
Dinner on the second night. The fees do not cover hotel, travel, airport 
transfers or evening subsistence costs apart from the Dinner.

The conference hotels include Safari Hotel and Auas City Hotel in Windhoek 
City. Contact the University of Namibia for details. Transport will be arranged 
to and from the Conference hotels to the University of Namibia at the start and 
finish of each day and for the Dinner. 

MURIA-3 will be accredited as a continuous professional development activity by 

Please contact
 Francis Kalemeera at the University of Namibia for further details 
email: MURIA-3@unam.na 

Details of the abstract forms are on the MURIA website - 

The deadline for abstract submission is 5 May 2017.
Abstract acceptance : Letters will be sent out by 19 May 2017
Workshop numbers will be limited to 120 people to facilitate good interaction 
and hands-on training

Andy Gray BPharm MSc(Pharm) FPS FFIP
 Senior Lecturer
Division of Pharmacology
Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Health Sciences
Consultant Pharmacist (Research Associate)
Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)
University of KwaZulu-Natal
PBag 7 Congella 4013
South Africa
Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Pharmacy, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Tel: +27-31-2604298 Fax: +27-31-2604338
email: graya1@ukzn.ac.za or andy@gray.za.net

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