Name: Samson Awili Gwer
Title/Qualifications: Lecturer/ MBChB, MRCPCH (UK), PHD(Amsterdam)
Department: Medical Physiology
Area of Specialisation: Paediatrics, Neurology
Research Interests: Childhood Acute Coma, Sickle Cell Disease, Childhood Stroke, Health Systems

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Dr. Gwer is a lecturer at the Department of Medical Physiology at the School of Medicine in Kenyatta University. He is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics in Child Health (UK). He earned his PhD in May 2012 from the University of Amsterdam (2012) based on research work focussing on “Cerebral Function and Haemodynamics of Children with Acute non- Traumatic Coma”. Since 2004, he has been involved in clinical research on childhood acute coma with particular interests in aetiology, risk factors for poor outcome, interventions toimprove outcome and simple tools for brain monitoring in sub-Saharan Africa. He has published more than twenty five peer reviewed papers and has presented in a number of local and international conferences. He has been the recipient of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Fellowship award in 2009, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Fellowship award in 2010, The Sheila Wallace award by the International Child Neurology Association in 2012, and the International Scholarship award by the American Academy of Neurology in 2013. Through the non-profit Foundation for People with Epilepsy, he has been central to an initiative to improve access to clinical care and anti-epileptic drugs by people with epilepsy at the rural coast of Kenya. He is part of the secretariat of the National Epilepsy Coordination Committee which is a collaborative initiative by entities involved in epilepsy work in Kenya to develop united strategies and guidelines to combat epilepsy in Kenya.

His current research interests are in childhood coma, sickle cell disease, stroke, and the use of information and communication technology in facilitating health systems in under-served populations, and evidence synthesis and utilisation. Notably, he has been key to the collaborative venture between CISCO systems, Orange Telkom, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, Afya Research Africa, and Kenyatta University, to roll out a telemedicine initiative His current collaborative research works are with the University of Adelaide, Southampton University Hospital, and the international Paediatric Stroke Study Group.

He has a number of students working under his supervision:

  • Dr. Deepika Bisht: Coagulation Abnormalities in Sickle Cell Disease – PhD Project
  • Dr. Doreen Mutua: Pathophysiological Relationships of Stroke and Pulmonary Hypertension in Sickle Cell Disease - PhD Project
  • Charlotte Midiwo: Carbonic Annydrase in SCD – MSc Project