BScN (UON), MSc (London), DPhil (Oxford)
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
- Neuropsychiatry, Genetics, Epilepsy, Mental Health, Neuroscience & Neuroepidemiology
I am a Postdoctoral Scientist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya, and a Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK. I am also a fellow at the Global Initiative in Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education in Research (GINGER), Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, USA. I was funded by the British Commonwealth Scholarship Commission to study MSc in Clinical Neurosciences of the Epilepsies at King's College London, and by the Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship to study a DPhil in Clinical Medicine (specialising in Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology) at the University of Oxford, where my DPhil project won a Graduate Research Prize of the Medical Sciences Division. I have a broad research interest in the epidemiology of neurological, neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders in people living in sub-Saharan Africa, including the genetic susceptibility to these disorders. I have been awarded a 3-year MQ fellowship in mental health to study the genetic risk and overlap between epilepsy and autism spectrum disorders and psychotic disorders.
Burden of neurodevelopmental disorders in low and middle-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Bitta M. et al, (2017), Wellcome Open Research
BEHAVIOURAL AND EMOTIONAL COMORBIDITY OF ACUTE SEIZURES IN YOUNG KENYAN CHILDREN: A POPULATION-BASED STUDY
Kariuki S. et al, (2017), EPILEPSIA, 58, S10 - S10
Cerebrospinal fluid markers to distinguish bacterial meningitis from cerebral malaria in children
Berkley JA. et al, (2017), Wellcome Open
Magnitude and factors associated with nonadherence to antiepileptic drug treatment in Africa: A cross-sectional multisite study
Ibinda F. et al, (2017), Epilepsia Open, 2, 226 - 235
An overview of mental health care system in Kilifi, Kenya: results from an initial assessment using the World Health Organization's Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems.
Bitta MA. et al, (2017), International journal of mental health systems, 11, 28 - 28