Dr. Bernhards Ogutu

Dr. Bernhards Ogutu Ragama joined MCTA of INDEPTH-Network as a senior Clinical Trialist from Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). He has had a wide experience in malaria research especially clinical pharmacology and clinical trials. He has been involved in a number of malaria vaccine and drug trials at the KEMRI Centres in Kisumu and Kilifi.

Dr. Ogutu has had keen interest on malaria diagnosis as an endpoint to malaria trials and was instrumental to the set up of the Malaria diagnostic Centre of excellence at KEMRI, Kisumu. He is a member of the Expert Committee on Clinical Trials of the Pharmacy and Poisons board, the regulatory authority of the Kenyan Ministry of Health. Dr. Ogutu is actively involved in several scientific working groups in the field of malaria and clinical trials within and outside Africa.

Dr. Ogutu graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1991 with MBChB and did his internship at the Meru district hospital in Eastern Kenya where he also worked as a medical officer attached to the paediatric department. Dr. Ogutu in 1993 spent a year as a medical coordinator at the Mandera and Liboi refugee camps in the North Eastern Kenya. In 1995 he joined Clinical Research Centre of KEMRI as an assistant research officer and rose to the position of Principal research officer. In the same year he went back to the University of Nairobi for residency in paediatrics at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi and graduated with Masters in Medicine (Paediatrics) in 1998. In the same year he received a WHO/TDR scholarship for a PhD and enrolled at the faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Nairobi. Dr. Ogutu graduated in 2002 with a PhD in clinical pharmacology. Since then he has been involved in clinical trials.

Dr. Ogutu is also an Association of the Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) certified Physician Investigator (CPI) and is the founding president of the East African Chapter of the ACRP. Dr. Ogutu has published more than 35 papers in peer reviewed journals and authored 2 book chapters. Dr. Ogutu is board registered Paediatrician by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board.