Board of Directors
Professor Mushagalusa is Chancellor of Université Evangélique en Afrique, a founding partner institute with ICART. He has extensive research experience and knowledge of academic programing and sustainable development. Students and faculty from these departments will work to develop their own projects under the technical support provided by the international partners. As Chancellor, Professor Mushagalusa has been responsible for new construction on the UEA campus including a new Faculty of Medicine building with a $2,000,000 budget and a new Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences building with a $1,300,000 budget. He has also acquired lab equipment for the Faculty of Medicine, opened a GIS lab in partnership with ESRI, and begun a soil lab for the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Additionally, he maintains relationships with several universities worldwide including: University of Michigan, Mayo Clinic, University of Milano in Bicocco, Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenborg, Applied University of Sciences in Berlin, Université de Toulouse in France, Université de Ngozi in Burundi, and Hondong University in South Korea. His institutional knowledge is instrumental in designing a program capable of maintaining long-term sustainability of the Research and Training Center.
Dr. Mukwege has been working with survivors of sexual violence and women with severe gynecological problems for over 15 years. He has collaborated with local and international partners on clinical research, community outreach and interventions. He is also an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and quality health care for all. Dr. Mukwege is ideally situated to lead the effort for improved research and evaluation of local initiatives for the greatest long-term impact.. His years of personal experience, combined with the mentorship of international collaborators, and the vision of local physicians and community leaders, will ensure that the projects designed and carried out by the Research and Training Center lead to change and development for clinical care, community programs, and policy.
Dr. Miller is faculty at the University of Michigan. Her research spans 20 years of funded projects, most currently using magnetic resonance imaging to study a non-recoverable childbirth-related muscle tear that likely leads to gynecological prolapse. Her clinical practice specializes in treating women with prolapse or incontinence. Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Miller chose graduate school and raising a family over her love of doing cross-cultural nursing in globally challenging environments. She was sure that scientific investigation could uncover needed solutions for the difficult problems that her patients faced. Years later, she met Dr. Denis Mukwege and Chancellor Gustave Mushagalusa. All three saw the potential for research that might solve problems local to the challenges faced in D.R. Congo. They and several others worked together to obtain start-up funding for what has now become ICART. Dr. Miller continues actively with ICART in an advisory capacity. She brings experience in scientific processes, running large research teams, grant writing, and linkages to the international community at the University of Michigan.