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Non Communicable Diseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are often called 'diseases of affluence'. They include cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes and lung disease - all frequently linked in popular perception to a wealthier 'Western' lifestyle. But are NCDs restricted to the rich? The global trend of non-communicable diseases and current data from varied sources suggests that developing countries are bearing the brunt of rapid increase in prevalence of syndromes over and above infectious diseases.

Department of non-communicable diseases

The department of non-communicable diseases (NCD) mandate is to conduct regular meta-analysis in order to keep abreast on global and national research focused on non-communicable diseases. The department also undertakes studies on critical and prevalent health conditions afflicting Kenyans. Prospective studies include stress-induced physiological derangement and pathology, diabetes, hypertension, alzheimer’s. Testing of novel therapies for NCD is also a priority. In our quest to understand NCD manifestation and pathogenesis and to evaluate new therapies, we in co-operate the use of rodents, rabbits, baboons and vervet monkey or African green monkey (AGM) as models for the human diseases. The nonhuman primates are physiologically and genetically closer to humans and therefore are able to give more precise insightful data on the human diseases and evaluation of new treatments.

Broad objectives

·    To utilize animal models for research on non-communicable diseases; diabetes, heart diseases including stroke and hypertension, Alzheimer’s and cancers of prostate and cervical

·    Research and development of natural products for prevention and therapy of critical non-communicable diseases of economic importance in Kenya and the East African region

 ·    Testing of conventional and herbal drugs for treatment of NCDs

New fields of research interest
NCD as a department is always looking forward to forge new collaborations in:-

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Anti-stress remedies
  • Anti-diabetic
  • Efficacy of natural products on diabetes and hypertension
  • Neurological derangements


Name   Position  Research Focus
1.    Dr. Mbaruk A. Suleiman HOD Cardiovascular/Diabetes
2.    Dr. Maamun M. Jeneby  Research Scientist Diabetes/Stress
3.    Dr. Michael Ndungu  Research Scientist Alzheimer’s
4.    Dr. Ngalla Jillani Research Scientist Neurosciences /Neurobiology
5.    Ms. Clare Njoki    Research Scientist Pharmacology


To contact us: Suleman Mbaruk, PhD.
Head, Department of Non Communicable Diseases
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