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Dr. JOSEPH W. MAGONA

Name:                                      Joseph Webeleta Magona

Date and place of birth:          5th November 1964, Sironko, Uganda

Nationality:                             Ugandan

Contact address:                     Bulindi Zonal Agricultural Research & Dev't Institute,
P.O. Box 101, Hoima,
Uganda.

Mob: +256 782-355525
Tel: +256-465-443276
E-mail: magona.joseph@gmail.com


Educational Background and Qualification:
2007-2009       JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Hokkaido University, Japan

2000-2004       PhD University of Glasgow, UK

1995-1996       Master of Science (Veterinary Epidemiology), Free University of Berlin, Germany

1985-1989       Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University, Uganda

1972-1978       Primary Education, Gamatui Primary School, Uganda

1983-1985       Advanced level Education, Namilyango College, Uganda

1979-1982       Ordinary Level Education, Bukedi College Kachonga, Uganda
                                                  

                                                  
Training and short courses:

  1. JSPS Post-doctoral training on production of Camelid Single Chain antibodies against surface molecules of African trypanosomes at the Research Center for Zoonosis Control of Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, September 2007-May 2009 (20 months).
  1. JSPS training course on improved diagnosis of animal diseases using Loop mediated Isothermal Amplification of DNA (LAMP) at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya, 16th – 20th December 2006 (1 week)

 

  1. Proposal writing course by the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) at Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, 28th April-3rd May 2005 (1 week)
  1. Training on development-oriented research in agriculture at the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA), Wageningen, The Netherlands, January – July 1999 (7 months).

 

  1. Development and validation of serological diagnostic techniques for animal diseases, with emphasis on trypanosomosis, Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, April - June 1998 (3 months).
  1. Use of GIS in animal disease surveillance and validation of the FAO/IAEA antibody ELISA kits for animal trypanosomosis at Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Onderstepoort, Pretoria, South Africa, October 1997 (2 weeks).
  2. Farming Systems Research Methodology at the Danish Institute for Animal Science and Royal Veterinary and Agriculture University, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 1997 (3 weeks).
  3. FAO/IAEA training course on serological (antigen and antibody ELISAs) and parasitological diagnostic techniques for epidemiological monitoring of animal trypanosomiasis control programs at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya, May-June, 1994 (4 weeks).

Fellowship Awards:

  • Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship award for Post-doctoral training at University of Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan, September 2007 – May 2009
  • British Department for International Development (DFID) Sponsorship for doctoral studies at University of Glasgow Veterinary School, Glasgow, U.K., July 2000 – June 2004
  • German Foundation for International Development (DSE) fellowship award for a course on development-oriented research in agriculture at the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA), Wageningen, The Netherlands and research studies in Bellary district, Karnataka State, India, January-July 1999.
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) fellowship award for training on diagnostic techniques of trypanosomoses at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, U.K., April-June 1998.
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellowship award for Master of Science degree studies in Veterinary Epidemiology at Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, February 1995–July 1996.

Membership:

  • Member of the World Association for Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP)
  • Member of the International Goat Association (IGA)
  • Member of the Uganda Veterinary Association (UVA)
  • Member of Uganda Goat Network (UGONET)
  • Member of the East African Network for Trypanosomosis (EANETT)

Work Experience:

2011 - To Date, Director of Research, Bulindi Zonal Agricultural Research & Development Institute - Hoima, Uganda.

2007-2010, Principal Research Officer-National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Tororo, Uganda.

2004-2007, Research Officer I- Livestock Health Research, Tororo, Uganda.

1996 - 2003, Research Officer II - Livestock Health Research Institute, Tororo, Uganda.

1994 - 1996, Research Assistant -Livestock Health Research Institute, Tororo, Uganda.

1990 - 1993, Scientific Officer (Veterinary)-Uganda Trypanosomiasis Research Organisation (UTRO), Tororo, Uganda.

Supervision of postgraduate students:

  • Frederick Kabi – M.Sc. thesis title “Response to natural tick-borne infections among the Nkedi Zebu and Ankole cattle in an agro-pastoral farming system of Soroti district” submitted to Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University in 2008.
  • Godfrey Nsereko- M.Sc. proposal “Anthelminthic resistance in goat on commercial farms in Mpigi district” undertaken at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University. Ongoing study-2011.
  • Charles Byaruhanga-M.Sc. proposal “Comparison of nematode infections in Mubende, Small East African and Boer goats at Serere Research station” undertaken at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University. Ongoing study-2011.

External Examiner for Postgraduate Students

  • Atuhaire David Kalenzi, Postgraduate student at Makerere University Kampala, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 2010. M.Sc. Thesis “Comparison of Reverse line blot and b-tubulin Targeted Nested PCR Techniques in the detection of tick-borne Haemoparasites of Ruminants.”
  • Kalule Godfrey, Postgraduate student at Makerere University Kampala, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 2010. M.Sc. Thesis “Comparative study of tsetse and trypanosomosis control methods in Kasese District.”
  • Ongelech Francis, Postgraduate student at Makerere University Kampala, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 2010. M.Sc. Thesis “In vitro and in vivo efficacy of selected plant extracts against natural tick infestation in cattle in Malera Sub County, Bukedea District, Uganda.”
  • Sande Robert, Postgraduate student at Makerere University Kampala, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 2010. M.Sc. Thesis “Seroprevalence and Distribution of Pestes des Petits Ruminantes Virus antibodies in Goats and Sheep in Amuru and Gulu Districts, Uganda”
  • Kabasa William Microsse, Postgraduate student at Makerere University Kampala, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 2011. M.Sc. Thesis “Assessment of health laboratories in handling epidemics of public health importance in Kampala District.”

Consultancy work

  1. Monitoring and evaluation of the status of dairy cattle raised under the protected zerograzing system initiated by the project “Farming in Tsetse Controlled Areas (FITCA)” in South-eastern Uganda (May 2005-December 2009): 
  2. Provision of advisory, technology development and information services to rural farmers under the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) in Mukujju and Rubongi subcounties, Tororo, Uganda on development of pig production (September 2004 to June 2007):
  3. Provision of advisory services to rural farmers under the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) in Mukujju and Rubongi subcounties, Tororo, Uganda on development of poultry production (September 2005 to June 2007):
  4. Provision of advisory services to rural farmers under the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) in Osukuru Subcounty, Tororo, Uganda on development of dairy cattle production (September 2006 to June 2007):
  5. Development of an action plan for the parasitological baseline survey for the project “Integrated Area-wide program for the Creation of Sustainable Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis free zones in the Lake Victoria basin in Uganda” implemented by Government of Uganda, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) under the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomosis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC) (October 2006).
  6. Data analysis and production of a technical report for the baseline study on the impact of tsetse and trypanosomosis on livestock and crop production in areas under FITCA Ethiopia project (July 2005-March 2006).

Publications in peer-reviewed Journals

  1. Magona, J.W., Eisler, M.C., Revie, C.W. (2011). Decision Support Card: impact of its application on clinical detection of field cases of trypanosomosis, tick-borne diseases and helminthoses in Uganda. Research Opinions in Animal and Veterinary Sciences (in press).
  2. Magona, J.W., Galiwango, T., Walubengo, J., Mukiibi, G. (2011). Rift Valley fever surveillance in Uganda, 2005-2009: status of mosquito vectors and anti-RVF virus IgG and RVF virus neutralizing antibodies in goats. Small Ruminant Research (in press).
  3. Magona, J.W., Walubengo, J., Kabi, F., Odimim, J.T., Ocaido, M. (2011). Utilization of GIS spatial maps for rationalisation of tsetse and trypanosomosis control in Uganda. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology (in press).
  4. Magona, J.W., Walubengo, J. (2011). Mass-treatment and insecticide-spraying of animal reservoirs for emergency control of Rhodesiense sleeping sickness in Uganda. Journal of Vector Borne Diseases 48, June 2011, pp1-4.
  5. Nakao, R, Magona, J.W., Zhou, L., Jongejan, F., Sugimoto C. (2011). Multiple-locus sequence typing of Ehrlichia ruminantium strains from geographically divergent origins and collected in Amblyomma variegatum from Uganda. Parasites and vectors, http://www.parasitesandvectors.com/imedia/1765568398541360_article.pdf .
  6. Magona J.W., Walubengo, J., Olaho-Mukani, W., Jonsson, N.N., Welburn, S.C., Eisler, M.C. (2011). Spatial variation of tick abundance and seroconversion rates of indigenous cattle to Anaplasma marginale, Babesia bigemina and Theileria parva infections in Uganda. Experimental and Applied Acarology DOI: 10.1007/s10493-011-9456-2.
  7. Magona, J.W., Walubengo, J., Kabi. F. (2011). Response of Nkedi Zebu and Ankole cattle to tick infestation and natural tick-borne, helminth and trypanosome infections in Uganda. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 43 (5), 1019-1033, DOI: 10.1007/s11250-011-9801-9.
  8. Magona J.W., Walubengo J., Odimim J.T. (2011). Differences in prevalence of trypanosomosis in Nkedi Zebu, Ankole and crossbred cattle under tethering and open grazing management systems in Uganda. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 23, Article #141. Retrieved June 22, 2011, from http://www.lrrd.org/lrrd23/6/mago23141.htm
  9. Nakao, R., Stromdahl, E.Y., Magona, J.W., Faburay, B., Namangala, B., Malele, I., Noboru, I., Geysen, D., Kajino, K., Jongejan, F., Sugimoto, C. (2010). Development of Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) assay for rapid detection of Ehrlichia ruminantium. BMC Microbiology, 10, 296 doi: 10.1186/1471-2180-10-296.
  10. Magona, J.W., Walubengo, J., Galiwango, T. Etoori, A. (2009). Seroprevalence and potential risk of bovine brucellosis in zerograzing and pastoral dairy systems in Uganda. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 41 (8), 1765-71
  11. Jing, Z., Magona, J. W., Sakurai, T., Thekisoe, O. M. M., Otim, C. P., Sugimoto, C., Inoue, N. (2009). A field study to estimate the prevalence of bovine African trypanosomosis in Butaleja district, Uganda. The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 71 (4), 525-7.
  12. Magona, J.W., Walubengo, J., Olaho-Mukani, W., Jonsson, N.N. Eisler, M.C. (2009). Diagnostic value of rectal temperature of African cattle of variable coat colour infected with trypanosomes and tick-borne infections. Veterinary Parasitology, 160, 301-305.
  13. Kabi, F., Magona, J.W., Nasinyama, G.W., Walubengo, J. (2008). Sero-prevalences of Tick-borne infections among the Nkedi Zebu and Ankole cattle in Soroti district, Uganda. Journal of Protozoology Research, 18, 61-70.
  14. Magona, J.W., Walubengo, J., Olaho-Mukani, W., Jonsson, N.N., Welburn, S.C., Eisler, M.C. (2008). Clinical features associated with seroconversion to Anaplasma marginale, Babesia bigemina and Theileria parva infections in African cattle under natural tick challenge. Veterinary Parasitology, 155, 273-280.
  15. Magona, J.W., Walubengo, J., Odimin, J.T. (2008). Acute haemorrhagic syndrome of bovine trypanosomosis in Uganda. Acta Tropica, 107(2), 186-191.
  16. Eisler, M.C., Magona, J.W., Jonsson, N.N., Revie, C.W. (2007). A low cost decision support tool for the diagnosis of endemic bovine infectious diseases in the mixed crop-livestock production system of sub-Saharan Africa. Epidemiology and Infection, 135, 67-75.
  17. Fèvre, E.M., Tilley, A., Picozzi, K., Fyfe, J., Anderson, I., Magona, J.W., Shaw, D.J., Eisler, M.C., Welburn, S.C. (2006). Central point sampling from cattle in livestock markets in areas of human sleeping sickness. Acta Tropica, 97 (2), 229-232.
  18. Magona, J.W., Walubengo, J., Odiit, M., Okedi, L.A., Abila, P., Katabazi, B.K., Gidudu, A.M, Olaho-Mukani, W. (2005). Implications of the re-invasion of Southeast Uganda by Glossina pallidipes on the epidemiology of bovine trypanosomosis. Veterinary Parasitology, 128 (1-2), 1-9.
  19. Magona, J.W., Walubengo, J., Olaho-Mukani, W. (2004). Knowledge and attitudes of cattle owners regarding trypanosomosis control in tsetse-infested areas of Uganda. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association, 75(4), 173-176.
  20. Magona, J.W., Musisi, G., Walubengo, J., Olaho-Mukani, W. (2004). Effect of strategic deworming of village cattle in Uganda with Moxidectin pour-on on faecal egg count and pasture larval counts. Short Communication. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association, 75(4), 189-192.
  21. Magona, J.W., Walubengo, J., Odimim, J.J. (2004). Differences in susceptibility to trypanosome infection between Nkedi Zebu and Ankole cattle under field conditions in Uganda. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, 98(8), 785-792.
  22. Magona, J.W., Walubengo, J. Olaho-Mukani, W. Revie, C.W., Jonsson, N.N., Eisler, M.C. (2004). A Delphi survey on expert opinion on key signs for clinical diagnosis of bovine trypanosomosis, tick-borne diseases and helminthoses. Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa, 52, 130-140.
  23. Magona, J.W., Walubengo, J. Anderson, I., Olaho-Mukani, W., Jonsson, N.N., Eisler, M.C. (2004). Portable haemoglobinometers and their potential for penside detection of anaemia in bovine disease diagnosis: a comparative evaluation. The Veterinary Journal, 168 (3), 343-348.
  24. Magona, J.W., Mayende, J.S.P., Okiria, R., Okuna, N.M. (2004). Protective efficacy of isometamidium chloride and diminazene aceturate against natural Trypanosoma brucei, Trypanosoma congolense and Trypanosoma vivax infections in cattle under a suppressed tsetse population in Uganda. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research, 71, 231-237.
  25. Magona, J.W., Mayende, J.S.P., Olaho-Mukani, W., Coleman, P.G., Jonsson, N.N., Welburn, S.C., Eisler, M. C. (2003). A comparative study on the clinical, parasitological and molecular diagnosis of bovine trypanosomosis in Uganda. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research, 70, 213-218.
  26. Magona, J.W., Musisi, G. (2002). Effect of injectable Moxidectin treatment of cattle on prevalence and strongyle egg output under communal grazing management in Uganda. Rev. Elev. Med. Vet. Pays. Trop., 55 (1), 35-38.
  27. Magona, J.W., Mayende, J.S.P. (2002). Occurrence of concurrent trypanosomosis, theileriosis, anaplasmosis and helminthosis in Friesian, Zebu and Sahiwal cattle in Uganda. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research, 69, 133-140.
  28. Magona, J.W., Mayende, J.S.P, Walubengo, J. (2002). Comparative evaluation of the antibody-detection ELISA technique using microplates precoated with denatured crude antigens from Trypanosoma congolense or Trypanosoma vivax. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 34, 295-308.
  29. Magona, J.W., Musisi, G. (2002). Influence of age, grazing system, season and agroclimatic zone on the prevalence and intensity of gastrointestinal strongylosis in Ugandan goats. Small Ruminant Research, 44, 187-192.
  30. Magona, J.W., Olaho-Mukani, W., Musisi, G., Walubengo, J. (2000). Comparative efficacy of Nilzan PlusÒ, Wormicid PlusÒ, VermitanÒ, and IvomecÒ against goat nematodes. Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa, 48, 1-6.
  31. Magona, J.W., Greiner, M., Mehlitz, D. (2000). Impact of tsetse control on age-specific prevalence of trypanosomosis in village cattle in Southeast Uganda. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 32, 87-98.
  32. Magona, J.W., Olaho-Mukani, W., Musisi, G., Walubengo, J. (1999). Bovine Fasciola infection survey in Uganda. Bulletin of Animal Health and production in Africa, 47, 9-14.
  33. Magona, J.W., Musisi, G. (1999). Prevalence and infection levels of gastrointestinal nematodes in Ugandan goats in different agroclimatic zones. Bulletin of Animal Health and production in Africa, 47,49-56.
  34. Magona, J.W., Musisi, G. (1999). Field studies on anthelmintic resistance in village goats in Uganda. Short communication. Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa, 47, 179-181.
  35. Magona, J.W., Kakaire, D.W., Mayende, J.S.P., (1999). Prevalence and distribution of animal trypanosomosis on Buvuma Islands in Lake Victoria, Uganda. Short communication. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 31, 83-87.
  36. Magona, J.W., Okuna, N.M., Katabazi, B., Okoth, J.O., Omollo, P, Mayende, J.S.P., Drabile, D.C. (1998). Control of tsetse and animal trypanosomosis by combination of pour-on, trapping and chemotherapy along the Uganda - Kenya border. Rev. Elev. Med. Vet. Pays. Trop., 51 (4), 311-315.
  37. Magona, J.W., Katabazi, B., Olaho-Mukani, W., Mayende, J.S.P. Walubengo, J. (1997). Haemorrhagic Trypanosoma vivax outbreak in cattle in Mbale and Tororo districts in eastern Uganda. Journal of Protozoology Research, 7(2), 48-53.
  38. Picozzi, K., Tilley, A., Fèvre, E.M., Coleman, P.G., Magona, J.W., Odiit, M., Eisler, M.C., Welburn, S.C. (2002). The diagnosis of trypanosome infections: applications of novel technology for reducing disease risk. African Journal of Biotechnology, 2, 39-45.
  39. Okiria, R., Okuna, N.M., Magona, J.W., Mayende, J.S.P., (2002). Sustainability of tsetse control by subsequent treatment of 10% of a previously treated Ugandan cattle population with 1% w/v Deltamethrin. Tropical Animal Health and production, 34, 105-114.
  40. Fèvre, E.M, Coleman, P.G., Odiit, M., Magona, J.W., Welburn, S.C., Woolhouse, M.E.J. (2001). The origins of a new Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense sleeping sickness outbreak in eastern Uganda. The Lancet, 358 (9282), 625-628.
  41. Akol, M.N., Olaho-Mukani, W., Odiit, M., Enyaru, J.C.K., Matovu, E., Magona, J.W., Okitoi, D. (1999). Trypanosomosis agglutination card test (TACT) for T. b. rhodesiense sleeping sickness. East African Medical Journal, 76 (1), 38-41.

Technical Reports

  1. Magona, J.W., Ocaido, M., Odimim, J.T. (2009). Development of methods and approaches for strengthening district capacity for effective surveillance and control of resurgent and persistent tsetse and Trypanosomosis. Final Technical Report, NARO, National Competitive Grant Scheme Projects, pp.59.
  1. Allen, C. Anyanga, W. Biradar, N. Magona, J. W., Okello, B. Ramos, A. Win, T. T (1999). Enhancing natural resource management capacity of local communities through indicators and enabling technologies. Analysis of three micro-watersheds in Bellary District, India. Working Document - International Centre for Development Oriented Research in Agriculture. International Centre for Development Oriented Research in Agriculture, Wageningen, Netherlands, No. 78, xxiii, 166 pp.

 

  1. Okuna, N.M., Magona, J.W. (1997). Monitoring of tsetse and trypanosomosis control programs in South-eastern Uganda. IAEA-TECDOC-925. 81-85.
  1. Okuna, N.M., Mayende, J.S.P., Magona, J. (1993). The validation of an Ag-ELISA for the diagnosis of trypanosomiasis in cattle in Uganda and its use in assessing the efficacy of a control program. In: Improving the diagnosis and control of trypanosomiasis and other vector-borne diseases of African Livestock using immunoassay methods. IAEA-TECDOC-707, 69-77.

 

Book Chapter

  1. Magona, J.W., J.S.P. Mayende, J.S.P., Walubengo, J. (2000). Validation in Uganda of antibody-detection ELISA’s using plates precoated with denatured Trypanosoma congolense and Trypanosoma vivax antigen. In: Dwinger, R.H. (Ed.), Animal Trypanosomosis: Diagnosis and Epidemiology. Results of a FAO/IAEA Co-ordinated Research Program on the use of immunoassay methods for improved diagnosis of trypanosomosis and monitoring tsetse and trypanosomosis control programs, Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, pp.131-139.

Theses

  1. Magona, J.W. (2004). Point of care diagnosis of bovine trypanosomosis, tick-borne diseases and helminthoses with emphasis on portable anaemia-detection devices and decision support systems. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow, 274p.
  1. Magona, J.W. (1996). A cross-sectional study to assess the success of control of trypanosomosis in cattle kept under the Smallholder livestock production system in Tororo district, Southeast Uganda. M.Sc. thesis, Free University of Berlin, 86 p.


                                                  

                                               

 

 

 

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