About IRCE

The International Research Center of Excellence (IRCE) is a Center of Excellence established in 2015 by Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) to create an enabling environment which facilitates research activities that bridge international and Nigerian researchers. IRCE promotes public/private partnership for quality health services, capacity building and research in West Africa.

The actualization of IRCE epitomizes the vision of IHVN and its prime position as leader in providing quality health services, capacity building and health-related research in West Africa.One of IRCE’s key objectives is to provide training and engage new researchers in its mentorship program. IRCE is one of the three centers of the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN).

Early investigators have been linked to suitable mentors and exposed to training and fellowship opportunities in communicable and non-communicable diseases. IRCE conducts trainings and mentoring activities on global health education, laboratory and research methodology, statistical methods in epidemiology, scientific and medical ethics, and the principles and practice of clinical trials in collaboration with faculty members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore and other international faculty.

IRCE Objectives

  1. Provide a common world-class platform for the implementation of research and clinical trials at international standards as part of global networks
  2. Foster collaboration and synergism between Nigeria’s finest researchers and their counterparts at international research institutions and universities
  3. Provide a safety net that protects IHVN and its collaborators from liability by proactively ensuring that research conducted at IHVN is under the highest scientific and ethical standards
  4. Provide opportunities for young Nigerian researchers to develop and execute research projects being mentored by more experienced investigators at IHVN, Nigerian Universities, the diaspora, and international research institutions and universities

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IRCE’s History

The International Research Center of Excellence (IRCE) was established in 2015 to create an enabling environment that facilitates research activities that bridge international and Nigerian researchers

  • 2016

    Establishment

    The International Research Center of Excellence (IRCE) was established in 2015 to create an enabling environment that facilitates research activities that serves as a bridge between international and Nigerian researchers. The actualization of IRCE epitomizes the vision of IHVN and its prime position as leader in providing quality health services, capacity building and health-related research in West Africa. The IRCE department began her research activities with 4 Researchers

  • 2017

    Training & Collaboration

    Trainings (5) were conducted in collaboration with University of Maryland Baltimore. were conducted with the. Researchers in the IRCE department increased to 8.

  • 2019

    Set up of Clinical trials for LASSA Fever

    Collaborations were formed with more partners; Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Kemri Wellcome, Kilifi Kenya, University of Oxford and The Global Health Network. The Clinical Trial Team& Unit was set up and a visit from CEPI on the possible collaboration on clinical trials for LASSA Fever

  • 2021

    Growth

    The number of collaborators are on a steady increase and more trainings are being conducted tailored specifically towards the needs of the IRCE/IHVN staff. The growth in staff strength increased to 55.

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The training workshop was well organized and perfectly delivered by all facilitators.

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Trainee, IHVN, Abuja