Dr. Cissy Kityo Mutuluuza is a physician, epidemiologist, Public Health Specialist and a leading expert on the treatment and management of HIV/AIDS. She is the Executive Director of the Government of Uganda’s Medical “Joint Clinical Research Center (JCRC)”, an internationally renowned and lead institution in the country, specializing in research, treatment and management of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. She is the Director of the JCRC CAP Certified Laboratories with a menu of >50 tests, the largest in the region offering among others molecular biology and Drug resistance testing. She is among the pioneers of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) use in sub-Saharan Africa and has been one of the proponents and executers of scaling up treatment in Uganda. She is part of the team that planned and wrote Uganda's first strategic plan for a national ARV policy and program to increase access to care and ARVs.
Dr. Kityo received her MD from Makerere University Medical School with a Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery (MBChB). She then went on to complete a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Mutuluuza has received a Ph.D. in Medicine/Global Health from University of Amsterdam Institute of Global Health working on “Emerging HIV Drug Resistance in sub-Saharan Africa: Effects on Treatment Outcomes” for her thesis.
Dr. Kityo has over 30 years of experience in the field of HIV/AID diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research. She has served as Principal Researcher (PR), (Co-PR) or researcher in many clinical, epidemiological and operational trials of HIV treatment and related infections including tuberculosis including leading the NIH AIDS Clinical Research Group (ACTG) Clinical Research Site at JCRC. She has also been closely involved in the study of prevention of HIV transmission and in the preparation for HIV vaccines. She is particularly interested in clinical trials, ART implementation, evolution of HIV drug resistance, HIV reservoirs and in operational research. Many of the pioneering research she has been involved with has informed policy and clinical practice in HIV treatment in developing countries. Dr. Kityo has served as a member of the "AIDS Task Force (ATF)" in Uganda and as the Chairperson of the "AIDS Clinical Care Subcommittee" of the ATF. She serves as an executive member on various local and international scientific committees in HIV research, prevention and treatment.