The nutrition research line was initiated by Dr. Wieger Voskuijl during the years he was based at the nutrition rehabilitation unit of the paediatric department of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi (2012-15). Initially he started doing research with funding from ‘Stichting Steun Emma Kinderziekenhuis’ and ‘Ter Meulenfonds’. But with further funding from Thrasher Foundation and collaborating with dr Robert Bandsma (SickKids Hospital, Toronto) and Prof. Jay Berkley (KEMRI/Wellcome trust, Kenya) the research gradually grew and the Malawian research team increased. He further developed this research line as a PI in the CHAIN network, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, with collaborators from SickKids hospital in Toronto, Canada (Dr. Robert Brandsma), the Kilifi Research Unit, part of the University of Oxford (Prof. James Berkley), and University of Washington (Prof. Judd Walson and Prof. Donna Denno). This collaboration has already resulted in numerous publications in high impact journals 1 completed PhD (2018), and currently 4 PhD students.
In 2016 Dr. Wieger Voskuijl started as Principal Investigator at the Malawi site for the CHAIN Network
the MITS and CHAIN studies received 1.4 million USD