Paul Bangirana

Paul Bangirana is Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and a part time lecturer in the School of Psychology Makerere University. He graduated with a BSc majoring in Psychology from Makerere University in 2000, an MSc in Clinical Psychology from Makerere University in 2003 and joint PhD in Neuropsychology between Makerere University and Karolinska Institutet in 2011. He has been involved in research since 2003 looking at the neurocognitive effects of HIV/AIDS infection and cerebral malaria in Ugandan children. Other studies are focusing on providing rehabilitation and adjuvant therapies to treat/prevent these neurocognitive deficits.

Paul Bangirana, PhD
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1. Ruel TD, Boivin MJ, Boal HE, Bangirana P, Charlebois E, Havlir DV, Rosenthal PJ, Dorsey G, Achan J, Akello C, Kamya MR, Wong JK. (2012). Neurocognitive and Motor Deficits in HIV-Infected Ugandan Children With High CD4 Cell Counts. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 54(7):1001-1009.
2. Bangirana P, Musisi S, Boivin MJ, Ehnvall A, John CC, Bergemann TL, Allebeck P. (2011). Malaria with neurological involvement in Ugandan children: effect on cognitive ability, academic achievement and behaviour. Malaria Journal, 10:334.
3. Bangirana P, Allebeck P, Boivin M, John C, Page C, Ehnvall A, Musisi S. (2011). Cognition, behaviour and academic skills after cognitive rehabilitation in Ugandan children surviving severe malaria: a randomised trial. BMC Neurology, 11(1):96.
4. Boivin MJ, Busman RA, Parikh SM, Bangirana P, Page CF, Opoka RO, Giordani B. (2010). A pilot study of the neuropsychological benefits of computerized cognitive rehabilitation in Ugandan children with HIV. Neuropsychology, 24(5):667-73.
5. Robertson K, Liner J, Hakim J, Sankal├® JL, Grant I, Letendre S, Clifford D, Diop AG, Jaye A, Kanmogne G, Njamnshi A, Langford TD, Weyessa TG, Wood C, Banda M, Hosseinipour M, Sacktor N, Nakasuja N, Bangirana P, Paul R, Joska J, Wong J, Boivin M, Holding P, Kammerer B, Van Rie A, Ive P, Nath A, Lawler K, Adebamowo C, Royal W 3rd, Joseph J; NeuroAIDS in Africa Conference Participants. (2010). NeuroAIDS in Africa. Journal of Neurovirology, 16: 189-202.
6. Boivin MJ, Boal HE, Ruel TD, Bangirana P, Cao H, Eller LA, Charlebois E, Havlir DV, Kamya MR, Achan J, Akello C, Wong JK. (2010). HIV Subtype A is associated with poorer neuropsychological performance compared to subtype D in antiretroviral therapy-naive Ugandan children. AIDS, 24:1163-1170
7. Boivin MJ, Bangirana P, Smith RC. (2010). The Relationship between Visual-Spatial and Auditory-Verbal Working Memory Span in Senegalese and Ugandan Children. PLoS One, 5:e8914.
8. Bangirana P, Nakasujja N, Giordani B, Opoka RO, John CC, Boivin MJ. (2009). Reliability of the Luganda version of the Child Behaviour Checklist in measuring behavioural problems after cerebral malaria. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 3(1):38.
9. Bangirana P, John CC, Idro R, Opoka RO, Byarugaba J, Jurek, Boivin MJ. (2009). Socioeconomic predictors of cognition in Ugandan children: Implications for community interventions. PLoS One Nov 19;4(11):e7898.
10. Bangirana P, Musisi S, Allebeck P, Giordani B, John CC, Opoka RO, Byarugaba J, Ehnvall A, Boivin MJ. (2009). A preliminary examination of the construct validity of the KABC-II in Ugandan children with a history of cerebral malaria. African Health Sciences, 9(3):188-192.
11. Bangirana P, Giordani B, John CC, Page C, Opoka RO, Boivin MJ. (2009). Immediate neuropsychological and behavioral benefits of computerized cognitive rehabilitation in Ugandan pediatric cerebral malaria survivors. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 30, 310-318.
12. Johnson LR, Mayanja MK, Bangirana P, Kizito S. (2009). Contrasting Concepts of Depression in Uganda: Implications for Service Delivery in a Multicultural Context. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79 (2), 275-289.
13. Opoka RO, Bangirana P, Boivin MJ, John, CC, Byarugaba, J. (2009). Seizure activity and neurological sequelae in Ugandan children who have survived an episode of cerebral malaria. African Health Sciences , 9(2), 75-81
14. John CC, Bangirana P, Byarugaba J, Opoka RO, Idro R, Jurek AM, Wu B, Boivin MJ. (2008). Cerebral malaria in children is associated with long-term cognitive impairment. Pediatrics, 122, e92-e99.
15. Opoka RO, Xia Z, Bangirana P, John CC. (2008). Inpatient Mortality in Children With Clinically Diagnosed Malaria As Compared With Microscopically Confirmed Malaria. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 27(4): 319-324
16. Boivin MJ, Bangirana P, Byarugaba J, Opoka RO, Idro R, Jurek AM, John CC. (2007). Cognitive impairment following cerebral malaria in children: a prospective study. Pediatrics 119 (2):e360-e366.
17. Bangirana P, Idro R, John CC, Boivin MJ. (2006). Rehabilitation for Cognitive impairments following Cerebral Malaria in African Children: Strategies and limitations. Tropical Medicine and International Health 11(9): 1341ÔÇô1349.