Prof. Nelson K. Sewankambo was the Principal of the College of Health Sciences at Makerere University. For 11 years, he was Dean of the university’s School of Medicine, the precursor to the college. A longtime advocate of advancing health research and policy in Africa, Sewankambo pioneered efforts to establish the REACH Policy Initiative, an East African institutional brokerage mechanism linking research to health policy and action. He is the Team Leader for several initiatives investigating knowledge translation interventions including Policy Briefs, Policy Dialogues, Rapid Response Mechanism and the Uganda Clearing House for Health Policy and Systems Research (Supporting Use of Research Evidence for Policy in African Health Systems). His 25-year contribution to HIV/AIDS and health research in Africa has been acknowledged by many awards.