Mwapatsa Mipando has a special interest in building local academic and research leadership capacity that is locally relevant whilst being internationally competitive. He has managed a number of institutional grants/projects that have benefited the College of Medicine in building a critical pool of trained Malawian academics. Mwapatsa has sat on a number of advisory boards including the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), Sub-Saharan Africa Medical School Study (SAMSS) and the WHO Expert group on developing Guidelines for Health Professional Training. He has an interest in Medical Education research and non-communicable diseases with a focus on the usage of traditional medicine in cardiovascular diseases. He is currently leading the establishment of a centre of excellence in non-communicable diseases with funding from NIH and the Scottish government.