Group | Clinical TB Research

Despite progress in the fight against tuberculosis (TB), TB remains a major global health problem. Innovative, high-quality research is needed to combat this poverty-related disease, which primarily affects the most vulnerable.

The mission of our Clinical TB Research Group is to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TB and its comorbidities especially in high-burden countries. Our portfolio includes clinical trials, intervention studies, translational research and epidemiological studies.

Lines of research

The focus of our research activities is on the following areas:

  • Community-based active case finding strategies for TB
  • Clinical evaluation of new tools against TB with emphasis on diagnostics and biomarkers
  • Host-directed therapies for TB
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • TB comorbidities

 

 

Partners

TB Triage+ Community-based tuberculosis triage testing for hard-to-reach populations in Southern Africa

Tuberculosis is a poverty-related disease which particularly affects vulnerable and underserved populations. WHO has developed target product profiles for community-based TB triage testing. CAD4TB, an extensively validated digital chest x-ray analysis platform using deep-learning technology, and a blood test for C-reactive protein, which is a marker of inflammation or infection, are two very promising diagnostic tools which have the potential to meet the targets for TB triage. Read more

MistraL - Mitigation strategies for communities with COVID-19 transmission in Lesotho using artificial intelligence on chest x-rays and novel rapid diagnostic tests

For mitigation strategies to be effective and efficient against COVID-19, they must be context-specific and take local conditions into account. In low- and lower-middle-income countries, limited resources and fragile healthcare systems often dictate what is feasible. In this project, researchers combine artificial intelligence, portable chest X-ray machines and antigen-based diagnostic tests to enable and improve diagnosis of COVID-19 patients in settings with limited resources. Read more

TB-CAPT - Facilitating implementation of TB testing

TB-CAPT (Close the gap, increase Access, Provide adequate Therapy) will provide evidence for impactful implementation of tuberculosis (TB) and TB/HIV co-infection diagnostic strategies including drug-susceptibility testing through a series of trials in Tanzania, Mozambique, and South Africa. TB-CAPT is funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and will run for 3.5 years, with planned completion in 2023. Read more

Awor P et al. Acceptability of pre-referral rectal artesunate for severe malaria in children under 5 years by health workers and caregivers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and Uganda. Malar J. 2022;21:322. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-022-04348-7

Awor P et al. Care seeking and treatment of febrile children with and without danger signs of severe disease in Northern Uganda: results from three household surveys (2018-2020). Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2022;107(4):934–938. DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.21-1132

Brunner N.C et al. Prereferral rectal artesunate and referral completion among children with suspected severe malaria in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and Uganda. BMJ Glob Health. 2022;7(5):e008346. DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-008346

Gils T et al. Feasibility of implementing the advanced HIV disease care package as part of community-based HIV/TB activities: a mixed-methods study protocol. BMJ Open. 2022;12(2):e057291. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-057291

Hetzel M.W et al. Effectiveness of rectal artesunate as pre-referral treatment for severe malaria in children under 5 years of age: a multi-country observational study. BMC Med. 2022;20:343. DOI: 10.1186/s12916-022-02541-8