Consequences of Mycobacterium tuberculosis genetic diversity in the context of HIV co-infection for laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis in Africa

  • Ssengooba, Willy (PhD Student)
  • de Jong, Bouke (Promotor)
  • Cobbelens, Frank G.J. (Promotor)
  • Van Leth, Frank (Copromotor)
  • Mandomando, Inacio (Promotor)

Project Details


1. To determine the variation and risk factors for drug-resistant tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa.
2. To evaluate the clinical utility of a novel molecular assay in various combinations with existing methods for diagnosis of HIV-related tuberculosis.
3. To determine the clinical predictors of mycobacteremia among HIV-infected smear- negative adults in a high prevalence HIV/TB setting in relation to the utility of a lateral flow urinary lipoarabinomannan assay.
4. To evaluate the comparative performance of urinary lipoarabinomannan assays and Xpert MTB/RIF in HIV-infected individuals with suspected tuberculosis in Uganda
5. To determine the phenotypic and genotypic diversity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates from blood and sputum of the same HIV-infected adult TB patient.
6. To determine whether specific resistance-conferring mutations with known differential consequences for bacterial fitness differ in their ability to cause disease in HIV-infected versus non-HIV-infected patients.
Effective start/end date28/04/1413/06/17

IWETO expertise domain

  • B780-tropical-medicine


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