“Best Presentations” Awards to CIDRI-Africa Investigators

4 Oct 2017 - 11:30

Department of Medicine Research Day

Charlotte SchutzThe University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital held their 43rd Annual Department of Medicine Research Day meeting from Wednesday 4th October to Thursday 5th October 2017 in the Nico Malan Conference Centre at Groote Schuur Hospital.

Dr Charlotte Schutz from the Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa in the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine and the Department of Medicine delivered an oral presentation titled “Biomarkers associated with high early mortality in hospitalized patients with HIV-associated tuberculosis”. Other presentations on the day included studies conducted in the fields of Neurology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Dermatology, and Gastroenterology. At the Awards Ceremony event following the oral presentations, Dr Schutz received the prize for the best oral presentation (clinical research).

This study forms part of her PhD thesis and is nested within a larger study on HIV-associated tuberculosis conducted at Khayelitsha Hospital by Professor Graeme Meintjes from CIDRI-Africa, the IDM and Department of Medicine and funded by the Wellcome Trust.



Annual Scientific Meeting of Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Research Group

David BarrDr David Barr from the University of Liverpool joined Professor Meintjes research group in November 2015, having received a Wellcome Trust Liverpool-Glasgow Centre for Global Health Research Clinical PhD fellowship, to conduct research in the field of HIV-associated tuberculosis.

Dr Barr attended and presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome research group based in Blantyre, Malawi from 1st to 4th October 2017. The title of his presentation was: “HIV-associated blood-stream disseminated tuberculosis among inpatients: rapid diagnostics and clinical phenotype”. Several UK-based and Malawi-based infectious disease researchers also presented at the meeting.

At the close of the meeting, Dr Barr was honoured as presenter of the best talk, adjudicated by experienced international researchers.

Dr Barr is an infectious diseases registrar in the West of Scotland Deanery and is conducting his clinical research at Khayelitsha Hospital and UCT currently.

Dr Barr’s PhD is supervised by Professor David Lalloo and Dr Gerry Davies at the University of Liverpool and Professor Graeme Meintjes from the Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa, at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Cape Town.

Well done David!