Bloomsbury Centre for Global Health Research Scientific Meeting – The Gambia and Zimbabwe – March 2022

A joint-location research meeting was held in The Gambia and Zimbabwe from the 14th to the 17th of March 2022, with presentations from past and current Clinical PhD fellows, Senior Fellows, and affiliated Fellows to the Programme and Centre.

Meeting participants in The Gambia
Meeting participants in Zimbabwe

The presentations from the following participants can be found below :

Monday 14th March 2022

Beate Kampmann Vaccine studies in the Gambia
Anja Saso Pertussis vaccines: Old and New Challenges
Edwin Armitage Beta-haemolytic streptococcal carriage and infection in The Gambia: clinical epidemiology, transmission dynamics and household modelling
Alex Keeley Towards understanding natural immunity and identifying a serological correlate of protection to Strep A in The Gambia: Humoral immune responses with a focus on candidate-vaccine antigens
Penda Johm Vaccine confidence in pregnant women and around COVID-19
Tinotenda Taruvinga COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Zimbabwe
Andrew Prendergast Healthy birth, growth and development in rural Zimbabwe
Ceri Evans Clinical and immunological outcomes of children with antenatal HIV and CMV exposure
Jon Sturgeon Enteropathy and immune dysfunction in children with severe malnutrition in Zimbabwe/Zambia
Joe Piper Characterising school-age growth, cognitive and physical function in rural Zimbabwe
Mutsa Bwakura Malnutrition
Andrew Prentice Nutrition research in The Gambia
Uduak Okomo Routes of Transmission of infection in neonates
Helen Brotherton Impact of early kangaroo mother care versus standard care on survival of mild-moderately unstable neonates <2000g: A randomised controlled trial
Simbarashe Chimhuya Neotree: a digital tool to improve newborn care
Kirsty Le Doare Maternal vaccination in Uganda
Naomi Wright Improving neonatal surgical outcomes in low- and middle-income countries

Tuesday 15th March 2022

Ioana Olaru Understanding Gram-negative infections and antimicrobial resistance in Zimbabwe
Rudo Chingono Understanding the social dynamics of antimicrobial use following a typhoid conjugate vaccine campaign in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Salome Manyau FIEBRE: Understanding the Social Context of Antibiotic Prescribing and use in Zimbabwe
Saffiatou Darboe Antimicrobial resistance in The Gambia; perspective on human health
Effua Yusuf CADAMEM (Childhood Acute Respiratory Tract Infections Diarrhoea and Malaria – Epidemiology and Management)
Jeremy Hoffman Managing fungal keratitis in Nepal: a randomised controlled trial comparing chlorhexidine 0.2% to natamycin 5%
Jayne Ellis Integrated management of cryptococcal and opportunistic infections to improve outcomes in advanced HIV disease
Ruramayi Rukuni / Nyasha Dzavakwa HIV and musculoskeletal health (IMVASK & Vitality)
Edith Majonga Proinflammatory and cardiovascular biomarkers in children taking antiretroviral therapy
Rashida Ferrand Improving HIV outcomes in young people – the CHIEDZA trial
Aoife Doyle Y-Check: Evaluating the effectiveness of adolescent health check-ups
Joe Jarvis What next for the management of cryptocccal meningitis?
David Lawrence The Lived Experience of Participants in an African RandomiseD trial (LEOPARD)
Kris Murray Effect of climate change on health
Ana Bonell Impact of extreme heat on maternal and fetal physiology
Sharif Ismail Multi-level perspectives on health system resilience: insights from responses to compound crises in Lebanon

Wednesday 16th March 2022

Celia Gregson Musculoskeletal Health in sub-Saharan Africa: The Fractures-E3 Study
Vicky Simms Physical and mental multimorbidity prevalence in healthcare workers
Claire Calderwood Chronic disease screening and multimorbidity in TB-affected households
Charlotte Hanlon Mental health
Charles Cleland Artificial Intelligence Supported Diabetic Retinopathy Screening in Tanzania
Rachael Burke Preventing deaths among adults hospitalised with HIV: A trial of enhanced TB screening using CAD4TB and FujiLAM
Hannah Rickman Identifying areas of high TB risk in Blantyre, Malawi
Kate Gaskell Respiratory pathogen transmission in household contacts
Collins Timire Effect of conditional cash transfer on MDR-TB treatment outcomes in Zimbabwe, a mixed method study
Fiona Cresswell Long-acting HIV treatments in African settings
Keira Skolimowska Investigating the role of platelets on neuroinflammation in TB meningitis
Liz Corbett Community-led HIV self-testing: cluster-randomised trials in Malawi and Zimbabwe
Esin Nkereuwem Childhood TB and lung health following treatment
Jayne Sutherland (1) & Leopold Tientcheu  (2) Novel TB diagnostics (1) and Informing MTBC strain-specific anti-TB treatments (2)
Louis Grandjean Pathogen pre-resistance, transmission and immunity in TB and SARS-CoV-2
Annette Erhart Overview of malaria research in The Gambia
Umberto D’Alessandro Overview of the MASSIV trial
Christian Kositz Off-target impacts of ivermectin-MDA conducted for the elimination of Malaria                              
Anna Last Overview of the MATAMAL trial
David McGregor Surveillance of Plasmodium falciparum drug resistance                                                                           
Kevin Tetteh Malaria Serology and the MRCG Luminex Hub                                                                                         
Alfred Ngwa Applying state of the art molecular tools and modelling to malaria control                                      
Harry Hutchins Using multi-antigen serological profiles to understand exposure to Plasmodium falciparum        
Hristina Vasileva In silico classification of a Plasmodium falciparum hypervariable multigene protein family           
Sophie Moss Characterising genomic markers for drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum                               
Liz Pretorius Evaluating the impact of ivermectin on malaria vectors                                                                           

Thursday 17th March 2022

Rashida Ferrand Establishing a COVID-19 treatment centre in Harare
Arun Fryatt Decentralisation of COVID-19 care in Zimbabwe: training, stocks and oxygen
Farrie Nzvere Making infection prevention and control everybody’s business in health facilities
Edson Marambire   Supporting essential workers in crises – establishing an occupational health screening programme
Katharina Kranzer Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccine effectiveness in Zimbabwe
Madikoi Danso (Field) / Sheikh Jarjhu (Lab) Understanding transmission dynamics for Sars-CoV2-a household contact 
Abdul Cesay Supporting governments through genomic surveillance in West Africa
Chido Dziva Chikwari Sexually Transmitted Infections among youth in Zimbabwe: findings from STICH
Kevin Martin Integration of point-of-care diagnostics for sexually transmitted infections in antenatal care in Zimbabwe
Mandi Tembo Investigating the acceptability and effectiveness of a menstrual health and hygiene intervention within a community-based setting among young women in Zimbabwe.
Constancia Mavodza Understanding the family planning experiences and needs of young women accessing the CHIEDZA intervention.
Fortunate Machingura Differentiated prevention and care (AMETHIST) to support virtual elimination of infectious HIV among sex workers in southern Africa.
Gail Davey Podoconiosis
Michael Marks Severe stigmatising skin diseases: the SHARP study

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