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Current opportunity - May 2017
Research Assistant / Research Associate
Working with Dr Poppy Lamberton's group within the SCHISTO_PERSIST team in Uganda and Glasgow to assess how best to improve individual treatment success in Schistosoma mansoni.
About the project:
Intestinal schistosomiasis caused by Schistosoma mansoni is a widespread public health problem in Uganda. A mass drug administration (MDA) based National Control Programme began to be rolled out in Uganda from 2003, with great success across the country. However hotspots, where infection prevalence, intensity and/or associated morbidity are not reducing as expected, have been detected. Here, several people do not clear their infections despite repeated praziquantel treatment. These systematic non-clearers may harbour drug resistant parasites, but when analysed in vitro they do not always differ significantly from parasites collected from individuals who clear with the standard treatment.
This research post will address the following research question:
- what are the parasite and host associated risk factors for low praziquantel efficacy in S. mansoni infections?
The successful applicant will be part of a larger University of Glasgow team addressing how to reduce transmission and improve individual treatment success within hotspot areas supported by an excellent Ugandan field team. Strong understanding and experience in molecular work are required for this role. Field experience in sample and data collection in resource poor settings is highly desirable.
- Further information [see vacancy reference is 017812]
Closing date for applications is May 21, 2017.