Enhancing Hepatitis C testing and treatment in Pakistan

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The PhD student will lead academic outputs from the funded CHIME project (Conquering Hepatitis via Micro-Elimination) in partnership with Aga Khan University to implement Hepatitis C screening, diagnosis and treatment through a low-cost test-and-treat model in Pakistan. The aims of the project will be to: 1) Estimate HCV prevalence and determine factors associated with HCV infection; 2) Characterize linkage to treatment following HCV screening, including time course to DAA initiation, 3) Evaluate new HCV diagnostic technologies to enhance linkage to care. This information will inform large scale programs to eliminate hepatitis from highly endemic, low income countries.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

- Experience in clinical and implementation research in infectious diseases, preferably specialising in Hepatitis C.
- Expertise in biostatistics and epidemiological methods
- Research experience in clinical trials or diagnostic intervention studies
- Skills in manuscript writing
- Experience working with interdisciplinary teams, international and local agencies
Supervisory team
Gregory
Dore

Medicine
The Kirby Institute
Tanya
Applegate

Medicine
The Kirby Institute
Gail
Matthews

Medicine
The Kirby Institute
Tapplegate@kirby.unsw.edu.au