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Call Senior Fellowship (SF)
Programme EDCTP1
Start Date 2005-01-01
End Date 2008-09-28
Project Code TA.2004.40200.001
Status Completed


Development and evaluation of high throughput, cheap and reliable assays for monitoring HIV-1 and HIV-2 viral loads in ARV programmes and clinical trials in developing countries


To develop robust and affordable in-house virus load assays for quantifying HIV-1 and HIV-2 RNA in the blood of an infected individual; with similar sensitivity, specificity, and reproducibility to currently available commercial HIV viral load assays. A secondary objective is to train scientists in the West Africa sub-region to encourage a wider use of the assay

Host Organisation

Institution Country
Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratories Gambia


Name Institution Country
Steve Kaye Gambia
Samuel McConkey Gambia

Study Design

Laboratory assay development and validation

Results & Outcomes

The project produced a locally validated HIV viral load assay. 10 scientists from West Africa and 9 from Eastern Africa were trained in the course.

Current Organisation

Center of Medical Research Lambaréné (CERMEL)

Current Job Title

Senior Biologist

Areas Of Specialisation

Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) Tuberculosis (TB)


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