Our ongoing project TriageTB builds on research conducted in two previous EDCTP-funded studies, AE-TBC and ScreenTB. All three projects have focused on investigating the use of host biosignatures to develop a point-of-care triage test for the diagnosis of active tuberculosis (TB). Such a test is now being field-validated by the TriageTB consortium.
In the context of the three projects, many consortium members have been collaborating for over a decade. We have had the pleasure of working with this team of talented and motivated researchers from across Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe in different capacities in AE-TBC, ScreenTB and TriageTB. Today, we are delighted to announce that the AE-TBC consortium received the Outstanding Research Team Prize at the virtual EDCTP Forum 2021.
Each year, the EDCTP awards the prize to outstanding research teams in Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe working on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and neglected infectious diseases (NID) in the scope of the EDCTP2 Programme.
“The award means a lot to us because it acknowledges the hard work all the project partners did over many years. I think the success of AE-TBC shows that African institutions can lead international research effectively, that long-term relationship between individuals in different institutions across the globe, and in this case across Africa, is very important,” says Prof Gerhard Walzl of Stellenbosch University, Coordinator of AE-TBC, ScreenTB and TriageTB in a video by the EDCTP.
Watch the 3-minute video for a rundown of AE-TBC project and what this prize means for all collaborators below.