Pulmonary function in HIV infection in an urban African setting
HIV infection is becoming a chronic disease due to the successful roll-out of antiretroviral treatment. People with HIV are aging, and as a result it is expected that HIV-infected populations will experience non-communicable diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes. Besides, HIV may result in a worsening of lung function with aging.
Aim research project
This project aims to get insight into the prevalence of abnormal pulmonary function in an HIV infected population including determinants of abnormal pulmonary function like a history of a tuberculosis, smoking, environmental and occupational exposure.
We are looking for students who want to participate in data collection as part of their research internship.
Data collection will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The study has been set up and approved and is expected to start around November 2019.
For data collection a questionnaire will be taken and some test, including a pulmonary function test, will be obtained. We expect you to actively participate in data collection.
Experience in hands-on research and day-to-day logistics, experience with data analysis, either by analysis of existing data or data that are collected in this project (depending on the timelines), a scientific report, with the possibility to publish it in a peer-reviewed journal.
- Being able to work independently
- Profile: flexibility, enthusiasm, hard worker
- Experience abroad is not necessary, but advantageous in case of multiple applicants
- Willingness to spend at least 4 months abroad
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