MRC iCASE PhD studentship opportunity on modelling tuberculosis and the effect of diagnostic delays, with LSHTM and Public Health England

Tuberculosis (TB) is currently the leading cause of death from an infectious agent globally. Many TB control programmes worldwide aim to reduce the delay between symptom onset and treatment initiation. Early diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis cases after onset of symptoms is important for reducing tuberculosis incidence, as it reduces the duration of infectiousness and the number of people that are infected by each case. However, the impact of reducing the delay to treatment depends on several factors, including the infectiousness of cases, which are poorly understood.

This project will apply mathematical modelling to surveillance and molecular data from Public Heath England and elsewhere to understand the effect of patient and healthcare delays on the infectiousness of cases and the potential impact of reducing treatment delay. The work will help to
inform where interventions would best impact delay and will be important in influencing future interventions. The work will involve collaboration with colleagues in Public Health England, and funding is available to convert the studentship into a CASE studentship, with the opportunity for
a placement at Public Health England.

PhD position
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Public Health England
United Kingdom
Closing date
January 13th, 2019
Posted on
December 3rd, 2018 12:29
Last updated
December 3rd, 2018 12:29