Improving Tuberculosis control in Indonesia; integrated molecular, clinical and public health research
Worldwide, tuberculosis remains one of the most important infectious diseases, affecting >11 million people and killing >1.5 million people each year. Indonesia ranks 3rd in the number of tuberculosis cases worldwide, and faces significant challenges in controlling the disease.
Radboud University has been collaborating for over 20 years with Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, and University of Indonesia, Jakarta, in infectious disease research. This collaboration has resulted in unique understanding of tuberculosis susceptibility, the synergy between diabetes mellitus and tuberculosis, meningitis as the most severe form of tuberculosis, and barriers in tuberculosis control in Indonesia. It has also helped improve policy related to tuberculosis in Indonesia, as well as laboratory diagnosis and tuberculosis treatment. Based on the research, 20 PhD theses (13 focussing on tuberculosis) have been completed, and six PhD projects (4 on tuberculosis) are ongoing, which has contributed significantly to institutional and individual academic development.
In this session we will give a brief overview of the collaborative TB research, with examples of ongoing research projects, and opportunities for MSc and PhD students, and a discussion of some of the ‘lessons learned’ in this collaboration, aimed at students, university staff and others with an interest in TB or in academic collaboration.
- Bony Wiem Lestari – PhD candidate (Clinical studies / Public Health of TB)
- Raspati Koesoemadinata – PhD candidate (Clinical studies / Public Health of TB)
- Edwin Ardiansyah – PhD candidate (Molecular research at Radboud)
- Todia Pediatama – PhD candidate (Molecular research work at Radboud)
- Gerine Nijman – MSc student at Radboudumc
- Bachti Alisjahbana – infectious disease specialist and head of the infectious research center at Universitas Padjadjaran
- Reinout van Crevel – professor of Global Health and Infectious Diseases at Radboudumc and Honorary Professor at Oxford University and University of Indonesia, Jakarta