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Findings on HIV/AIDS Reported by Investigators at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences


2014 JAN 6 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Current study results on Immune System Diseases and Conditions have been published. According to news reporting originating in Bethesda, Maryland, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Malaria diagnostics are widely used in epidemiologic studies to investigate natural history of disease and in drug and vaccine clinical trials to exclude participants or evaluate efficacy. The Malaria Laboratory Network (MLN), managed by the Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination, is an international working group with mutual interests in malaria disease and diagnosis and in human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome clinical trials."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, "The MLN considered and studied the wide array of available malaria diagnostic tests for their suitability for screening trial participants and/or obtaining study endpoints for malaria clinical trials, including studies of HIV/malaria co-infection and other malaria natural history studies. The MLN provides recommendations on microscopy, rapid diagnostic tests, serologic tests, and molecular assays to guide selection of the most appropriate test(s) for specific research objectives. In addition, this report provides recommendations regarding quality management to ensure reproducibility across sites in clinical trials."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Performance evaluation, quality control, and external quality assessment are critical processes that must be implemented in all clinical trials using malaria tests."

For more information on this research see: Review Article: Malaria Diagnostics in Clinical Trials. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2013;89(5):824-839. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene can be contacted at: Amer Soc Trop Med & Hygiene, 8000 Westpark Dr, Ste 130, Mclean, VA 22101, USA (see also Immune System Diseases and Conditions).

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S.C. Murphy, Uniformed Services University for Health Science, Bethesda, MD 20814, United States. Additional authors for this research include J.P. Shott, S. Parikh, P. Etter, W.R. Prescott and V.A. Stewart.

Keywords for this news article include: Bethesda, Maryland, United States, Malaria Vaccines, Protozoan Vaccines, Protozoan Infections, North and Central America, Clinical Trials and Studies, Immune System Diseases and Conditions

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