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Comparing FibroScan Results in patient coinfected with HIV and Hepatitis C undergoing Hepatitis C treatment
University of British Columbia
Department of Infectious Disease
Dr. Brian Conway
Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Description: HepC is a chronic liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. It is estimated that there is 220,000 people infected with HCV in Canada. Of these patients, 13,000 patients are also con-infected with HIV. Currently, injection drug use is the main mode of HCV transmission. Treatment of HIV has been significantly improved since the 1990s. HIV patients can now achieve undetectable viral load in proper treatment was administered. Recently, HepC treatment has improved dramatically as well. Patients no longer need to be placed on interferon regime and has significantly shorter treatment duration (48 weeks vs 12 weeks now). The use of FibroScan to detect liver fibrosis has also helped the management of this disease as patients no longer require to undergo invasive liver biopsy Aim: The aim of the project is to compare different treatment of HepC in co-infected HIV/HCV patients with regard to their effects on liver fibrosis using FibroScan results. Techniques: Basic statistics, clinical data collection (chart review, publication review), standardized questionnaires.
What is the aim of the project?
The aim of the project is to compare different treatment of HepC in co-infected HIV/HCV patients with regard to their effects on liver fibrosis using FibroScan results.
What techniques and methods are used?
Basic statistics, clinical data collection (chart review, publication review), standardized questionnaires.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Students will be: 1) Collecting clinical data through patient interviews and patient chart review 2) Interpret clinical data by reviewing charts 3) Analyzing clinical data by using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets 4) Administering questionnaires to patients 5) Potentially performing/interpret results of FibroScan
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Yes, preliminary readings, seminars.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a poster - The student will prepare a presentation - The student will prepare a scientific report - The student will prepare an abstract
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Students should demonstrate good communication skills and basic statistical knowledge in order to conduct data analysis.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students
- Mark Hull; Stephen Shafran; Alex Wong; Alice Tseng; Pierre Gigu
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