Dr Barbara Burman, SANTHE Post-doctoral trainee based at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in Western Cape, South Africa, recently presented her research, “Data evaluation and CIPHER preparation for an HIV exposed uninfected (HEU) child cohort collaboration” at the CIPHER Global Cohort Collaboration meeting held in Baveno, Italy, from 3rd to 4th June.
The Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) works through a capacity-building approach, supporting the development of young investigators and building the evidence base in low-and-middle-income countries. The organisation is guided by a Scientific Technical and Advisory Committee (STAC) of experts in paediatric HIV and is designed to complement existing global initiatives and create partnerships to maximize investment in paediatric HIV research and improve paediatric health outcomes.
Burmen’s responsibility, under the supervision of Professor Mary-Ann Davies, UCT, is to map current HEU work, support HEU harmonisation and standardisation, and conduct a pilot study within CIPHER to test the feasibility of this model. As part of the first step towards the harmonisation of the HEU approach, Burmen presented proposed HEU and HUU definitions at the meeting. Next, she will be piloting these definitions using real-world data from the PHACS and IeDEA networks.