Our Core Research Partners


Diagnostics Research & Training in Zambia

Who we are and what we do

HerpeZ is a not-for-profit medical research organisation in Zambia founded in 2012 by Dr Matthew Bates (PhD) and Dr Kunda Musonda (MBChB, PhD). We are based at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia, and we are interested in a range of infectious disease threats which are important causes of morbidity and mortality, for which current diagnostic and therapeutic strategies are inadequate. Our goal is to generate knowledge that informs on improved diagnostic or treatment strategies, resulting in better outcomes and saving lives.

Martin Mutale, Nyaxewo Mwaanza, John Tembo, Monica Kapasa, Matthew Bates, Lophina Chilukutu

Where we do it

The University Teaching Hospital receives patients from a network of roughly 20 community clinics and from district and regional hospitals across the country. We are based in the Dept. of Paediatrics & Child Health but we also work with the departments of Internal Medicine, Pathology & Microbiology and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. We collaborate with faculty from both the University of Zambia School of Medicine and University of Zambia School of Veterinary Medicine and also from the Zambian Ministry of Health. We share a well equipped research laboratory within the hospital and also work closely with the Bacteriology, Virology and BSL3 TB labs.

Paediatric nursing staff, mothers and their children taking part in our CMV Load study

Latest News

EMPIRICAL Kick-Off Meeting, Lusaka, Zambia, 19th/20th Feb 2019. Many thanks everyone for a very successful launch! 

EMPIRICAL sub-study meeting in Blantrye, Malawi, during Jan 2019, was a great opportunity to meet key members of the EMPIRICAL consortium: Many thanks to Pui Ying Iroh Tam for hosting us, along with her colleagues (Henry Mwandumba, Marc Henrion, Kondwani Jambo, Markus Gmeiner, Emmie Mbale and Andreas Hansmann), all from Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome. And a special thanks to the study leads, Pablo Rojo and Cinta Moraleda from Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid. We look forward to seeing all partners in Zambia in February, for the official EMPIRICAL kick-off meeting hosted by HerpeZ. Finally, a huge thanks to Mark Schleiss (Minnesota) and Sarah Rowland-Jones (Oxford) for making the effort to fly down to Malawi for this meeting, and thrilling us with your expertise and experience of working on CMV and immunology in young infants.

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