Detailed Investigation of the Humoral Immune Response to HCV to identify Diagnostic and Prognostic Serological Markers [ 2007 - 2009 ]

Also known as: Characterisation of the Immune Response to Hepatitis C Virus

Research Grant

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Researchers: Dr Kim Wilson (Principal investigator) ,  Prof Gregory Dore

Brief description The prevalence of Hepatitis C in Australia has been estimated at 242 000 people with 80% of infections acquired as a result of infection drug use. The currently available assays can be used to reliably determine the prevalence of Hepatitis C infection but provide no information regarding the incidence of infection. By thoroughly investigating the immune response generated by individuals infected with Hepatitis C we intend to identify interactions which can be used to differientiate between the different stages of infection. The expected outcomes of this study include the identification of a marker of recent Hepatitis C infection. This will permit accurate epidemiological monitoring of Hepatitis C, better design of programs to control the spread, trace outbreaks and manage treatment programs. The identification of a marker capable of predicting the clinical outcome of infection would be invaluable to clinicians, because following acute infection with Hepatitis C, 20 to 30% of individuals will resolve their infection without the need for therapeutic intervention. The information obtained in this study will also lead to a better interpretation of diagnostic laboratory findings, improving our ability to provide clear and accurate reports to blood donors and consequently enhance the Australian blood supply in terms of safety and donor retention.

Funding Amount $AUD 387,466.71

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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