Aida Sadikh Badiane of the Universite Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar in Senegal will use a metabolomics platform to identify cervicovaginal metabolites and inflammatory mediators associated with high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which cause the majority of cervical cancer cases, in Senegalese women. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women in sub-Saharan Africa. Metabolic and immune markers could enable more effective diagnoses for these diseases than the current methods used in low-resource settings. They will perform a prospective, cross-sectional study on a cohort of 385 women using an untargeted metabolomics platform to identify molecules within the cervicovaginal microenvironment that are predictive of infection and cancer risk. They will also use Luminex assays to evaluate inflammatory molecules and other markers associated with infection, and sequence the L1-HPV gene in the samples to better track the genotypes in Senegal.
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