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Improving Eye Health in Patients with Cryptococcal Meningitis & Systemic CMV Infection

Key Contact: Sandra R. Montezuma | Visit Activity Website

Activity Dates: June 2017 to June 2018

Country(ies): Uganda

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Activity Description

We propose a nested prospective cohort study within the existing cryptococcal meningitis clinical research program at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. The study aims to characterize ophthalmic complications in this unique patient population and assess if eye findings, specifically cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis and papilloedema, can be used to inform management of cryptococcal meningitis. We will use this formative study as an opportunity to assess feasibility of a smartphone-based indirect ophthalmoscope/camera system for future tele-ophthalmology applications.

Activity Types


Academic Health Center Units

Medical School
     Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences

Other Academic Health Center Units
     Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR)

Other Collaborators

Simon Arunga, Mbarara University of Science & Technology
David Boulware, UMN Medical School
Conrad K. Muzoora, Mbarara University of Science & Technology

Partner Organizations

Mbarara University of Science & Technology


University of Minnesota AHC Global Health Seed Grant (via Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility)

Activity Topics

Infectious Disease