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Belén Saavedra

Belén Saavedra

Predoctoral Fellow VIH / SIDA

Belén Saavedra is a pharmacist graduated from the University Complutense de Madrid (UCM). She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Analysis. Subsequently, she specialised in Clinical Microbiology and Parasitology at the Hospital Clinico San Carlos (Madrid).

In 2016, She joined the group of Tuberculosis at Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça (CISM) as research coordinator in the laboratory area.

Currently, she is doing her PhD in TB-molecular epidemiology at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal).

Lines of Research

  • Molecular epidemiology of Tuberculosis in Mozambique
  • Multidrug-resistant TB
  • Development of new tools against tuberculosis (new diagnostic tests, drug clinical trials)

Main Publications

  • Valencia S, Respeito D, Blanco S, Ribeiro RM, López-Varela E, Sequera VG, Saavedra B, Mambuque E, Morillo MG, Bulo H, Cobelens F, Macete E, Alonso PL, Caminero JA, García-Basteiro AL. Tuberculosis drug resistance in Southern Mozambique: results of a population-level survey in the district of Manhiça. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2017 Apr 1;21(4):446-451. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.16.0694. PubMedPMID: 28284261.
  • García-Basteiro AL, Saavedra B, Cobelens F. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Next-Generation Xpert Mtb/Rif®) Ultra Test for Tuberculosis Diagnosis. Arch Bronconeumol. 2017 Jul 10. doi: S0300-2896(17)30172-2. doi:10.1016/j.arbres.2017.05.023. [Epub ahead of print] English, Spanish. PubMed PMID: 28705388.
  • García-Basteiro AL, Mambuque E, den Hertog A, Saavedra B, Cuamba I, Oliveras L, Blanco S, Bulo H, Brew J, Cuevas LE, Cobelens F, Nhabomba A, Anthony R. IP-10 Kinetics in the First Week of Therapy are Strongly Associated with Bacteriological Confirmation of Tuberculosis Diagnosis in HIV-Infected Patients. Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 30;7(1):14302. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-13785-3. PubMed PMID: 29084992; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5662651.
  • AL Garcia-Basteiro, A. Dinardo, B. Saavedra, D.R. Silvae, D. Palmerof, G. Medea, G.B. Migliori, R. Duartei, j, E. Mambuque, R. Centis, L.E. Cuevas, S Izco, G. Theron. Review Point of care diagnostic for Tuberculosis Rev Port Pneumol (2006). 2018 Feb 14. pii: S2173-5115(17)30183-5. doi:10.1016/j.rppnen.2017.12.002.
  • Beyon F. Theron G, Respeito D, Mambuque E, Saavedra B, Bulo H, Sanz S, Dheda K, Garcia-Basteiro AL "Correlation of Xpert MTB/RIF with measures to assess Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacillary burden in high HIV burden areas of Southern Africa" Sci Rep. 2018 Mar 26;8(1):5201. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-23066-2. PubMed PMID: 29581435; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5980110.