Pathology-Based Research in Africa

Clin Lab Med. 2018 Mar;38(1):67-90. doi: 10.1016/j.cll.2017.10.006.


The process of conducting pathology research in Africa can be challenging. But the rewards in terms of knowledge gained, quality of collaborations, and impact on communities affected by infectious disease and cancer are great. This report reviews 3 different research efforts: fatal malaria in Malawi, mucosal immunity to HIV in South Africa, and cancer research in Uganda. What unifies them is the use of pathology-based approaches to answer vital questions, such as physiology, pathogenesis, predictors of clinical course, and diagnostic testing schemes.

Keywords: Burkitt lymphoma; Cancer; HIV/AIDS; Histopathology; Infectious disease; Malaria; Pathology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Africa
  • Biomedical Research*
  • Clinical Laboratory Services*
  • Developing Countries
  • Humans
  • Pathology, Clinical*