Lovett Lawson

Principal Investigator: HIV-TB in One

Lovett Lawson currently holds the position of Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine, Bingham University, Dept. of Community Medicine and Primary Healthcare, Karu, Nassarawa State, Nigeria. Previously he was the founder and Medical Director of the Zankli Medical Centre, FCT Abuja, Nigeria.

Lovett has strong links with the National and the FCT tuberculosis control programmes and for more than a decade havs participated in the development and implementation of the DOTS TB programme and diagnostic services for poor populations and contributed to numerous technical working groups nationally and in the African Region.

In 2003 he established in a TB diagnostic research laboratory, which over the years has supported research on TB diagnostics and was involved in the national surveys on TB prevalence and drug resistance.  He has hosted and led a large number of research projects and been part of large multi-centre and multi-country research projects on TB, sickle cell and salmonella, among others. 

This research has led to over 30 peer reviewed publications in international journals and has contributed to changes of the World Health Organization policies.

Recent publications: 

Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex genotypes circulating in Nigeria based on spoligotyping obtained from Ziehl-elsen stained slides extracted DNA. Molina-Moya B, Gomgnimbou MK, Spinasse L, Obasanya J, Oladimeji O, Dacombe R, Edwards T, Daragon XO, Lawson L, Abdurrahman ST, Cuevas LE, Dominguez J, Sola C.  PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018 Feb 15;12(2):e0006242. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0006242. eCollection 2018 Feb.

Tuberculosis and diabetes in Nigerian patients with and without HIV. Lawson L, Muc M, Oladimeji O, Iweha C, Opoola B, Abdurhaman ST, Bimba JS, Cuevas LE. Int J Infect Dis. 2017 Aug;61:121-125. 
doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2017.06.014. Epub 2017 Jun 23.

FluoroType MTB system for the detection of pulmonary tuberculosis.Obasanya J, Lawson L, Edwards T, Olanrewaju O, Madukaji L, Dacombe R, Dominguez J, Molina-Moya B, Adams ER, Cuevas LE. ERJ Open Res. 2017 May 8;3(2). pii: 00113-2016. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00113-2016. eCollection 2017 Apr.

Patients direct costs to undergo TB diagnosis. de Cuevas RM, Lawson L, Al-Sonboli N, Al-Aghbari N, Arbide I, Sherchand JB, Nnamdi EE, Aseffa A, Yassin MA, Abdurrahman ST, Obasanya J, Olanrewaju O, Datiko D, Theobald SJ, Ramsay A, Squire SB, Cuevas LE. Infect Dis Poverty. 2016 Mar 24;5:24. doi: 10.1186/s40249-016-0117-x.

Genetic diversity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex strains isolated from patients with pulmonary tuberculosis in Anambra State, Nigeria. Uzoewulu GN, Lawson L, Nnanna IS, Rastogi N, Goyal M. Int J Mycobacteriol. 2016 Mar;5(1):74-9.  doi: 10.1016/j.ijmyco.2015.06.008. Epub 2015 Jul 29.