Dr Francesca Conradie is a joint appointee of Right to Care and the Clinical HIV Research Unit (CHRU). She is appointed as Right to Care’s Clinical Advisor to Sizwe Hospital, a hospital for the treatment of multidrug resistant TB. She is charged with the integration of HIV and TB services at this site.
Francesca obtained her MBBCh from Wits University in 1988. She was involved in general practice until she joined CHRU in 2000. Since then she has obtained a Diploma in HIV Management; a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; and a Higher Diploma in Epidemiology (from the University of London). She is currently studying for her MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Dr Conradie joined CHRU as a sub-investigator. She has since been the principal investigator on a number of trials. She worked in the HIV clinic at Helen Joseph Hospital from 2001 until 2005. In that time, she participated in the start of the ARV rollout. She has gained extensive experience in ARV therapy and its complications, and in opportunistic infections.
She assisted with the writing CIPRA protocol and was involved in the implementation of this project at the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU). In 2005, she was appointed Project Leader of CIPRA Project 1. She also led other ACTG trials (5208 and 5207). She is the site leader for HPTN 052. In 2005, Francesca was promoted to Deputy Director of CHRU.
Francesca frequently lectures for Right to Care, the Foundation for Professional Development, and other institutions. She has authored and co-authored many journal articles and abstracts. She assisted with the writing of the Southern African HIV Clinicians’ Society guidelines for antiretroviral therapy in adults in 2008, and is leading the Society’s development of guidelines for antiretroviral drug resistance testing.
Francesca is a member of the Human Research and Ethics Committee of Wits University.