Zankli Research Centre

Prof. Lovett
Prof. Lovett Lawson
Director, Zankli Research Centre

The Zankli Research Centre, is a well-furnished tuberculosis research laboratory with state of the earth equipment with the ability to perform TB diagnoses. The centre has a staff strength of 15 people under the leadership of Prof. Lovett Lawson, a Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine, who is the centre's Director.

The research centre currently provides clinical diagnostic testing services for patients suspected to have Tuberculosis and Bacteraemia, including typhoid fever in accordance with the principles of good clinical laboratory practice. The laboratory conducts research in the areas of infectious diseases and enjoys collaboration with reputable national and internation institutions including the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). It is supported by IHVN and KNCV through global fund.

The centre was the first to have a laboratory for diagnosis of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (DRTB) in Nigeria and became the laboratory used by the National TB and Leprosy Control programme (NTBLCP) for the diagnosis of DRTB within central states of Nigeria using solid and liquid culture.

Zankli Research Centre currently runs two research grants in collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). These include:

  1. The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).This is tagged "A one stop shop for the same day diagnosis and mangement of TB and HIV".
  2. Tuberculosis research wave 5, titled "increasing TB detection and treatment of the poor population by engaging Patent Medicine Vendors in Nigeria (PMVs)".

Furthermore, as a result of the memorandum of understanding the centre signed with the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), it is currently being used as a training facility for laboratory personnel on culture Genexpert and Microscopy of Nasarawa State health staff.

The centre also avails its laboratory to local and international Masters and Ph.D. students for their bench work. The centre has the overall goal to develop into a centre of excellence for research on tropical diseases in the West African Sub-region.