Team in Switzerland


Niklaus D. Labhardt (Principal Investigator of VIBRA trial and head of the research consortium)


Niklaus is a physician with clinical experience in internal medicine, tropical medicine, infectious diseases and paediatrics. He has extensive experience in planning and management of primary health care projects in sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Lesotho and Mali), and successful completion of several research projects as Principal Investigator in Cameroon and Lesotho. After 3 years living and working in Lesotho, Niklaus, his wife and their three daughters are back in Basel (Switzerland).

Tracy R. Glass (Principal Investigator of HOSENG trial)

portrait_TGTracy is a biostatistician with 16 years of experience in designing and analyzing clinical trials and epidemiological studies. Her focus lies on infectious diseases and causal modelling of observational data. She pursued her PhD in the application of marginal structural models to estimate causal effects of adherence on clinical outcomes in HIV infected individuals. Originally from Florida, she is now based with her family in Basel (Switzerland) and regularly travels to Tanzania and Lesotho to oversee research projects.

Thomas Klimkait (Laboratory Expertise for GET ON research project)


Professor Thomas is the Laboratory Head “Serology“ at Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel. He is a member of several scientific advisory committees for different companies (among others Gilead, ViiV, BMS) and academic institutions such as the Swiss HIV Cohort. Together with his team, he established (molecular) laboratories in Tanzania and Lesotho and still acts as advisor for these laboratories. Thomas grew up in Germany, but became addicted to Swiss chocolate.

Manuel Battegay (Study Chair of GET ON research project)


Professor Manuel leads the Division of Infectious Diseases & Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital of Basel. He has published over 400 research articles, obtained more than 55 research grants and held different internationally renowned positions, i.e. president of the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) and Coordinator of the 2017 European HIV/AIDS guidelines. Manuel’s unabated interest in infectious diseases – and HIV in particular – has followed him since his early days as a physician in the 90ies.

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