This research was completed on 15 September 2004
|Project Leader||Dr T J Evans FRCP.|
|Location||Department of Infectious Diseases, ICSM, Hammersmith Hospital, London.|
|Grant awarded||7 March 2002|
|Start date||16 September 2002|
|End date||15 September 2004|
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