Development of novel point-of-care diagnostics tests and surveillance tools
- Research Opportunity
- PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
- Project Status
- Medicine and Radiology
- Royal Melbourne Hospital
|Professor James Beeson||Personal web page|
|Dr Philippe Boeuf||Personal web page|
There is an urgent need for diagnostic and surveillance tests that could be used in resource-poor settings. These include vaccine antibody testing (malaria, measles, HBV, pneumonia and others) to assess vaccine coverage in populations, and sero-surveillance tools for monitoring and tracking major infectious diseases.
The limited resources and health care infrastructure in many disease-endemic countries means that tools for evaluating the vaccine status of patients, vaccine coverage in populations and for disease surveillance need to be simple to perform without a requirement for laboratory facilities or advanced equipment. The tests need to be being semi-quantitative, have a long shelf-life, stable for periods at ambient temperature, and easy to perform and interpret to ensure their suitability to the specific conditions to resource-poor settings. This project will work towards the development of novel semi-quantitative point-of-care rapid tests and investigate different approaches to improve sensitivity and quantitation.
This will build on Burnet's extensive expertise in diagnostic test development and strong links to communities that experience a high burden of disease and have an urgent need for new point-of-care tests. The development of new low cost point-of-care tests for major diseases would facilitate major advances in disease control in resource-limited settings.
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Faculty Research Themes
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