Development of novel point-of-care diagnostics tests and surveillance tools

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Future
Department
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor James Beeson Personal web page
Dr Philippe Boeuf Personal web page

Project Details

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.

For all queries please contact Arzum, arzum.cubuk@burnet.edu.au

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the supervisor to discuss your options.

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Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes



Key Contact

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Department

Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital