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

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Researchers
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Number of Master Places Available
1
Department / Centre
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Burnet Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof James Beeson beeson@burnet.edu.au 9282 2111 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Assoc Prof David Anderson david.anderson@burnet.edu.au 9282 2111 Personal web page
Dr Herbert Opi herbert.opi@burnet.edu.au

Summary There is an urgent need for diagnostic and surveillance tests that could be used in clinical settings and rural and remote communities. This project will work towards the development of novel semi-quantitative rapid tests for assessing malaria exposure and transmission in communities

Project Details

There is an urgent need for diagnostic and surveillance tests that could be used in clinical care in resource-limited settings and rural and remote communities. These include tests for tracking major infectious diseases such as malaria and for evaluating vaccine coverage in populations.

Limited resources and health care infrastructure in many disease-endemic countries mean that tools for evaluating 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 semi-quantitative, have a long shelf life, be stable for periods at ambient temperature, and easy to perform and interpret to ensure their suitability for the specific conditions in resource-poor settings. The development of new low cost point-of-care tests for malaria would facilitate major advances in disease control in resource-limited settings.

This project will work towards the development of novel semi-quantitative point-of-care rapid tests for assessing malaria exposure and transmission in communities, and for assessing vaccine coverage in populations. 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 project will involve laboratory research to develop and evaluate different diagnostic test approaches.



Faculty Research Themes

Child Health, Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Women's Health



Research Opportunities

PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Researchers
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department / Centre

Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Burnet Institute

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