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Working with PSI on at-scale implementation of HIV self-tests

Dr Valérian Turbé, UCL

My mobility fellowship was a seven week placement with Population Services International (PSI) in Myanmar. The project I work on was focused on the introduction of HIV self-testing to the country. The project also aimed at forging links between i-sense and an NGO with experience in fieldwork and large scale implementation past the research stage. 

Empowering new leaders in Uganda 

Dr Polina Brangel, UCL

After a successful first workshop in 2015, we ran the second in a series of workshops conducted at the Uganda Virus Research Institute. The programme was designed with the aim to empower, train and teach participants about the technology used in rapid diagnostic tests for viral infectious diseases. 

Science in sunny Sydney

Dr Lucia Massi, Imperial 

My Mobility Fellowship was a five-week placement at the Centre for Advanced Macro-molecular Design at the University of NSW (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. The main aim of the placement was the acquisition of polymer chemistry skills for the development of an enzyme responsive polymer-based platform for enabling earlier HIV detection, thereby finding a way around the need to store the enzymatic components long-term in adverse conditions.

Testing our tiny tech

By Ben Miller, UCL

My Mobility Fellowship aimed to increase the sensitivity of gold nanoparticle (AuNP) and fluorescence-based microfluidic paper analytical devices (μPADs), exploring paper membrane transparency, nanoparticle selection, and readout methods. The project formed links between the McKendry (UCL) and Ozcan (UCLA) groups with the aim of future collaboration on optical device design.