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m-Africa workshop

On the 12 & 13 December, the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) hosted the m-Africa workshop in Durban. The project is a two-year Medical Research Council GCRF Foundation Award that started in April 2017. m-Africa has allowed researchers from University College London, Imperial College London, and AHRI to work together to evaluate the feasibility of introducing mobile phone-connected tools to improve access to HIV testing, as well as linkage to care, in KwaZulu-Natal.

i-sense Patient and Public Involvement

With the help of a Patient Public Involvement Starter Grant from the NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, Dr Harriet Gliddon, an i-sense Postdoc in the McKendry group, held a consultation with people who are living with HIV to understand how i-sense research developing a rapid test for HIV viral load could be used by individuals in the home and link them to digital healthcare systems.

Collaboration with Twist Dx

TwistDx Ltd, based in Cambridge UK, has developed an isothermal DNA amplification technology, Recombinase Polymerase Amplification (RPA), which offers PCR-like sensitivity within 10 minutes of reaction time. RPA is easy to operate using pre-formulated stable reagents, needs minimal sample processing and requires no thermocycler. RPA products can be detected by methods including electrophoresis, lateral flow strips or real-time fluorescence.