New research from i-sense members at UCL, in collaboration with the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), looks at ways data visualisation can help population surveillance sites better utilise and understand the large amounts of data they collect for disease surveillance.
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.
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.
i-sense researchers at UCL and Imperial are working on a number of projects in collaboration with Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) to develop and implement diagnostic tools and technologies for those hardest hit by HIV.
Last week, Professor of Biomedical Nanotechnology at UCL and Director of i-sense, Professor Rachel McKendry, and Research Director for Biomedical Materials at Imperial and i-sense Deputy Director, Professor Molly Stevens, visited our collaborators at the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI).
i-sense members from the McKendry group at UCL and the Peeling group at LSHTM attended the week-long Advanced Course on Diagnostics (ACDx), which took place at the Fondation Merieux Centre for Global Health in Annecy.
This August, i-sense researchers asked festival goers at Greenman Festival to help us contain a mysterious outbreak that is turning people into Llamas!