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Global Health and Point-of-Care (POC) Diagnosis: Importance of Isothermal Techniques

From the 2019 Joint Annual Meeting (June 26, 2019)
Presented by Nilanjan Lodh, PhD, M.Sc.
The global burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) caused mainly by parasites effects the world’s poor disproportionately. Major diagnostic tests to identify infected patients and monitor the impact of mass drug administration (MDA) programs are not sensitive and specific. A highly-sensitive diagnostic method using species-specific DNA is needed.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the disease burden for schistosomiasis and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
  2. Identify the need for sensitive diagnostic tests for NTDs.
  3. Determine the sensitivity and specificity of molecular tests based on cell-free repeat fragment and noninvasive sample.

CE ACCREDITATION
This recorded presentation is P.A.C.E. ® accredited. The instruction level for this activity is Intermediate. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area General (Molecular Pathology) will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

LEVEL OF INSTRUCTION
This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.