HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
New TB test scoops top prize at Medical Futures competition

An inexpensive and rapid test for tuberculosis (TB) which could be used in developing countries has won first place in the Best Innovation to Improve Global Healthcare category of the Medical Futures Innovation Awards. It also scooped the overall prize at the awards ceremony held last week in London.

The test, known as MODS (Microscopic Observation Drug Susceptible Assay) is able to confirm the presence of TB from sputum samples in one week on average, taking one third to one quarter of the time of a standard TB test. At the same time, the new test is able to spot if the TB is drug resistant which is five to ten times faster than existing tests. The test costs $2 to perform compared with around $30 to $40 for a standard test.

Dr David Moore, from Imperial College London, and the winner of the Award said: "This test can be carried out using cheap and readily available tools and requires relatively little training or expertise. This is particularly important in developing countries which may not have the infrastructure we take for granted in the developed world."

Each year around 8 million new cases of TB are diagnosed, and 1.7 million people die from TB, often as a result of delayed diagnosis and through not being able to spot if the TB is drug resistant.

Working with colleagues from Peru's National TB Programme, the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, AB PRISMA, and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the team realised many TB patients were dying unnecessarily largely due to an inability to cheaply and quickly diagnose TB. They have now completed proof of principle studies, evaluated the test in large-scale field trials, and are now looking at strategies for implementation and roll-out to optimize impact and cost-effectiveness.

Professor Jon Friedland, from Imperial College London, who helped develop the test, added: "TB is a major cause of mortality in the developing world, and eradicating it has been made d
'"/>

Contact: Tony Stephenson
at.stephenson@imperial.ac.uk
44-207-594-6712
Imperial College London
7-Nov-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Polish journalist scoops first prize in prestigious European award
2. Melbourne trailblazer scoops medical research award
3. MIT graduate student wins $30,000 Lemelson-MIT student prize for life-saving inventions
4. Top NIH prize goes to three pioneering Stanford scientists
5. Karolinska Institutet prize for innovations in medical pedagogics
6. UCI epilepsy researcher receives nations top neuroscience prize
7. Daniel Zheng wins SIAMs first prize at INTEL-ISEF
8. Penn Scientist receives first annual prize for scientific contributions to womens health
9. Karen Duff receives prestigious prize for Alzheimers research
10. MRI pioneer wins national physics prize
11. Cancer researcher Susan Horwitz wins Alpert prize for Taxol work

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: New test scoops top prize Medical Futures competition

(Date:4/17/2014)... PLOS Pathogens , children who live in regions of ... immune response to infection with malaria parasites that may ... and illness and partially control the growth of malaria ... develop future interventions that prevent or mitigate the disease ... 200 million cases of malaria occur worldwide, resulting in ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... Two recent papers by a University of Colorado ... scientists develop treatments or vaccines for Dengue fever, ... other disease-causing flaviviruses. , Jeffrey S. Kieft, PhD, ... the School of Medicine and an early career ... colleagues recently published articles in the scholarly journals ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... biology team has created a new technology for ... could travel the body and selectively target cancer ... biological devices that monitor and modify human physiology ... However, no existing technology enabled bioengineers to build ... and respond in a customized fashion. , "The ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... estimated that as many as 10 million older Americans ... loneliness and isolation. , However, new research a ... older Americans for six years found that Internet ... depression by more than 30 percent. , "That,s a ... University professor of telecommunication, information studies and media who ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... 17, 2014 By discovering a new mechanism that ... stroke, researchers at UC Irvine and the Salk Institute ... limit or prevent stroke-induced brain damage. , A complex ... of death and primary reason for disability in the ... stroke and lets blood-borne material into the brain, causing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Study sheds light on how the immune system protects children from malaria 2Health News:CU researchers discover target for treating dengue fever 2Health News:Building 'smart' cell-based therapies 2Health News:Internet use can help ward off depression among elderly 2Health News:Study IDs new cause of brain bleeding immediately after stroke 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... 2014  Zafgen, Inc., a leading biopharmaceutical company dedicated ... patients, today announced initial results from its Phase ... methionine aminopeptidase 2 (MetAP2), in patients with Prader-Willi ...  These results showed improvements in body weight, hunger-related ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... Mass. , Jan. 14, 2014 HeartWare ... leading innovator of less invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies ... today announced that it expects revenues for the fourth ... expected full-year 2013 revenues to approximately $208 million. ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... N.J. , Jan. 14, 2014 InformEx, ... and sellers of high-value chemistry, will hold the 30 th ... Miami Beach Convention Center from January 21-24. ... 3,500 attendees from top pharmaceutical, fine chemical and specialty chemical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Zafgen Announces Initial Results from Phase 2a Study of Beloranib in Patients with Prader-Willi Syndrome 2Zafgen Announces Initial Results from Phase 2a Study of Beloranib in Patients with Prader-Willi Syndrome 3Zafgen Announces Initial Results from Phase 2a Study of Beloranib in Patients with Prader-Willi Syndrome 4HeartWare International Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2013 Revenues 2HeartWare International Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2013 Revenues 3HeartWare International Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2013 Revenues 4Media Advisory: InformEx 2014 Events & Speaker Lineup for 30th Edition Conference in Miami Beach 2
Cached News: