ND, U.S. Navy Collaborate on Tool to Diagnose Infectious Diseases

Arnie Phifer | December 18, 2014 

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Researchers from the University of Notre Dame and the Naval Medical Research Center have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to collaborate on the engineering and application of a new field-deployable sensor for the detection of infectious disease pathogens, with initial focus on the detection of dengue fever.

“Our goal is to develop and evaluate a novel sensing platform that can be used to detect the RNA of infectious agents in patient samples during viral infection,” said Sunny Shah, Senior Scientist at Notre Dame and one of the project’s principal investigators. “Though the project addresses a problem of high military relevance, this research could have broad benefit for civilians as well.”
 
“Historically, among troops deployed to tropical areas, infectious diseases cause more casualties than enemy fire,” explained Shuenn-Jue Wu, Senior Scientist at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC). “This kind of sensor could provide critical information and enable rapid response during an emerging infectious disease outbreak or a bioterrorism event.”
 
“By working cooperatively, we can leverage the extensive operational and scientific expertise of NMRC scientists with the valuable platform development expertise at Notre Dame.”

Read more at Notre Dame Precision Medicine.

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