The University of Mysore has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with McMaster University of Canada and has entered an international research collaboration with the Canadian Varsity under Grand Canada Challenges for the project titled ‘Fast, Affordable, Easy to Use TB and MDRTB Handheld Tester for Use in Poor Resource Settings.’

The Principal Investigators of this grant are Dr. Leyla Soleymani, Dept. of Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada and Prof. N.B. Ramachandra, Coordinator for M.Sc Genetics, Department of Studies in Zoology, University of Mysore, along with Co-investigators Dr. R.S.Gupta, Dept. of Biochemistry, McMaster University, Canada and Prof. M.N.Sumana, Dept. of Microbiology, JSS Medical College, JSS University, Mysore.

Dr. Soleymani handed over a part of the $100,000 to Mysore University VC Prof. K.S. Rangappa recently as the first year grant to conduct the pilot experiment, following which $ 1 million will be sanctioned for the next three years.

Tuberculosis (TB) causes 1.45 million deaths a year worldwide and 1000 deaths every day in India. TB and its variants, such as Multi Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) and Extensive Drug Resistant TB (XDR-TB) significantly complicate TB treatment and control.

The project aims to develop an innovative handheld, automated, battery-operated tester, delivering a rapid diagnosis in an hour of all TB variations at patients’ bedside, enabling appropriate, immediate and patient-centered intervention.

Dr. Soleymani’s US patented ultrasensitive, highly-specific, electronic microchip will form the basis of the TB-Microtest which will address this global health challenge by providing rapid, cost-effective and accurate diagnosis of all TB variants to the world’s poorest communities, where the lack of diagnostic tools results in very low case detection. The TB-Microtest will be the first of its kind which will revolutionise the diagnosis of TB.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore