Indian-American student invited for TEDx talk in Pari

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Indian-American student invited for TEDx talk
in Paris
Washington, 4/26
An Indian-American student from the
prestigious Harvard University has been
invited for a talk at the TEDx in Paris next
month on an innovative hand held device for
diagnosis of malaria, a disease which in 2014
accounted for 438,000 deaths globally.
Aimed at diagnosis and treatment of this
dreaded disease, two Indian-American
undergraduate students at the Harvard
University — Neil Davey and Miraj Shah –
spent months working with two undergraduate
students in Peru, Marco Malaga and Fabricio
Espinoza, to design and develop a hand-held
point-of-care diagnostic for malaria.
The microfluidic device, named UniDx (short
for Universal Diagnostics), which was field
tested in the Peruvian Amazon where costly
lab equipment and expertise are lacking,
involves a simple, but sensitive process.
DNA from a small amount of blood is isolated
and subsequently injected into the device,
which encapsulates the DNA into individual
microfluidic drops; subsequently, if present
in an encapsulated drop, malaria-specific DNA
will be targeted and amplified, thereby
causing that drop to fluoresce.
Based on the findings and research so far,
TEDx has invited Dave for a talk in Paris on
May 20, a media release said.
After the talk, Dave and his team is headed
to India to transfer the technology of UniDx
for malaria and potentially other pathogenic
blood samples, with the hope that his device
can truly become the universal diagnostic of
infectious diseases.
The WHEELS Global Foundation this week
announced to fund Dave and his team USD
15,000 for this purpose which is being done
in collaboration with Prof. Debjani Paul of
the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai.
WHEELS Global Foundation is a non-profit
organisation dedicated to improving health
outcomes in India.
“An infectious disease-free world can only
exist if our medical approach moves from
curative to preventative, and the first step
to making that happen is early diagnosis.
UniDx can accomplish that with just a few
drops of blood, Dave said.

Indian-American student invited for TEDx talk  in Pari

Washington, 4/26

An Indian-American student from the

prestigious Harvard University has been

invited for a talk at the TEDx in Paris next

month on an innovative hand held device for

diagnosis of malaria, a disease which in 2014

accounted for 438,000 deaths globally.

Aimed at diagnosis and treatment of this

dreaded disease, two Indian-American

undergraduate students at the Harvard

University — Neil Davey and Miraj Shah –

spent months working with two undergraduate

students in Peru, Marco Malaga and Fabricio

Espinoza, to design and develop a hand-held

point-of-care diagnostic for malaria.

The microfluidic device, named UniDx (short

for Universal Diagnostics), which was field

tested in the Peruvian Amazon where costly

lab equipment and expertise are lacking,

involves a simple, but sensitive process.

DNA from a small amount of blood is isolated

and subsequently injected into the device,

which encapsulates the DNA into individual

microfluidic drops; subsequently, if present

in an encapsulated drop, malaria-specific DNA

will be targeted and amplified, thereby

causing that drop to fluoresce.

Based on the findings and research so far,

TEDx has invited Dave for a talk in Paris on

May 20, a media release said.

After the talk, Dave and his team is headed

to India to transfer the technology of UniDx

for malaria and potentially other pathogenic

blood samples, with the hope that his device

can truly become the universal diagnostic of

infectious diseases.

The WHEELS Global Foundation this week

announced to fund Dave and his team USD

15,000 for this purpose which is being done

in collaboration with Prof. Debjani Paul of

the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai.

WHEELS Global Foundation is a non-profit

organisation dedicated to improving health

outcomes in India.

“An infectious disease-free world can only

exist if our medical approach moves from

curative to preventative, and the first step

to making that happen is early diagnosis.

UniDx can accomplish that with just a few

drops of blood, Dave said.

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