Diagnostics

Many people and animals remain untreated for infectious diseases because of a lack of accurate, affordable and available diagnostic tests. The Institute is undertaking research to develop new diagnostic tests for diseases of humans and animals, as well as improving existing diagnostic tests.

Highlights of our research include:

Progress in diagnostics biomarker research

We are developing new rapid diagnostic tests to identify patients with bacterial meningitis, and to investigae antibiotic use in children hospitalised with infections. Read more...


CT scan imageMajor new global brain infections project launched

Funding has been secured from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to improve the management of devastating brain infections in low and middle income countries. Read more...


New pen-side test for liver fluke in development

Liver fluke is a common parasite which is growing in prevalence across the UK. We are currently developing a pen-side test based around lateral flow technology which could soon be made available to farmers for use on their farms. Read more...


 Image of larvaeRapid diagnosis of onchocerciasis using urinary biomarkers

River blindness is a parasitic disease affecting 17 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. We are working to radically improve the diagnosis by testing for the presence of adult worms using a patient's urine sample. Read more...


 Women’s Improvement of Sexual and reproductive Health (‌WISH)

We are conducting research to examine the feasability of point-of-care diagnostic tests for women in Rwanda. Read more here...