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Innovative diagnostics


« Proper simple diagnostics »

ParaDev is currently developing a new, rapid test kit to diagnose Schistosomiasis in endemic areas.

In these areas where people are continuously exposed to the parasite. Because mass chemotherapy is the main strategy to fight against schistosomiasis, the identification of immunological traces of schistosome infection (i.e. specific antibodies directed against the parasite) cannot evidence active infection. Therefore, the serological methods of diagnosis (Western Blot, Elisa or HAI) seems inadequate for either monitoring and evaluation of control program or determining the interruption of transmission. Methods identifying active infections that aim at detecting either the DNA or the proteins of the pathogen are preferable to be developed.

Based on either urine  sampling ParaDev develops a versatile DNA detecting method diagnosing either S. mansoni or S. haematobium active infections.

You can help us to experience our test

ParaDev continues to prototype the diagnostic test in order to validate it in a real-life environment. If you think you could help us in this phase and would like to be part of the experiment, don’t hesitate to contact us.