Dean's Distinguished Lecture, August

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  • McCusker Auditorium, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, QEII Medical Centre
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  • 20 August 2019, 12.30-1.30pm

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  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


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Hear from Professor Mark Nicol from UWA's School of Biomedical Sciences on the topic 'The pitfalls of diagnostics for infectious diseases: lessons from tuberculosis.' 


Tuberculosis remains the single most common cause of death due to infectious disease worldwide. The past decade has seen a revolution in diagnostics for tuberculosis, including both highly sophisticated molecular tests as well as point-of-care strip tests. However, use of these new tests remains controversial. Why is this, and what lessons can we draw from these experiences for diagnostic testing more broadly?


Professor Mark Nicol is a medical microbiologist who is based in the Division of Infection and Immunity within the School of Biomedical Sciences. He also holds an honorary appointment at the University of Cape Town. He studied medicine and medical microbiology at the University of the Witwatersrand and completed his PhD in childhood tuberculosis in Cape Town.


His group has conducted a program of research on novel TB diagnostic tests, spanning the full pipeline of diagnostic research. This has included working with assay developers on prototype evaluation and iterative improvement, diagnostic accuracy evaluation, phase III trials of impact and post-implementation research. His group has led or been a key participant in the evaluation of almost every new TB diagnostic over the past decade and has been cited in many WHO policies for TB diagnosis over this period.