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Novel bronchitis test wins Grand Challenges Canada award

Published: November 21, 2013
Parameswaran Nair
Dr. Parameswaran Nair, associate professor, Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine; Canada Research Chair in Airway Inflammometry

A simple test for identifying bronchitis is being developed by a McMaster researcher for use in developing countries.

Dr. Parameswaran Nair has received a $100,000 grant for his work from the federal Grand Challenges Canada's global health care program. He is an associate professor of medicine of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, the Canada Research Chair in Airway Inflammometry and a respirologist at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.

Nair is developing a paper-based diagnostic test in sputum or phlegm to detect infective and allergic bronchitis in both adults and children. This may eliminate the need for sending tests to labs. He is working with John Brennan, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at McMaster.

"We've developed a very simple method to measure bronchitis by using a paper-based biosensor," said Nair. The test would allow patients to measure their own condition, and help identify the appropriate treatment using anti-inflammatory drugs or antibiotics.

The study will involve collaborators in India and Brazil.

The study is one of 83 projects announced today by Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), an agency dedicated to supporting bold ideas with big impact in global health. GCC supports innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada to find sustainable, long-term health care solutions.

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