TRICHY: Bharathidasan University (BDU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lincoln Memorial University (LMU)-College of Veterinary Medicine, Harrogate, Tennessee, USA to develop early diagnosis of leptospirosis – one of the world’s most-spread zoonotic diseases that passes from an animal or insect to humans. LMU has provided a grant worth $40,000 to develop a biosensor-based diagnostic method as a point of care diagnosis for human and animal leptospirosis.
The MoU will facilitate collaborative joint research work between Natarajaseenivasan, department of microbiology, BDU and Ashutosh Verma, LMU College of Veterinary Medicine. Leptospirosis can rapidly develop into a severe, potentially fatal form with a high mortality rate.
Laboratory tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis and to initiate early treatment. The available diagnostics for leptospirosis are confined to specialized laboratories. Biosensor-based rapid diagnostic tests can be used for easy point-ofcare diagnosis and the study aims to evaluate their performance for leptospirosis. Vice-chancellor P Manisankar said that the collaboration would facilitate sharing of knowledge, research outputs, product development and patents.