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BDU HAS SIGNED A MOU WITH LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY

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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.

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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.

 

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