Recent Activities - 2020

NRL Scientific Consulting and Training: NRL Supports the South East Asia Laboratory Strengthening Project

06 Aug 2020

NRL, along with Integrated Quality Laboratory Services, are part of a Consortium led by the Mérieux Foundation authorised to reinforce national health systems in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.  The South East Asia Laboratory Strengthening (SEALAB) project leverages upon the One Health approach to support and strengthen human and animal health laboratory capacity to detect and respond to emerging infectious disease outbreaks which are potentially pandemic and/or zoonotic threats. 

NRL Scientific Consulting and Training: NRL Contributes to the Strengthening of HIV Testing in Myanmar

28 Jul 2020

With funding from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and through a cooperative agreement between ICAP at Columbia University (ICAP) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NRL is supporting the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports to develop, implement, and monitor the provision of high-quality HIV testing services, to achieve the 95-95-95 targets amongst all populations by 2030.  As part of these efforts, NRL staff member Sandy Walker conducted two virtual training programs for approximately 90 participants from the National Health Laboratory (NHL), the National AIDS Program (NAP), and 17 state and regional hospitals.  The first training session was held from 29 to 30 July, and covered the theory on HIV Confirmatory Testing in Myanmar.

NRL Scientific Consulting and Training: Supporting HIV Testing in Myanmar

31 Mar 2020

Myanmar continues to strive towards the development and sustainability of effective and high quality laboratory systems, to support progress towards 90-90-90 targets by 2020, as a milestone for further achievement of 95-95-95 targets by 2030.

NRL Joins Victorian COVID-19 Response

04 Mar 2020

NRL, a division of the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, has joined the Burnet and Doherty Institutes in supporting the Victorian State Government response to COVID-19, focusing on the development of new diagnostic technologies, clinical research and strengthening the public health response.  Funded by Victorian State Government $6 million funding pool, NRL will develop a biorepository of well-characterised samples as well as antibody reference and confirmatory tests to evaluate new diagnostic assays, including rapid point of care tests, as they become available.

ACH2 Grant Awarded for the Validation of VL-PlasmaA® Device for use in HTLV Proviral Load and Antibody Testing

27 Feb 2020

NRL Principal Scientist A/Prof Rosemary Ffrench and collaborators from the Burnet, Baker and Peter Doherty Institutes were successful in their application for an ACH2 grant for the: Validation of VL-Plasma® device for use in HTLV proviral load and antibody testing. This study, which commenced in January 2020, will use the VL-Plasma device developed by A/Prof David Anderson and his team at the Global Health Diagnostic Development Laboratory at the Burnet Institute

NRL bids farewell to Dr Thein Thein Aye

29 Jan 2020

It was with great sadness that we said farewell in January to Dr Thein Thein Aye after more than twenty years as a loyal and longstanding member of staff. We took the opportunity to celebrate her contribution and welcomed NRL’s previous Directors Dr Liz Dax and Sue Best and other former NRL staff to join us for the occasion. We celebrated Thein Thein’s generous spirit and her can-do attitude and recognised the selfless service and the strong commitment she has demonstrated to the mission of NRL.

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