The Central India Institute of Medical Sciences (CIIMS) and North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) have been working on the project entitled “Screening of human Brucellosis infection in Northeast using point of care Immunological and Molecular Tools” for the last 3 years.

This project was funded under the scheme of the Union Biotechnology department (DBT-NERBPMC).

During the project, the research teams of both the institutes studied the prevalence of Brucella in East Khasi Hills and the Ri Bhoi District population. This is the first study of its kind in this part of the world.

Brucella is a bacterial infection that spread from animals to people, mostly by unpasteurized dairy products.

The technology transfer ceremony was held on October 27 at NEHU, in the gracious presence of Vice-Chancellor Prabha Shankar Shukla and faculty members of NEHU and CIIMS officials.

CIIMS, Nagpur developed the LAMP PCR and a Rapid Lateral Flow Kit, a point of care, cost-effective and simple tests for the early diagnosis of Brucellosis.

The developed LAMP PCR molecular tool is a kind of PCR technique without the need of a machine and thus, can be useful in different fields of work and low research settings as indicated by Dr. Rajpal Singh Kashyap.

NEHU VC Prabha Shankar Shukla appreciated the collaborative work and congratulated both the research teams for the excellent research outcome.

He also mentioned that he will support this kind of research collaboration in the future that can lead to the development of technology that will ultimately be useful to society.

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