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2015 Innovator of the Year Award

By Daily Record Staff, September 30, 2015

Congratulations to Professor Chris D. Geddes at the Institute of Fluorescence (IoF) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who has recently been named a winner of the 2015 Innovator of the Year Award by The Daily Record.

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From The Baltimore Sun

Hopkins researchers develop quick, low-cost test for STD

By Christina Jedra, September 20, 2015
Photo by Lloyd Fox

"Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University have developed a low-cost diagnostic tool, slightly larger than a coffee mug, that detects chlamydia within 30 minutes.

Scientists hope the apparatus, unofficially called mobiLab, will improve screening for the common and often symptomless sexually transmitted disease that, if left untreated, can cause permanent damage to a woman's reproductive system and lead to fatal ectopic pregnancies.

The prototype, developed by researchers in the Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering, is made of a disposable cartridge for a genital swab sample and a heating unit that incubates the DNA to facilitate a reaction. The test results are delivered to and processed by a mobile app on a smartphone connected to the battery-powered device.


MobiLab is "the first demonstration of a cellphone-based DNA test of chlamydia," said researcher Jeff Wang, a Hopkins mechanical and biomedical engineering professor..."

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A PDF of the article as it appeared in print in the Baltimore Sun on Sunday, September 20, 2015 (which includes additional photos) can be found at this link.

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Dong Jin Shin

From Medical News Today

Chlamydia screening 'easier and cheaper' with new DNA smartphone test

By Honor Whiteman, July 30, 2015

“Researchers have created a simple smartphone DNA test that they say can accurately detect chlamydia - the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection in the US.

Jeff Tza-Huei Wang, PhD, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and colleagues say the test - called mobiLab - could reduce the prevalence of chlamydia by making testing for the disease cheaper and easier.

[Study co-author Dong Jin Shin] recently presented study findings detailing the test's accuracy at the 2015 American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Atlanta, GA…”

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2013 Innovator of the Year Award

Congratulations to Professor Chris D. Geddes and the Institute of Fluorescence (IoF) who have recently been named winners of the 2013 Innovator of the Year Award by the Daily Record. Dr. Geddes and the IoF have won the award for their development of a very rapid and low cost test for the detection of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Typically molecular diagnostics for STIs can take as long as 48 hours, during which time further transmission of the infection can occur. The IoF's technology can detect the presence of an STI within 8 minutes, allowing a real-time point-of-care test to be realized; patients presenting with STI-like symptoms in a healthcare setting can be diagnosed and potentially treated on-site. The new test costs less than $2.00 per swab, making the test attractive for downstream commercialization and clinical use.

In addition to Dr. Geddes, IoF/Chemistry graduate student Johan Melendez worked on the project as part of his thesis. The clinical validation of the technology has recently been reported in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

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Innovator of the Year

NIBIB YouTube videoFrom YouTube

Dr. Charlotte Gaydos on STD Point of Care Development

Uploaded by  on Dec 24, 2011

"I shot this video knowing it would be an educational tool for professionals involved in development of point-of-care technologies for sexually transmitted diseases; so in other words, it was never intended for general public audiences, although the public could learn a lot from the information presented here. Ideas for basic content of this video were developed by me (Jude Gustafson) and Dr. Brenda Korte of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Dr. Gaydos, an internationally recognized expert in her field, was videotaped at her office at the Johns Hopkins Center for Point-of-Care Tests for STDs in August of 2011."