Category: John Connor

$1 million Mass. grant bolsters hunt for Ebola test

December 17th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

A Cambridge nonprofit, one of several groups worldwide racing to develop a rapid test for the Ebola virus, received a boost Tuesday when state officials gave the organization $1 million to help bring its finger-prick device to market…

Expert quote:

“What’s clear is there is not a good point-of-care test for Ebola or Lassa, for that matter, and the exact path that is going to lead to a test is not very clear. If it were very clear, people would have done it already.”

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Why Haven’t We Found a Cure for Ebola in Boston?

December 9th, 2014 in 2014, Boston.com, Ebola, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

In West Africa alone, the World Health Organization reports that the current Ebola outbreak— the most severe on record—has killed more than 6,000 out of the 17,000 people who have contracted it. Here in Boston, you could literally bump into someone working on a cure, but it’s a process often hampered by lack of funding and facilities…

Expert quote:

“Having a facility that can operate safely and effectively in close proximity to lots of intelligent people should speed up a lot of the development process, because it’s a lot easier to have conversations and get things started when it’s 15 minutes on the T and on the No. 10 bus, versus going down to the CDC or the NIH. There’s a ceiling on the amount of work that can be done because of the amount of facilities.”

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Early Signs of Ebola-Like Diseases Found

November 11th, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Tests for Ebola virus currently cannot identify the disease until after people show symptoms, and so individuals exposed to the virus have to wait to see if they are infected…

Expert quote:

“It looks like there are some very early and distinct ways in which the immune system is responding to different diseases. That could be an important way of trying to find people that are infected before they show overt symptoms.”

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LED Device Will Detect Ebola Cheaply and Quickly

November 8th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Ebola, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Selim Unlu 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Four years into a five-year project to develop a rapid hemorrhagic virus detection technology, the deadliest outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in history struck. For the Boston University research team working on the SP-IRIS device (single particle interferometric reflectance imaging sensor), it’s a small matter of bad timing…

Expert quotes:

Ünlü:

“Having an outbreak happening right now, clearly we’re not ready. Most of the technologies are not ready, there are no easy quick solutions to diagnose this epidemic.”

Connor:

“There’s more to consider than just the raw time. There is also something to consider in terms of how complex [the current diagnosis] is. Making it easier is one of the critical aspects.”

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Lack of Mobile Ebola Test Harms Effort in West Africa

October 31st, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, Ebola, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

The largest Ebola diagnostic lab in Liberia, housed in a shabby brick building 65 miles (105 kilometers) east of the capital Monrovia, can test about 80 to 90 blood samples a day…

Expert quote:

“It seems like everybody’s got an Ebola test these days. It may be something where there is the nice sort of silver lining to this particular outbreak.”

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Harvard prof develops fast, cheap prototype Ebola test

October 28th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Ebola, James Collins, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

A Harvard researcher and his team have developed a prototype Ebola test that could detect the virus in 30 minutes and cost less than $1 to reproduce…

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U.S. plans 21-day monitoring of people who arrive from Ebola-stricken nations

October 22nd, 2014 in 2014, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Washington Post 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Every airline passenger who arrives in the United States from one of the three West African nations hardest hit by Ebola will be monitored by state and local health authorities for 21 days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday…

Expert quote:

“What a logistical nightmare. It is an abundance of caution, and certainly, if carried out properly, it would do a good job of identifying anyone who is infected. This is going to be a very difficult task.”

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US probes potential second case of Ebola

October 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

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Ebola Outbreak: How Nanotechnology Can ‘Cheaply and Quickly’ Diagnose the Deadly Virus

October 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, International Business Times, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Researchers hope to diagnose the deadly Ebola virus which is ravaging West Africa using a prototype of a device that detects the disease by shining light of viral nanoparticles on silicon…

Expert quote:

“They have to fly in heavy, electricity-requiring machines that require specialized training and special ingredients to make the diagnostics work properly. They’re expensive, time intensive and, most importantly, they’re pretty much locked to a clinical lab.”

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Researchers hope to diagnose deadly Ebola virus with nanotech

October 1st, 2014 in 2014, Computerworld, Ebola, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

With more than 6,500 cases of the Ebola virus in West Africa, 3,000 deaths and now one confirmed case here in the United States, scientists are trying to find a way to detect the deadly virus more quickly, cheaply and easily…

Expert quote:

“What motivates us is that there are some really good tests to diagnose these diseases but none of these tests are easily transported where they are needed. They have to fly in heavy, electricity-requiring machines that require specialized training and special ingredients to make the diagnostics work properly. They’re expensive, time intensive and, most importantly, they’re pretty much locked to a clinical lab.”

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