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Integrated Photonic Devices
Multianalyte Optical Biosensor System for Parallel Screening of Illicit Drugs and Markers of Sexually Transmitted Infections
Ms Ping Hua and collaborators at other institutions
The detection of illicit drug residues and biomarkers for alcohol and drug abuse and diagnosis of sexually transmittable infections (STIs) in urine samples provide the key first steps in identifying and assessing drug abuse and related problems. Presently available techniques for these tests are too expensive and complex for widespread use. In this project fluorescence-based planar waveguide biosensor arrays, a rapid-response multianalyte optical instrument, and novel assay chemistry will be realised for the parallel detection, in urine samples, of residues of priority illicit drugs and their metabolites, biomarkers of alcohol intake and biomarkers of the common sexually transmittable infections. Application is aimed at front-line healthcare centres, offering rapid quantification, ease-of use, and transportable operator-independent surveillance and monitoring systems.
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