The overall winner of this year’sMedical Futures Innovation Awards
was Dr. David Moore, a Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases from
Dr. Moore and his colleagues, have developed a new test to diagnose active TB - and his £10,000 award, picked up at last month’s ceremony in Old Billingsgate in
Moore’s new test, Microscopic Observation Drug Susceptibility (MODS) relies on the characteristic growth pattern of Mycobacterium TB grown in a special liquid media and viewed using an inverted light microscope. Using this technique the bacteria can be identified in days, unlike traditional culture methods which can take up to six weeks.
The judges, who are the
While the new test could provide poor developing countries with a rapid, inexpensive detection of TB., it could also help reduce the 350 needless deaths in