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LGC’s Jim Huggett part of Outstanding Research Team Award for work on infectious diseases

06 Dec 2016
Jim Huggett, Science Leader in Nucleic Acid Metrology at LGC, was part of the group awarded the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Outstanding Research Team Award at the recent EDCTP Forum in Zambia.

The award, presented by the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, was received for the University of Zambia and University College London Medical School (UNZA-UCLMS) partnership. This group brought together scientists, funders, politicians, and advocates to unite in the fight against killer infectious diseases, particularly TB and HIV/AIDS.

At the Forum, Jim presented recent work on tuberculosis diagnosis performed under the LGC-led European project Infect-MET. He described how to apply a metrological thought process when measuring clinical biomarkers for disease diagnosis and the potential limitations of clinical trials when this approach is not taken. The talk was very well received and provided significant material for later discussion sessions.

“It was a great honour to meet Mr Lungu and to be part of this Research Team, Zambia is a fantastic country and I have been very lucky to be able to work there. The EDCTP forum was also a great place to present the Infect-MET work, with leading clinical trial specialists stating they will change their practices based on our work”
Jim was actively involved in the UNZA-UCLMS partnership prior to moving to LGC and has maintained close links as an honorary fellow at UCL.