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Nitika Pant Pai, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Regular Member
Division of Clinical Epidemiology
Health Outcomes
Infection and immunity


McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

Medical Scientist, Division of Infectious Diseases


McGill University

Assistant Professor Department of Medicine


Research Interest


My research focuses on developing screening strategies for marginalized populations with point-of -are tests to improve screening and diagnosis, in order to make a public health impact. My current work involves rapid point-of-care tests for HIV and related co-infections (hepatitis C, hepatitis B, syphilis) and the development of innovations that improve uptake of self testing for HIV, multiplex screening for HIV related co-infections for affected populations, and early screening for pregnant women in resource-limited settings.

Research Foci


  • implementation research with rapid point-of-care tests for HIV and co-infections
  • systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • innovations to improve uptake of global screening for key infections

Keywords


rapid point-of-care tests, screening strategies, innovative applications, mhealth, global health, womens health

Selected Publications


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  • Pai NP, Barick R, Tulsky JP, Shivkumar PV, Cohan D, Kalantri S, Pai M, Klein MB, Chhabra S. Impact of round-the-clock, rapid oral fluid HIV testing of women in labor in rural India. PLoS Med. 2008;5(5):e92. [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0050092] Impact factor 13.05

  • Pai NP, Balram B, Shivkumar S, Cajas JM, Claessens C, Lambert G, Peeling RW, Joseph L. Head-to-head comparison of accuracy of a rapid point-of-care HIV test with oral versus whole-blood specimens: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Infectious Diseases. 2012, May; 12(5): 373-380.

  • Shivkumar S, Peeling R, Jafari Y, Joseph L, Pai NP. Accuracy of rapid and point-of-care screening tests for hepatitis C: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2012, October; 157(8): 558-566

  • Pai NP, Vadnais C, Denkinger C, Engel N, Pai M. Point-of-Care Testing for Infectious Diseases: Diversity, Complexity, and Barriers in Low- And Middle-Income Countries. PLoS Medicine 2012, September; 9(9): e10011306 [Epub ahead of print]

  • Pai NP, Sharma J, Shivkumar S, Pillay S, Vadnais C, Joseph L, Dheda K, Peeling RW.. Supervised and Unsupervised Self-Testing for HIV in High and Low Risk Populations: A Systematic Review" (PMEDICINE-D-12-02147R4) PLoS Medicine. (April 2, 2013)