UK Rapid Test Consortium

Ulster University Professors Tara Moore and Jim McLaughlin have been appointed as key UK government advisers to help develop a Covid-19 antibody test, via local company CIGA Healthcare.

Ulster University's Professors Tara Moore and Professor Jim Mc Laughlin have been appointed as key advisers on the UK Rapid Test Consortium. In conjunction with the University of Oxford, Professor Moore and Professor McLaughlin's expertise will be used to jointly develop and manufacture a Covid-19 Point of Care antibody test as part of the Government’s five pillar national testing strategy.

As the government starts to review an exit strategy from the current Covid-19 lockdown, testing and in particular accurate community testing is key to decision making at a Government Policy level.

The UK Rapid Test Consortium (UK-RTC) will work to jointly support the development and manufacturing scale-up of a COVID-19 lateral flow antibody test, which seeks to determine whether people have developed immunity after contracting the virus.

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Professor James McLaughlin

Head of School of Engineering

School of Engineering

Areas of expertise Nanotechnology, point of care diagnostics, integrated algorithm based solutions, sensor & IOT technology, Digital Healthcare Technology, Innovation.

Professor Tara Moore

Professor of Personalised Medicine

School of Biomedical Sciences

Areas of expertise Personalised medicine, virology, microbiology, genetic diagnostics.