APR 14, 2021 9:00 AM PDT

Current COVID-19 Testing Landscape: The Role of Antigen Testing in a Molecular World

Sponsored by: DiaSorin Inc.
C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
Speaker
  • Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    Biography

      Dr. Nam Tran is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UC Davis Health. He's a board-certified high complexity laboratory director in clinical chemistry with expertise in point-of-care testing. Dr. Tran received his bachelor's of science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from UC Davis in 2003. Thereafter he completed a PhD in Comparative Pathology and a MS degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology also from UC Davis. From 2009-2011, he completed postdoctoral training under an NIH/NIBIB funded Point-of-Care Technologies Research Center focused on developing novel infectious disease tests for critical, emergency and disaster care. More recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Tran developed the SARS-CoV-2 testing strategy at UC Davis Health -- deploying several high throughput and rapid point-of-care PCR SARS-CoV-2 testing platforms over a short period of time. He also continues to serve as a member of both the California COVID-19 Testing Task Force, and University of California Health COVID-19 Workgroup


    Abstract

    Date:  April 14, 2021

    Time: 9:00am PDT, 12:00pm EDT

     

    Testing solutions for CoV-2 have had to evolve as the pandemic creates challenges and opportunities for various technologies to support the ongoing need to quickly and accurately identify active CoV-2 infections. RT-PCR has been traditionally utilized as the early diagnostic tool for clinicians but other options like Antigen testing have emerged that may provide a more cost effective and timely solution. This presentation describes current CDC guidelines for SARS-CoV-2 Ag testing and compares current point-of-care vs. high-throughput SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing to molecular approaches. Best practices and considerations for various patient populations for SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing are  explored as well.

     

    At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

    • Describe Centers for Disease Control and Prevent current guidelines on SARS-CoV-2 Ag testing
    • Identify best practices for SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing
    • Compare point-of-care versus high-throughput SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing compared to molecular approaches
    • Discuss considerations for using SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing in asymptomatic vs symptomatic populations in resource limited settings

     

     

     

     

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