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angle-left Nitika Pai, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Scientist, RI-MUHC, 5252 de Maisonneuve

Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program

Assistant Professor Department of Medicine



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

Research Focus

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.

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)