null Nitika Pai, MD, MPH, PhD

Scientist, RI-MUHC

Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Epidemiology, MUHC



rapid point-of-care tests • screening strategies • innovative applications • mhealth • global health • women's health

Research Focus

My research focuses on developing screening strategies for marginalized populations with point-of-care 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, Thomas R. Time for HIV self-testing in Canada: a vision and an action plan. CMAJ. 2020 November 2, 192:E1367-8. PMID: 33139426.

  • Pai NP, Karellis A, Kim J, Peter T. Modern Diagnostic Technologies for HIV. The Lancet HIV. 2020;7: e574-81. PMID: 32763220.

  • Pai NP, Smallwood M, Desjardins L, Goyette A, Birkas KG, Vassal A-F, Joseph L, Thomas R. An unsupervised smart app-optimized HIV self-testing program in Montreal, Canada: Cross-sectional study. J Med Internet Res 2018; 20(11): e10258. PMID: 30465709.

  • 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. PLoS Medicine. 2013 Apr;10(4): e1001414. PMID: 23565066.

  • Pai NP, Balram B, Shivkumar S, Martinez-Cajas J, Claseens 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): 373-80. PMID: 22277215.