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angle-left 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, McGill University



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, Smallwood M, Desjardins L, Goyette A, Birkas KG, Vassal AF, 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, Daher J, Prashanth HR, Shetty A, Sahni RD, Kannangai R, Abraham P, Isaacs R. Will an innovative AideSmart! app-based multiplex, point-of-care, screening strategy for HIV and related coinfections affect timely quality antenatal screening of rural Indian women? Results from a cross-sectional study in India. Sex Transm Infect Published Online First: 15 October 2018.

  • 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.

  • 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. PMID: 23070489.

  • 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.