Interview with Nitika Pant Pai

Communities with limited wealth suffer of diseases in a way that many of us may never come to be confronted with. Poverty befriends disease, and many diseases befriend shame. Nitika Pant Tai knows this well and is dedicated to do something about it. She was one of the finalists of the ASAP awards for developing a phone app that will lower the barriers for HIV testing by removing the shame that usually comes with going to a clinic for the test. The phone app will help people do the test at home and connect with the right people and information. Read more here...

McGill/MUHC research team wins global innovation award for HIVSmart self-screening strategy and app

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill University congratulate the team led by Dr. Nitika Pant Pai for receiving the international 2013 Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP). The team won global recognition for developing an innovative self-test screening strategy for the Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The award, funded by Public Library of Science (PLoS), Google and Wellcome Trust, recognizes scientific innovations borne out of Open Access research that address real world challenges. Dr. Nitika Pant Pai received the $30,000 award today at the World Bank in Washington, DC. “Receiving this award is a humbling experience,” says Dr. Pant Pai, RI-MUHC researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at McGill University. “On behalf of my team, I would like to thank the award sponsors and Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) for funding this innovative...