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 research.”