A knowledge translation workshop sponsored by CIHR


Over the past year, we have been involved in synthesizing global evidence on point-of-care (POC) assays for HIV and related co-infections (syphilis, hepatitis B and hepatitis C) with funding from CIHR: oral assays for HIV and finger stick assays for co-infections. The timeline for the project was January to December 2010, and we have now completed the syntheses.

As part of CIHR’s Knowledge Translation activity, we organized a one day workshop, which took place on November 30th 2010. Items on the agenda of this workshop were discussion of the evidence, translation to policy, challenges and barriers related to the implementation and uptake of POC technologies, concerns about research methodology, and quality of testing initiatives. The idea was to provide a platform to generate stimulating discussions, and offer a comprehensive perspective on POC technologies.

The agenda, the presentations and the audio recorded during the workshop are all available here.
Please note that the audio files are currently in processing before being released, as such they are currently unavailable.


  • Rosanna Peeling, PhD Professor of Diagnostics Research London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine London, UK
  • Gilles Lambert, MD Institut national de santé publique (INSPQ) et Direction de santé publique de l’agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal Montreal, Canada
  • Christiane Claessens, PhD Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec et Institut national de santé publique du Québec Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada
  • Tom Wong, MD MPH FRCPC Director, Division of Community Acquired Infections Public Health Agency of Canada Ottawa, Canada
  • Marina Klein, MD, MSc, FRCP(C) Associate Professor of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunodeficiency Service, McGill University Health Centre Montreal, Canada
  • Martin Potter, MD Staff Clinician Montreal Chest Institute, McGill University Health Centre Montreal, Canada
  • Nimâ Machouf, PhD Epidemiologist Clinique L’Actuel Montreal, Canada
  • Pierre-Paul Tellier, MD Associate Professor Director, Student Health Services McGill University Montreal, Canada
  • Jorge L Martinez-Cajas, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine Infectious Diseases Division, Queen’s University Kingston, Canada
  • Ameeta Singh, BMBS(UK), MSc, FRCPC Medical Director, AHS-Edmonton STI Clinic Clinical Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada


Nitika Pant Pai, MD. MPH, PhDAssistant Professor, Clinical Epi/Infectious Disease (Medicine) McGill University Montreal, Canada

Student Presentations

  • Bhairavi Balram
  • Yalda Jafari
  • Denis Ako-Arrey
  • Sushmita Shivkumar

Part I

  • 01. Global Landscape of POC Tests and Their Uptake – PDF Download , [Audio]
  • 02. Implantation d’une offre de détection du VIH à résultat rapide en milieu carcéral à Montréal (HIV POC in Montréal Prisons) – PDF Download , [Audio]
  • 03. Quality Control of HIV point-of-care tests – PDF Download , [Audio]
  • 04. Point of care testing: a practical experience – PDF Download , [Audio]
  • 05. Point-Of-Care HIV testing in Cali, Colombia: Experience and Expectations – PDF Download , [Audio]
  • 06. Point-of-care tests: implementation in rural India – PDF Download , [Audio]
  • 07. Rapid/point of care Diagnostic Tests for HIV and syphilis: where are we at in Alberta? – PDF Download , [Audio]

Part II

  • Part II: Evidence – PDF Download
  • 08. Oral HIV Point-of-Care tests: Is the Evidence Good Enough? – PDF Download , [Audio]
  • 09. Syphilis POC Tests: What is the verdict? A Systematic Review – PDF Download , [Audio]
  • 10. Economic Evaluation of Syphilis Point of Care – PDF Download , [Audio]
  • 11. To Pool or Not to Pool: POC Testing for Hepatitis B and C – PDF Download , [Audio]

Part III : Panel Discussion

Part III: Panel Discussion – PDF Download , [Audio]