Imagine a fast, needle-free malaria and Dengue fever detection tool that could help save hundreds of thousands of lives each year, globally.

Well, that's now reality thanks to a UQ-led research project using infrared light and artificial intelligence. Pathogens transmitted by mosquitoes are considered the deadliest in the world. Half of the world is currently at risk of contracting arboviruses such as Dengue and each year malaria kills over 600,000 people and infects over 200 million people.

To reduce the burden of these diseases, UQ's Dr Maggy Lord - along with an international research team she leads - have developed a tool that can rapidly detect mosquito-borne pathogens in mosquitoes and humans. It shines a beam of infrared light on mosquitoes or humans and uses artificial intelligence to detect infection non-invasively in seconds.

Join us as Dr Lord shows us her discovery and explores how it will be used to rapidly identify disease hotspots and guide the distribution of interventions to reduce outbreaks.

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Meet the presenter

Maggy LordDr Maggy Lord is a senior lecturer and a researcher of mosquito-borne diseases at The University of Queensland, Australia. She obtained her PhD in Medical Entomology from Griffith University. In 2017, she joined UQ to establish an infrared surveillance/diagnostics lab specialising in mosquito-borne diseases.



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Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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