British Columbia Student’s New Method for Diagnosing HIV in Newborns wins Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada
2014 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC) Highlights Newest Crop of Young Scientists
By Anne Ramsey. Read the full story here.
OTTAWA, May 23, 2014 – A novel method of HIV detection for newborns under the age of 18 months and for adults before three months post-transmission earned the grade 10, British Columbia student top national honours today in the 2014 “Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada” (SBCC).
Nicole Ticea, 15, from York House School in Vancouver, BC was awarded the top prize of $5,000 by a panel of eminent Canadian scientists assembled at the Ottawa headquarters of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).
Her impressive research project, mentored at Simon Fraser University by associate professor, Dr. Mark Brockman, is the first test capable of analyzing HIV viral nucleic acids in a point-of-care, low-resource setting. Nicole’s research, was deemed an incredibly innovative solution to a global challenge according to the judges led by Dr. Julie Ducharme, General Manager, Human Health Therapeutics, NRC.
1st place winner, Nicole, will compete for Canada on June 22-25 at the International BioGENEius Challenge, conducted at the annual BIO conference in San Diego, CA.