Professor O'Byrne develops AI-enabled COVID tests

Faculty of Health Sciences
Health Canada

By University of Ottawa

Faculty of Health Sciences, Marie Dominique Antoine

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Patrick O'Byrne featured on the front page of the Ottawa Citizen for his involvement in the development of a rapid HIV test kit that has been adapted to test for COVID-19

Professor Patrick O'Byrne of the School of Nursing began work in 2019 on a plan to mail HIV self-testing kits to people who might have difficulty getting to a clinic for testing.

With the arrival of the pandemic, this need became urgent. The program was launched and rolled out across Ontario. 

With the success of the program, Professor O'Byrne was contacted by Health Canada earlier this year to ask if the program could be adapted for COVID-19 testing as a pilot program. The program is now launched and has 8,000 tests to distribute. For complete  details, read the full article.   

Congratulations to Professor O'Byrne on this outstanding achievement!