Global Health Diagnostics (GHDx) Initiative

Access to timely medical care is a critical challenge in the developing world, particularly in countries with weak public health infrastructure. The Global Health Diagnostics Initiative (GHDx) at UC Berkeley addresses the need for appropriate, low-cost diagnostic technologies to improve health in low- and middle-income countries. Through a speaker series, symposia, and working groups, this program brings a global health focus to the fields of biomedical engineering, health sciences, and innovation economics.

UC Berkeley Alum Madhukar Pai Discusses Diagnosis at the Point-of-Care

Diagnostics by Design - THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!

Based on popular demand, the 6th Annual CEND Symposium will be accompanied by two events co-hosted by CEND and affiliated groups, including the Global Health Diagnostics(GHDx) Program. GHDx is a UC Berkeley student-led working group dedicated to developing diagnostics technologies for low-resource settings. The program is supported by a grant from the Berkeley Institute of International Studies and administered by CEND.

January 9th, Diagnostics by Design: A Workshop on the Design, Development and Implementation of Global Health Technologies

The Diagnostics by Design workshop is an interdisciplinary forum for discussing the challenges and lessons learned in developing and implementing global health technologies, specifically at the point of care. Through interactive talks, a panel discussion with experts from industry and academia, and a hands-on build session, we will explore the challenges associated with translating technologies beyond the lab. This workshop will draw on the expertise and experience of individuals from across disciplines to explore collaborative solutions to global health issues.

The workshop will feature Columbia Professor and mChip inventor Samuel Sia as the keynote speaker. Food and drink will also be provided throughout the event.

Schedule (Stanley Hall, Room 106)
8:30-9:30 am Registration with breakfast
9:30-10:30 am Session 1 – Kickoff with keynote by Sam Sia, Associate Professor, Columbia University
10:30-10:45 am Coffee break
10:45-11:45 am Session 2 – Jim Gallarda, Senior Program Officer, Diagnostics at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
11:45-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:00 pm Session 3 – Amy Lockwood, UCSF Global Health Sciences
2:00-2:15 pm Coffee break
2:15-3:45 pm Session 4 – “From Concept to Field” – Panel discussion with opening talk and moderation by Madhu Pai, Assistant Professor, McGill University
Panelists: Shashi Buluswar, Executive Director, LIGTT; Eva Harris, Professor, UC Berkeley; Daniel Fletcher, Professor, UC Berkeley; Glenn Johns, Director, Alere; Daniel Laser, CEO, Wave80 Biosciences; David Persing, Executive Vice President, Cepheid
3:45-4:00 pm Coffee break
4:00-5:30 pm Session 5 – ”Build a Device” hosted by Tekla Labs
5:30-5:45 pm Closing remarks
5:45-6:45 pm Reception with drinks

The workshop is co-sponsored by CEND, GHDx, and POCDx with financial support from BigIdeas @ Berkeley Idea Lab, the UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly, and the Institute for International Studies.

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January 11-12th, Diagnostics by Design: a hack day for global health

The Diagnostics by Design hackathon is a cross-communities effort to bridge the gap between makers and do-it-yourself innovators and the sphere of global health. The event is posed as a challenge to participants: with minimal materials or through innovative coding, tackle a technological or informatic need in the space of point of care diagnostics. These can range from generating DIY lab equipment alternatives for medical clinics with limited resources, informatics for disease monitoring, or redesign of diagnostic tools for resource-limited settings. Attendees from the Maker community will work with participants from academic and professional spaces: the goal is an interface between the innovative expertise of the former with the needs assessments and field knowledge of the latter. We not only explore, but get hands on experience with pressing health and design needs.

The DxD hackathon is a two day event, from Saturday (1/11/13) from 9AM to 9PM, and Sunday (1/12/13) from 9AM to 3PM. Eventbrite only shows the Saturday date; registration covers participation and meals for both days.

Saturday (Invention Lab, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley)
9:00 am -9:30 pm Opening remarks and brief overview of logistics
9:30-9:00 am Open building time (all equipment in the Invention Lab is available for use; Hackathon organizers will be available to run jobs on the 3D printers, laser cutters, mills and lathes for each Hackathon team)
12:00-1:00 pmLunch available in conference room
4:00 pm Afternoon tea, coffee and snacks served
9:00 pm Invention Lab closes for the day

9:00 am -12:00 pm Open building time (Invention Lab, Sutardja Dai Hall)
12:00-1:30 pm Team Presentations (CITRIS auditorium)
1:30-2:30 pm Lunch
2:30-3:00 pm Awards and closing remarks (CITRIS auditorium)

UPDATE: Answers to frequently asked questions are now available here, FAQs

The hackathon is co-sponsored by CEND, GHDx, Tekla Labs, CITRIS, Invention Lab @ Berkeley, The Blum Center & Big Ideas@berkeley (financial support of Tekla), and the Institute for Interntional Studies (financial support of GHDx).

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