Seminar #35

HIV viral load and EID on the Panther System – performance from the field


No invitations necessary; open to all conference registrants

Wednesday 7 December
7:00 – 8:30
CTICC room location: 1.4


Laboratory scientist, researchers, medical technologies, and country program teams.


Investigators from Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the United States present the latest performance data of Hologic’s Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx Assay with plasma and Dried Blood Spot (DBS) for viral load monitoring and early infant diagnosis (EID).


Insight and understanding of the utility of Hologic’s Panther system for HIV-1 viral load from plasma and dried blood spot (DBS).


Dr. Matilu Mwau, KEMRI
Professor Matilu Mwau, an infectious diseases specialist, is the Executive Director, Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR). He joined CNHR in September 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, he was Associate Professor in Medical Microbiology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
He is also a Visiting Professor, Nagasaki University and Principal Research Officer (on Leave of Absence) at the Kenya Medical Research Institute. He was the Director, Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases Control Research, Kenya, between 2008 and 2013. He has worked for Management Sciences for Health as a Senior Programme Associate and for several local and international organisations as a consultant. Outside of his interest in infectious diseases, he is a health systems strengthening specialist. His most recent consultancies have focused on Quality of Health Improvement. His research interests focus on HIV drug resistance, novel diagnostic approaches, arbovirus infections, and hepatitis; he has published extensively in these areas. Matilu has mentored several Master degree and doctorate degree students at local and international universities. He holds a degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Nairobi, a Master’s degree in Tropical Medicine from Nagasaki University in Japan and a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Medicine (Immunology) from Oxford University.

Dr. Julie Nelson, UNC School of Medicine 

Lesley Scott, Wits University

Dr. Tariro Makadzange, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard