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A Systematic Review of Lifestyle Modification in Adults with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
C. Thoma, C. P. Day and M. I. Trenell, Newcastle University

This study reviews the causes of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and the associated risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Rapid PCR for Integration in Sample-to-answer Analysis Platforms
S. Brunklaus, T.E. Hansen-Hagge, J. Erwes, J. Höth, M. Jung, D. Latta, X. Strobach, C. Winkler, T. Röser, M. Ritzi-Lehnert, K.S. Drese

This poster describes how molecular testing at the point-of-care can increase time to results and yield rather specific information, concentrating on PCR on a chip layout which proves to be fast and robust.

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Identification of novel autoantigensin patients with liver autoimmune diseases by Protein MicroArray
C. Zingaretti1, M. Arigò1, A. Cardaci1, A. Sinisi1, L. Muratori3, P. Colombatto4, F. Bonino2, P. Invernizzi5, , A.L. Zignego6 MC. Crosti1, M. Moro1, J. Geginat1, Pagani M.1, R. De Francesco1, S. Abrignani1. & M. Bombaci1

The characterization of autoimmune disease-specific biomarkers are of primary importance for the development of diagnostic tools and the comprehension of pathogenetic mechanisms leading to autoimmunity. To this aim a protein microarray was employed to analyze serum samples from patients with autoimmune hepatitis (e.g. AIH & PBC) and of healthy as controls. A panel of autoantigens able to discriminate among the groups of patients was identified for potential use as biomarkers.

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MicroRNA expression in normal and malignant prostate tissues
Jessica Carlsson

In this study the aim was to identify a miRNA expression signature that could be used to separate between normal and malignant prostate tissues. Nine miRNAs were found to be differentially expressed and they could be used to separate between the normal and malignant tissues. A cross-validation procedure confirmed the generality of this expression signature, showing an accuracy of 85%.

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Point-of-Care Diagnostics for Sexually Transmitted Infections
Pascal Craw, Wamadeva Balachandran

This poster introduces the recently enlarged DoCLab research group at Brunel University, London. This large multidisciplinary group brings together electronic, mechanical and computer engineers with molecular biologists, biochemists and clinical collaborators to develop fully integrated, multiplex Point-Of-Care-Tests (POCT) for the self- diagnosis of infectious diseases.

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Optical Microchip Sensors for Multiplexed Detection of Biological Pathogens
D. Bhatta, A. Michel, M. Marti Villalba, G. D. Emmerson, I. J. G Sparrow, M. B. McDonnell, E. A. Perkins , R. W. Ely and G. A. Cartwright

SpectroSens, a multi-channel optical microchip sensor system suitable for rapid, label-free multiplexed detection of a wide range of bio-hazardous agents is presented. Optical chips containing multiple high-precision planar Bragg gratings are exploited as low-cost, robust refractive index sensors.

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SuNS microarray as novel biosensor for clinical diagnostics.
Pisanelli B., Dattilo D., Chetta M., Carducci F., De Ceglia G.

We here present an innovative microarray platform which aims to produce an higher standard of clinical microarray technology. The fabrication approach, involving a novel printing technology (Supramolecular Nano-Stamping) to reduce the production costs of the chips, together with a peculiar probe design, aiming to improve the assay sensitivity and workflow, intend to make the SuNS microarrays well poised to become an important element in the clinical diagnostics market.

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Bi-functional Magnetic Microcarriers for Point-of-Care Diagnostics
J.J. Palfreyman, D.M. Love, A.J. Philpott, K. Vyas, T. Mitrelias, C.H.W. Barnes

A novel type of microcarrier is presented, where a re-writable magnetic barcode is used to carry information. This technology has several advantages over the optical-based alternatives, whilst benefiting from the high-throughput of a microfluidic tool. Here, we present two different surface chemistries used to attach a probe and a control strand of DNA to an individual microcarrier. This is demonstrated with red and green fluorophores, clearly seen on either side.

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Chemically Modified Primers for Improved Multiplex PCR
Elena Hidalgo Ashrafi, Tony Le, Alexandre Lebedev, Richard Hogrefe, Victor Timoshchuk, Sabrina Shore, Inna Koukhareva and Natasha Paul

Multiplex PCR is an advantageous technique used in PCR applications to amplify multiple targets in a single reaction. As useful as it is, this technique presents a new set of challenges that further complicates PCR setup. For example, reactions are more prone to off-target amplifications such as mis-priming and primer dimer due to the increased number of primer pairs.

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Blood Test Could Help Bowel Cancer Patients Avoid Drug Side-Effects
Manchester researchers have provided early evidence to suggest that a blood test could be used to identify bowel cancer patients that may benefit from more intensive chemotherapy.
Changes In A Blood-Based Molecular Pathway Identified In Alzheimer’s
Study identifies increased activation of the contact system in plasma of Alzheimer’s patients.
Los Alamos Creates Bioinformatics Tool for Metagenome Analysis
‘GOTTCHA’ tool could aid ID of co-infections in medical samples.
Kidney Cancer Detected Early With Urine Test
Washington University School of Medicine researchers have developed a noninvasive method to screen for kidney cancer by measuring the presence of proteins in the urine.
New Test To Revolutionise Disease Detection In People, Crops And Stock
A single-drop DNA test invented by UQ scientists could revolutionise the detection of diseases in humans, livestock and crops.
DNA Sequencing Traces The Spread Of Drug-Resistant TB
Scientists have for the first time used DNA sequencing to trace the fatal spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis between patients in the UK.
Towards A Blood-Based Test For Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease
An effective blood test would be safe, affordable and easy to administer in large groups or in rural areas.
Tiny Optical Antennas: A Nano Revolution
Newly developed tiny optical antennas, which function like spotlights at the nanoscale, offer the potential to measure food safety, identify air pollutants and even quickly diagnose and treat deadly diseases, like cancer.
Blood-Based Genetic Biomarkers Identify Young Boys with Autism
Proof-of-principle method suggests much-earlier diagnoses could be done with clinic test.
‘Liquid Biopsies’ Could Help Spot Genetic Faults in Lung Cancer
Study analyze blood samples from 97 patients who took part in the EURTAC clinical trial.
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