Simple hepatitis C test among 62 research projects at U of T supported by Ontario government

A simple, inexpensive diagnostic tool for early detection of hepatitis C – supported by funding from the Ontario government – could soon be helping people in some of the most remote corners of the Earth.

The research, supported with a $1.6-million grant, is one of 62 projects at the University of Toronto that has received support from the province, said Reza Moridi, Ontario's minister of research, innovation and science, who visited U of T on Friday and saw the Hep C test at work.

The disposable dipstick works much like a home pregnancy test, explained Professor Shana Kelley of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.

By placing a drop of blood on the dipstick, people can find out if they have the deadly blood-borne liver infection, which has affected over one hundred million people in the developing world, without the expense and delay of waiting for results from far away labs. If left untreated, Hep C can cause long-term health consequences – even death.

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