Lab Without Walls current and past activities

1. Portable Infectious Disease Response

  1. Fully deployable Ebolavirus lab-in-a-box field trials in WA, in preparation for remote area response.
  2. Shoe-box sized equipment trials with pathology services in Western Australian hospitals show a potential saving of over 50 hours in diagnosis of severe bacterial infections. Further trials in regional centres are planned.

2. Sentinel Laboratory Network in regional Sri Lanka

  1. A global Rotary project has been designed in partnership with Rotary Foundation, hospitals in Sri Lanka and the wider Sri Lankan community to develop clinical laboratory methods in centres outside Colombo.
  2. LWW members and Rotarians visited Sri Lanka in June 2015 to complete the planning stage, and held a fund-raiser in Perth on their return. Equipment, reagent and training costs have been met by donations and pledges through these fund raising activities.

3. Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) Countermeasures

  1. LWW has taken the lead in an international R&D consortium (Encompass) to develop very fast methods of detecting emerging AMR, suitable for clinical, public health, veterinary and biosecurity applications, and screening of new antibiotics.
  2. An Attune Flow cytometer has been purchased with Rotary, LWW and matching WA Health Department donations. This equipment is starting to generate exciting results that we expect to change that way we fight AMR.
  3. We held an Encompass planning meeting in London on 20th July 2015 with major scientific and industry partners. Through our academic partners at UWA we have attracted grants to work on a new antibiotics candidates discovered by a European research group we are working with.