Talking with UVic chemist Alex Brolo who received funding for Zika virus research.
Alexandre Brolo first came to Canada to finish up his PHD, and it didn’t take long to decide he wanted to relocate and leave São Paulo, Brazil, behind. As a researcher at the University of Victoria he has just received funding aimed at developing technology to help identify the Zika virus.
Grand Challenges Canada, a federally funded body that supports public health innovations, has awarded $50,000 for research on two applications spearheaded by chemist Alexandre Brolo.
His team is creating low-cost plastic strips that detect the presence of arboviruses, such as Zika and dengue, in saliva, which Brolo said would give health workers a speedy picture of who has the illness and where it might be spreading. The award will help fund a small-scale pilot project in Brazil, which has been badly hit by the virus, and serve as seed money for development of the larvae-finder app.
So, with that, I gave him a call to discuss himself, his studies, and the future of this project 🙂
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