Nitika Pant Pai

Nitika Pant Pai, MD MPH PhD, is an Associate Professor at McGill University in the Department of Medicine and a Research Scientist at the MUHC Research Institute. A trained physician with a doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley, and fellowship from McGill University. She joined as faculty at McGill in 2009 and got tenured in 2015.

She has a decade of experience in the design and conduct of implementation research with rapid point-of-care (POC) technologies for HIV and related co-infections (i,e, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, Syphilis).

Since 2003, she has conducted both diagnostic and treatment studies in many international settings and populations. These include incarcerated populations in US, immigrants, injection drug users, STD clinic attendees, men who have sex with men in Canada, STD clinic attendees and pregnant women in India, healthcare workers and township populations of  South Africa.

Her research vision is to develop innovative strategies with point of care tests, so as to inform, and change policies in the country of research and internationally. Her current focus is on developing innovative strategies for in home, self-testing for HIV for South Africa, Canada, India. She is also involved in developed multiplexed POC testing strategies for co-infections. Her research work is supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, FRSQ, Grand Challenges Canada,  and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

She is a recipient of numerous awards: CIHR New Investigator award 2010, FRSQ salary award 2015, Grand Challenges Canada’s Stars in Global Health Award 2011, 2013, McMaster’s University Chanchalani Award for Global Health Research in HIV, 2012, McGill University’s Maude Abbott Award for research excellence, 2013. In 2013, she also received the Accelerating Science in Progress Award ASAP award for developing open access innovations, from Google, PLOS, Wellcome Trust.

She is currently on a sabbatical and working with WHO’s HIV testing division and UNAIDS 90 90 90 Diagnostics Access Initiative. She regularly peer reviews for 40+ biomedical journals, serves on their editorial board. She is a co-chair of the Canadian National POCT working group. She actively consults for public health agencies, global foundations and governments on HIV/STBBI testing initiatives. She has recently started a social impact initiative to take social innovations to scale globally.

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