Medical Research Council
University of Exeter

Our Research


Prompt and accurate diagnosis of fungal diseases...

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...are critical to patient survival, with prognosis worsening significantly in the absence of early detection and treatment with anti-fungal drugs.

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Fungal biomarkers circulating in the bloodstream...

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...can act as signature molecules of infection, and provide ideal targets for the development of quick, specific and sensitive diagnostic tests.

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To maximise the impact of this research one of our scientists established a spin-out company called ISCA Diagnostics in 2012 to enable hospitals and clinics to access new diagnostic tests. This has resulted in clinical uptake of the Asp-LFD test, a rapid bedside test for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, a devastating fungal lung disease of patients with haematological malignancies.


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Christopher Thornton (text)