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About us

Dr Alice Street (Principal Investigator)

Alice is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Anthropology and Principal Investigator of the EU funded DiaDev project (investigating diagnostic devices in global health) at the University of Edinburgh. She has 17 years of experience carrying out research on health systems, medical technologies and diagnostics in Papua New Guinea, India and Sierra Leone. She is the author of Biomedicine in an Unstable Place: Infrastructure and Personhood in a Papua New Guinean Hospital and a member of the joint research council Health Systems Strengthening Initiative Committee. She provides academic leadership and oversight of the project, ensures compliance with ethics and governance protocols, and contributes to the analysis and the writing of outputs.

Dr Shona Lee (Co-investigator, DiaDev Research Fellow)

Shona is a multidisciplinary social scientist and Global Health researcher. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre of African Studies in 2019. Her research focus is on zoonotic infectious diseases, and she has extensive fieldwork experience in leading independent qualitative research on Sleeping Sickness elimination programmes in Uganda and Ebola vaccine trials in Sierra Leone. She has published research on patient experiences of point of care testing and novel drug treatments for sleeping sickness, and their impact on trust in healthcare services and disease control programmes. She is leading on data collection, analysis and writing research outputs.

Dr Kate Templeton (Co-investigator)

Kate is a Consultant Clinical Scientist based in the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. Her main focus is on clinically useful molecular diagnostics and molecular epidemiology and has several current research grants as well as collaborations with diagnostic companies on developing new molecular assays for diagnosis across pathology. She has previously worked on EU project in Leiden the Netherlands for 5 years. In 2006 she was awarded the Abbott Diagnostic prize from European Society for Virology (ESCV) for her original contributions in the area of viral diagnosis. She has helped lead the testing response to Covid-19 in the Lothian area, and has an advisory role on the research project, providing input to the development of interview questions, project outputs and development of key recommendations for policy and practitioner audiences.

Imogen Bevan (DiaDev Research Assistant)

Imogen is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh with experience in conducting qualitative health research in Scotland. She supports the project through literature searches and summaries, methods reviews, and carrying out interviews.









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