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Infectious Disease



Infectious Disease


When disease-causing viruses (e.g. hepatitis B) mutate, there is a risk of being unable to detect them for diagnosis and monitoring, as well as the risk that the treatment response to current medications may be lessened. Therefore, viral genetic diversity has the potential to impact a vast number of healthcare touchpoints.

Abbott is constantly searching for new ways to improve people's health. A critical success factor involves monitoring retroviruses and hepatitis viruses from around the globe with a surveillance program, to help ensure laboratory tests continue to accurately detect divergent virsuses, regardless of where they are acquired. Since 1994, Abbott's Global Viral Surveillance Program has been at the forefront of viral surveillance continually  evolving to impact the development of next generation solutions.

    Gavin A. Cloherty, PHD
    Head of Infectious Disease Research,  Abbott Diagnostics

    Gavin A. Cloherty, graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he received his Ph.D in molecular biology and a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and zoology. He provides scientific leadership in the area of infectious disease diagnostics by leading groundbreaking clinical studies on hepatitis and HIV. As one of the top experts in the field, his innovative research is changing the way infectious diseases are being diagnosed to help improve patient outcomes.

    Gavin has 20 years of experience with Abbott and leads a team of scientists in the study of HIV and hepatitis related discoveries, Gavin leads a team that recently identified unique hepatitis E recombinant strains in humans, uncovered unexpectedly high prevalence of hepatitis Delta in countries such as Cameroon, and identified strains of the newly discovered HPgV-2 in samples from around the world.

    Throughout his career Gavin has published numerous abstracts, posters, and manuscripts. He has established numerous partnerships with commercial organizations, ministries of health and government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is a member of numerous professional and scientific societies, including the International AIDS Society and the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease. 
    • Understand the evolution of the Global Viral Surveillance Program and find out what's new
    • Discover the impact of viral surveillance on past, present and future laboratory diagnostic tools
    • Understand how you can get involved in the program


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