DiaDev is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Kings College London, Kings Health Partners, and Public Health Foundation India and is funded by the European Research Council.
We work closely with stakeholders in the USA, Europe, Sierra Leone and India to refine and adapt the project design, solicit feedback on findings, and develop innovative solutions for improving diagnostic accuracy and efficacy.
Through the telling of diagnostic stories, the mapping of diagnostic infrastructures, and collaborations with stakeholders, DiaDev seeks to identity the lessons that can be drawn from the successes and failures of point-of-care diagnostic devices in the places where they are developed and deployed. It is hoped that the findings will help inform researchers, funders, policy-makers, governments and users as to whether, and how, these tests can strengthen health systems in resource-limited settings.
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DiaDev Principal Investigator
Alice Street is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on hospital ethnography, health systems research, global health interventions and medical innovation. She has carried out ethnographic research in Papua New Guinea and India and is the author of ‘Biomedicine in an Unstable Place: Infrastructure and Personhood in a Papua New Guinean Hospital’, published by Duke University Press.
DiaDev Senior Research Fellow
Ann H. Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London and the Co-Deputy Director of the King’s Global Health Institute. Her ethnographic work focuses on the socio-material practices of global health research and innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa, recent examples of which have been published in Cultural Anthropology, Social Studies of Science, Social Science and Medicine and Visual Anthropology. She is currently collaborating on a number of transdisciplinary initiatives including an NIHR Research Unit on System Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa (ASSET) and DiaDev.
DiaDev Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Nanda Kishore is a Medical Anthropologist working as Associate Professor in Indian Institute of Public Health Hyderabad. His areas of interests are socio-cultural and ecological concerns of Public Health, Application of technology for inclusive healthcare, Tribal health and Implementation research.
DiaDev Senior Research Fellow
(Emma) Michelle Taylor is a social scientist with extensive experience in the fields of global health and development. Michelle is a Senior Research Fellow (2018-2020) on the ERC-funded project 'Investigating the Design and Use of Diagnostic Devices in Global Health’ (DiaDev, PI Dr Alice Street), leading the project’s research theme on diagnostics to support disease elimination. Previously, Michelle was a Research Fellow (2012-2018) on the ERC-funded Investigating Networks of Zoonosis Innovation project at Edinburgh (INZI, PI Prof James Smith). INZI focused on the myriad ways African Trypanosomiasis has been controlled, researched and funded from the end of WW2 until the present day, asking how innovation has been stimulated for this neglected tropical (and zoonotic) disease. As part of INZI, Michelle led research strands on advocacy and funding for Neglected Tropical Diseases, and drug discovery and development for Human African Trypanosomiasis; she also contributed to the project-wide work on One Health and disease elimination.
Eva Vernooij is a medical anthropologist with an interest in the relationship between science, politics and practice in global health. Her PhD research at the University of Amsterdam focused on the production and translation of knowledge and care practices in an implementation science research project about HIV treatment as prevention in Swaziland. She is a Research Fellow on the European Research Council-funded project 'Investigating the Design and Use of Diagnostic Devices in Global Health’ (DiaDev, PI Alice Street) and will be carrying out ethnographic research about the use of diagnostic devices in health systems strengthening in Sierra Leone.
DiaDev Research Associate
Imogen Bevan is a PhD candidate in social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, and Research Associate on DiaDev. Her research interests include anthropology of global health, anthropology of food and drugs, and material culture studies. She has published research on tobacco and e-cigarette use, and currently explores the role of sugar in social relationships in urban Scotland.
Shona Jane Lee is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, and a member of the multidisciplinary Investigating Networks of Zoonosis Innovations (INZI) research group. She holds an ESRC AQM scholarship for her project exploring the socio-technical practices of diagnosis and disease control, focussing on novel technological interventions for human African sleeping sickness control and elimination in Uganda.
Ellen Cummings provides administrative support on DiaDev delivering a broad range of project management, knowledge exchange and coordination activities.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme grant agreement No 715450.
At KCL, the DiaDev project is based in the King’s Global Health Institute. The Institute’s areas of focus include healthcare delivery in the context of continuing care, environment, conflict and health.
The King’s Sierra Leone Partnership is one of three global health partnerships working as part of King’s Health Partners at King’s College London. KSLP’s in-country team of staff and volunteers are working alongside our partners to build a strong and resilient health system in Sierra Leone. We’re doing this by building the capacity of individuals, institutions, and systems to improve health outcomes.
The Indian Institute of Public Health Hyderabad is a subsidiary of the Public Health Foundation India. The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is a public private initiative that has collaboratively evolved through consultations with multiple constituencies including Indian and international academia, state and central governments, multi & bi-lateral agencies and civil society groups. PHFI is a response to redress the limited institutional capacity in India for strengthening training, research and policy development in the area of Public Health.