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Specialising in fast, accurate diagnostic tests for the management of infectious and genetic diseases

The Molecular Diagnostic Unit (MDU) specialises in providing fast, accurate diagnostic tests for the management of infectious and genetic diseases. Our CPA-accredited unit uses the latest technology, including next generation sequencing and UPLC to provide an unparalleled service to our national and international customers.

The academic Department of Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) and Retrovirology which houses the MDU also encompasses a Clinical Trials Centre (CTC) and The National Centre for Human Retrovirology (NCHR). Many of the assays developed for the MDU were designed to support the HIV and HTLV trials undertaken by the CTC and to optimise management of patients attending the NCHR and the Imperial College Healthcare Trust.

The academic department is constantly researching and developing new diagnostic methods which, once validated, can be introduced into clinical service via the MDU. This allows us to remain ahead of the field in diagnostic testing and clinical monitoring and to provide the highest quality of patient care. Our work is particularly centred on HIV, hepatitis viruses and sexually transmitted infections, but we are happy to collaborate with you in designing and producing assays for your particular clinical requirements.