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Dr. Nitika Pai

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
Department of Medicine (McGill)

Research Profile

 Fundamental: 0%
 Clinical: 20%
 Epidemiology: 80%
 Evaluation: 0%
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HIV • rapid point-of-care tests • screening strategies • innovative applications • mhealth • global health • womens health

Research Interests

My research focuses on developing screening strategies for marginalized populations with point-of-care tests to improve screening and diagnosis, in order to make a public health impact. My current work involves rapid point-of-care tests for HIV and related co-infections (hepatitis C, hepatitis B, syphilis) and the development of innovations that improve uptake of self-testing for HIV, multiplex screening for HIV related co-infections for affected populations, and early screening for pregnant women in resource-limited settings.

Team Members

Name Position
Karellis, Angeliki Postdoc
Vialard, Fiorella Junior Assistant
Woolhouse, Elizabeth Junior Assistant
Anand, Apoorva Research Assistant
Leung Soo, Cindy Research Assistant
Vaikla, Olivia Research Coordinator
Deli-Houssein, Roni Research Assistant

Latest Publications

  1. McGuire, M., de Waal, A., Karellis, A., Janssen, R., Engel, N., Sampath, R., Carmona, S., Zwerling, A. A., Suarez, M. F. & Pai, N. P. (2021). HIV self-testing with digital supports as the new paradigm: A systematic review of global evidence (2010-2021). EClinicalMedicine, vol. 39, p. 101059.
  2. Kuppalli, K., Gala, P., Cherabuddi, K., Kalantri, S. P., Mohanan, M., Mukherjee, B., Pinto, L., Prakash, M., Pramesh, C. S., Rathi, S., Pai, N. P., Yamey, G. & Pai, M. (2021). India's COVID-19 crisis: a call for international action. Lancet (London, England), vol. 397, p. 2132-2135.
  3. Pai, N. P. & Thomas, R. (2020). Time for HIV self-testing in Canada: a vision and an action plan. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne, vol. 192, p. E1367-E1368.
  4. Kpokiri, E. E., Marley, G., Tang, W., Fongwen, N., Wu, D., Berendes, S., Ambil, B., Loveday, S.-J., Sampath, R., Walker, J. S., Matovu, J. K. B., Boehme, C., Pai, N. P. & Tucker, J. D. (2020). Diagnostic Infectious Diseases Testing Outside Clinics: A Global Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Open forum infectious diseases, vol. 7, p. ofaa360.
  5. Pai, N. P., Karellis, A., Kim, J. & Peter, T. (2020). Modern diagnostic technologies for HIV. The lancet. HIV, vol. 7, p. e574-e581.
  6. Janssen, R., Engel, N., Esmail, A., Oelofse, S., Krumeich, A., Dheda, K. & Pai, N. P. (2020). Alone But Supported: A Qualitative Study of an HIV Self-testing App in an Observational Cohort Study in South Africa. AIDS and behavior, vol. 24, p. 467-474.
  7. Daher, J., Vijh, R., Linthwaite, B., Dave, S., Kim, J., Dheda, K., Peter, T. & Pai, N. P. (2017). Do digital innovations for HIV and sexually transmitted infections work? Results from a systematic review (1996-2017). BMJ open, vol. 7, p. e017604.
  8. Gaydos, C. A., Klausner, J. D., Pai, N. P., Kelly, H., Coltart, C. & Peeling, R. W. (2017). Rapid and point-of-care tests for the diagnosis of Trichomonas vaginalis in women and men. Sexually transmitted infections, vol. 93, p. S31-S35.
  9. Pai, N. P., Smallwood, M., Gulati, D., Lapczak, N., Musten, A., Gaydos, C., Johnston, C., Steben, M., Wong, T., Engel, N. & Kim, J. (2018). What do Key Stakeholders Think About HIV Self-Testing in Canada? Results from a Cross-Sectional Survey. AIDS and behavior, vol. 22, p. 606-615.
  10. Pai, N. P. & Budd, D. (2016). Remaining Questions Concerning Wearable Devices. JAMA internal medicine, vol. 176, p. 1408-9.
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