Got Fakes?

Fake medicines, like "amoxicillin" that contains chalk instead of antibiotic, kills hundreds of thousands of people each year, mostly in low-income countries. In this hands-on activity, you will learn how chemistry, paper microfluidics, image analysis, and the power of citizen science create a new technology for solving a real problem in the world. We'll use the cards on simulated drug samples, and I will highlight how Notre Dame undergraduate researchers contributed to developing this technology.

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Marya Lieberman

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

College of Science

About the Lecturer

Dr. Lieberman develops analytical methods for use in low-resource settings, using paper millifluidic devices to carry out operations that are normally done in a laboratory setting. She has many collaborators in Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Bangladesh, and other low- and middle-income countries, where the impact of simple analytical procedures on the quality of cancer care can be high. For example, a test card was created to rapidly screen the quality of chemotherapy products at the point of use; while testing this device at the main cancer clinic of the Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital in Addis Ababa, three batches of falsified cisplatin were uncovered. Dr. Lieberman is interested in collaborating with others who want to answer analytical questions without access to analytical lab instrumentation. She leads the Point-of-Use Platforms theme area for the Institute for Precision Health and her work was recognized in 2020 with the Reinhold Niebuhr award for social justice.

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