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The National Institute for Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Laboratories
The institute has several laboratories where research and testing can be done. These are: -

NATIONAL HIV/AIDS REFERENCE LABORATORY

  • Screening and Confirmation of HIV/AIDS Disease in individuals.
  • Estimation of cells of Immune System to monitor disease status.
  • Estimating the Volume of the Virus in the blood (Viral load).
  • Identifying Opportunistic Infections.
  • Research into Cost- Effective Intervention Strategies to stem the spread of diseases and much more.


SEROLOGY/IMMUNOLOGY LABORATORY

  • Screening for HIV antibodies (Rapid and ELISA methods)
  • Confirmation of HIV-Serostatus (ELISA and Western Blot)
  • Estimation of Serum Immuoglobulin levels (IgG, IgA, IgM)
  • Estimation of responses of Iymphocytes to stimulation with mitogens such as PHA, Con-A, pwm.
  • Measurement of cytoxic T-cells ( c TKs).
  • Automated estimation of CD4/CD8 cell levels.
  • Flowcytometry


HAEMATOLOGY LABORATORY

  • Capacity to establish levels of twelve haematological parameters including Haemoglobin, Packed Cell Volume (PCV), White Blood Cell Count (WBC), Differential Platelet Counts, Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR).


CLINICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

  • Measurement of biomedical profiles, including serum proteins, (albumins, globulins), liver function test (Serum bilirubin, AST, ALT, Alkaline phosphatase), gammas GT, blood sugar, plasma lipid. (HDL, LDL), serum cholesterol, uric acid, kidney function tests (Urea, Creatinine), and Cardiac enzymes (Creatine phosphokinase).
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MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY

  • Facilities for baseline microbiology including microscopy, culture and sensitivity. Special microbiological techniques for research investigations in fungal, bacterial and parasitic infections (tuberculosis, Histoplasmosis, Candidiasis, Cryptococosis, Cryptosporidiasis).


VIROLOGY 

  • Facilities for virological investigations including measurement of viral antigen (P24), determination of viral load levels through the measurement of plasma RNA using the Polymerase Chain Reaction Method (PCR),and HIV subtyping.

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