A window to our health

Early in his career, Dennis Lo questioned why invasive and sometimes life threatening methods of diagnosing diseases in DNA, continued to take place. His research enabled him to develop a non-invasive technique for prenatal testing. Today he shares with us how he hopes that with a similar technology a single blood test could be used in early cancer detection.
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Dennis Lo: Medical testing

Dennis Lo is the Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, the Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine and Professor of Chemical Pathology of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is also the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Medicine of CUHK. Lo’s most ground-breaking research has enabled him to develop a non-invasive technique for prenatal testing. The research took years of struggling until Lo had the unique idea of looking for the baby’s DNA in the mother’s cell-free plasma. “I thought, maybe we’ve been looking in the wrong place for the last 10 to 20 years,” Lo said. The revelation allows families to learn about the health of a developing fetus, avoiding previously risky procedures. After honing this technique, Lo is now investigating its potential applications for early cancer detection.

 

To find out more about Dennis: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/med/cpy/Research/AcademicProfiles.htm

 

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