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The Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing Evaluation Consortium (NAATEC)

Founded: 1/1/2021

Principle Investigator: Dr. James Lyons-Weiler, PhD, Director and Scientific Director

NAATEC is an international collaboration of scientists and doctors conducting research on the evaluation of qRT-PCR testing used in the diagnosis of pathogens such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Our goal for 2021-2024 is to evaluate the accuracy, sensitivity and specificity of PCR-testing as implemented in the diagnosis of COVID19. 

The specific studies will include:

-Independent empirical evaluation of the accuracy, sensivity and specificity of qRT-PCR protocols in clinical samples suspected of containing whole or partial genomes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

-Independent empirical assessment of the presence of other respiratory pathogens in samples diagnosed as confirmed or suspected COVID19 cases.

-Determination of the likely correct viral status of patient samples using sequencing-based technologies.

Proposal status: Draft

IRB Approval: Pending

Funding requested: $300,000

Consortium Members


Dr. James Lyons-Weiler is the Principal Investigator, Director and Scientific Director of the Consortium. - Biosketch

Prof. Dolores Cahill is the Coordinator of the consortium and will clone the studies with Consortium resources in Europe. - DoloresCahill.com

Dr. Sin Hang Lee MD, F.R.C.P.(C), FCAP  is Senior Research Scientist and will oversee the laboratory processing and production of data for each of the studies being conducted. Millford Molecular Diagnostics is the performance site of data production.

Dr. Henry Ealy - Clinical Advisor

Dr. Ealy insures that patients enrolled in the study are afforded informed consent and given the opportunity to find medical care for COVID19 at each enrollment site.

Energetic Health Institute 

Kevin Jenkins - Communications Coordinator

Urban Global Health Alliance

TBN - Bioinformatics Specialist - IPAK

Publications

Lee, SH. Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in cellular components by routine nested RT-PCR followed by DNA sequencing. Int. J Geriat and Rehac 2:69-96. http://www.int-soc-clin-geriat.com/info/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Dr.-Lees-paper-on-testing-for-SARS-CoV-2.pdf

Lyons-Weiler, 2020. Balance of Risk in COVID-19 Reveals the extreme cost of the false positives. Intern J Vacc Theor, Pract, Research 1(2):209-222. https://ijvtpr.com/index.php/IJVTPR/article/view/15

Lyons-Weiler, J. 2020. Lyons-Weiler, J. 2020. Plan B public health infrastructure and operations oversight reform for America. Intl J Vacc Theor, Pract, Research 1(2):283-294. https://ijvtpr.com/index.php/IJVTPR/article/view/19

 Ealy, H. M . McEvoy, J Nowicki, M Sava and N Ruggles. 2021. An Evidence-Based Position Paper to Ensure Ethical Conduct. (444 pages) 3/26/2021 - Executive Summary and full Report available online at GreenMedInfo

In the Press:

Half of CDC Coronvirus Test Kits Are Inaccurate Study Finds - MSN.com

CDC Coronavirus Test Kits Generate 30% False Positive and 20% False Negative Results - Connecticut Pathologist’s Newly Published Findings Confirm - Business Wire



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