Types and Uses of Various SARS-CoV-19 Tests

Recorded On: 10/07/2020

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-19) was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since that time, it has rapidly spread across the globe.  To help combat the epidemic, multiple testing techniques have been developed.  Such technologies include molecular and diagnostic assays which detect active infection as well as antibody tests that may identify if a person has been previously exposed to the virus.  In this webinar the process and science of the various testing strategies will be discussed as well as a look toward future testing techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between diagnostic and antibody tests for SARS-CoV-19.
  • Describe the differences, pros, and cons between a nucleic acid and antigen diagnostic test.
  • Given a patient case, identify the best SARS-CoV-19 test to use.

Stephanie James, PhD, MBA

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Science, Regis University School of Pharmacy

Dr. Stephanie James is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Science in the Regis University School of Pharmacy, where she teaches the immunology and infectious disease units.  She is also the current laboratory director of the Regis University Pharmacy testing lab where she processes and tests patient samples for coronavirus.  Dr. James earned her PhD in Biological Education from the University of Northern Colorado and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: October 7, 2023

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