An enthusiastic innovator
David Moore was overall winner at the 2005 Medical Futures Innovation Awards, where he also scooped first place for the best innovation to improve global health. His idea is a new test for detecting active tuberculosis. Keri-Michèle Lodge caught up with him.
- By: Keri-Michèle Lodge
Enthusiastic, principled, approachable, tired, but happy.
The “tuberculosis world” is somewhat conservative and is suspicious of the introduction of liquid culture based diagnostics for fear of contamination and biosafety, and direct susceptibility testing (as opposed to indirect testing in which a cultured strain rather then the clinical specimen is cultured in the presence of drug). There is still a way to go to overcome these conventional dogmas.
It almost never rains in Lima, and the driving is insane. And everybody speaks Spanish. But the needs are immense and the rewards considerable.
I get choked up when I try to explain to my children what an extraordinary person Nelson Mandela is. I think they are getting the message.