Career of the Month: An Interview With Medical Diagnostics Scientist Bernhard Weigl by: Megan Sullivan

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Medical diagnostics help us evaluate a range of disorders, such as cancer and infectious diseases. In the United States and other developed countries, doctors have access to advanced equipment and laboratories that provide reliable diagnoses. As a result, when we are sick, we feel confident that we will get the treatment we need. Unfortunately, for many developing countries around the world, these kinds of resources do not exist. The Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)—an international nonprofit that designs health technologies such as vaccines and diagnostics specifically for developing countries—is one organization working to change this imbalance. As a medical diagnostics scientist at PATH, Bernhard Weigl develops inexpensive, portable, user-friendly diagnostics that provide fast and reliable test results. His tools help communities with minimal health care resources get proper care and treatment.

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Publication Date
1/1/2010

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  • on Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:28 PM

This gentleman works through an organization called Path that helps to develop inexpensive, portable, user friendly tools that are reliable diagnostic tests to provide fast diagnosis of diseases in underdeveloped countries. The reader learns about this job requirement and the overwhelming need for such tools. This person oversees many other people and has job duties that take him away from the lab. Learning about his numerous job requirements help young people understand that some science jobs require administrative knowledge as well as science.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)


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