KKU researchers come up with NGAL Protein Test Strip that detects disorders of kidney in 15 minutes – an invention for self-prevention of renal failure

Researcher team of Khon Kaen University led by Assoc. Prof. Jureerat Daduang, M.D., Ph.D., succeeded in developing the NGAL (Neutrophil Gelatinase-associated Lipocalin) Urine Protein Test Strip, a kit that assists in screening for first stage disorders of ureter. The test only takes 15 minutes and the result can be read for the amount of NGAL protein in urine in nano-gram. The test kit precision is approximately 90%. With its small size, ease of use, people can now have access to renal disorder screening on their own, using 20 micro-liter of urine. If 2 lines appear, it means that the person should receive further diagnosis and medical treatment.

The latest news is that the NGAL Protein Test Strip has received the prize at the “Good” level from the 2023 Higher Education Innovation Contest, organized by the National Research Council, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation. The prize included a trophy and cash award, presented in August this year.

Now, the NGAL Protein Test Strip is under the step of additional clinical tests. In the future, of the Test Strip can be produced commercially, people can have easy access to the screening of renal diseases. This means decrease of governmental expenditure in importing test kits and the load in caring and treating of patients with chronic renal failure.

Kidney diseases can be prevented by controlling the level of blood pressure and sugar, by refraining from eating tasty and salty foods, as well as by drinking adequate water and exercising regularly. Another recommendation is to refrain from continuously taking medicine in sets or herbal medicine for a long time. Medicine should be taken as prescribed by doctors or pharmacists only.

News: Watchara Noichompoo


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