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Understanding Testing to Help Manage the COVID-19 Pandemic

Event Date - Oct. 19

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What happens behind the scenes when COVID-19 tests are sent off for processing?

Dr. Omai Garner, section chief and director of clinical microbiology for the UCLA Health System, pulls back the curtain to explain the process and science behind COVID-19 diagnostic testing. This informative session will help you understand why false positive and negative test results occur, why there are various wait times to receive test results, and ultimately, how we get the best information about COVID-19 testing.

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Dr. Omai Garner is an associate clinical professor and director of clinical microbiology in the UCLA Health System. He received his Ph.D. from UC San Diego in biomedical sciences. He was a postdoctoral clinical microbiology CPEP fellow in the department of pathology at UCLA, and a former McNair scholar. Dr. Garner is board certified by the American Board of Medical Microbiology. His research focuses on novel point-of-care devices for infectious disease diagnosis in the developing world. He also serves as the chairman of the board for the Social Justice Learning Institute of Inglewood, Calif. 


Date and Time

Oct. 19
Noon - 1 p.m.


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