Sexually transmitted infections biomedical HIV prevention point-of care tests for syphilis and HIV
Dr. Ameeta (Ami) Singh completed her undergraduate medical degree at Nottingham University (UK) in 1989. This was followed by an internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Alberta, which were completed in 1996. In 2002, she completed a Masters of Science in Epidemiology at Harvard University.
She was the Alberta provincial consultant for sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBI) from 1998 to 2008, and the Medical Director of the Edmonton STI Clinic from 1998 to 2014. She served as an HIV consultant for federal corrections at the Edmonton Institution for Women from 2000-2017. She maintains a general infectious diseases practice at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton and an HIV/STI outpatient practice at the Edmonton STI Clinic. She has also served as a consultant to the Government of Nunavut since 2017.
Her academic interests are in the area of sexually transmitted infections and HIV, particularly in guideline development, program evaluation, prevention and rapid testing.
Global Health/Tropical Diseases has been a long standing area of interest of hers. In 2016, she completed the Gorgas Advanced Course in Tropical Medicine in Lima, Peru. She has previously worked as a WHO/PAHO consultant in the development of a national STI Strategy in Guyana and co-authored a background systematic review for the WHO HIV Treatment Guidelines in 2015. She has also served as a visiting Infectious Diseases lecturer at Mbarara University in Uganda.
Through her work, she has become keenly aware of the importance of the social determinants of health and in particular, the impact of homelessness on health. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of Pregnancy Pathways, an Edmonton based coalition currently piloting a housing program for street involved pregnant women.
Her personal interests include spending time with family and friends, travelling and hiking especially in the Rockies. She maintains a personal goal of practicing more yoga!
Research areas of interest:
Sexually transmitted infections, especially bacterial STIs (syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, Mycoplasma genitalium).
HIV Prevention, including PrEP.
Point-of-care diagnostic tests for syphilis and HIV.
Stopping Syphilis Transmission in Arctic Communities with Rapid Tests (STAR Study) [http://webapps.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/decisions/p/project_details.html?applId=388947&lang=en]
Point of Care Tests for Syphilis and HIV (PoSH study) in Alberta