NIIM Pathogen Blood Test Research Study

NIIM conducts the Pathogen Blood testing as part of a clinical study.

The study has been approved by an NHMRC registered ethics committee, and is registered on the Australia New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry.

Our current research trial involves innovative testing including DNA analysis to isolate and identify Borrelia bacteria or other infectious agents in patients.

Do you have Lyme-disease like symptoms?

At NIIM we have developed an new diagnostic technique involving microscopy and PCR-DNA analysis, which can help with the diagnosis of Borrelia and/or other infections in patients presenting with Lyme disease like symptoms.

The NIIM Pathogen Blood Test:

Lyme-like Diseases & Advanced Pathogen DNA Blood Test

Patients provide 10 ml of blood for

Part 1: microscopy analysis and

Part 2 : PCR-DNA analysis of

  • Borrelia – all species
  • Rickettsia – all species
  • Babesia divergens group
    Bartonella – all species, optional
    + Fungal/Mould infection – DNA sequencing

What are the costs?

The NIIM Pathogen Blood Test is done in 2 stages. Part 2 is optional in addition to Part 1.
The costs for Part 1 of the NIIM Pathogen Blood Test (screening/microscopy) are $850 plus $100 for overnight/interstate shipping, if required.
The costs for Part 2 (PCR-DNA analysis) are $250 (from 20.2.2017).

To book an appointment for the NIIM Pathogen Blood test.
Call the NIIM clinic on 03 9804 0646 and request the NIIM Pathogen Blood Test.

Pathogen Blood Test Request forms

Victoria Patients Form – Download Victorian NIIM Pathogen Blood Test Request Form

Interstate Patients Form – Download Interstate (Non-Victorian) NIIM Pathogen Blood Test Request Form

For more information

Contact Nikolaj Travica or A/Prof Dr Karin Ried, Research Director and Principal Investigator

Nikolaj Travica
P: 03 9912 9544

A/Prof Dr Karin Ried
P: 03 9912 9545