Dr Karen Yeates is the principal investigator of the highly innovative Kilimanjaro Cervical Screening Project.
The project enables screening of patients in rural areas of Tanzania for cervical cancer by transmitting photos via mobile phones to medical experts at specialized clinics elsewhere.
This project is particularly significant as mortality rates from cervical cancer are quite high in the East African country. Due to lack of access to medical facilities, most instances of the disease are not diagnosed until the late stages.
For her work on this project, Yeates was recently named a Rising Star of Health by Grand Challenges Canada, and is among 68 other innovators who will receive $100,000 grants to pursue their bold concepts for tackling health issues in the developing world.
Yeates is a Staff Nephrologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Queen’s University, and is co-founder and co-director of the Queen’s University School of Medicine Office of Global Health.