Changing the Way of Medicine
A First for Wearable Sensors
Dr. Marvin Slepian, director of the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation , was co-investigator in the development of a stretchable, wearable medical device – about the size of a quarter – that measures biomarkers to reveal the body’s response to exercise.We wanted to rapidly and painlessly obtain information, without needles, about the body’s internal milieu.
A Light in the Dark
Associate professor Erika Eggers is using $2.8 million in grants from the National Eye Institute and the National Science Foundation to better understand how increased levels of light increase visual acuity. She hopes to develop cell-based models for drugs that can slow or reverse vision loss.If we succeed, it will increase our understanding of normal vision and our ability to recognize changes that portend visual disturbances and loss.
Strain in the Brain
A paper on traumatic brain injury lead authored by BME assistant professor Kaveh Laksari examined 537 head impacts across 31 athletes. It found that some of today’s most harmful injuries are the result of stretching and straining well below the surface of the brain.Our goal was to understand the underlying mechanism of the brain deformation during an impact. That will enable us to provide better diagnosis and prevention in the future.
Smartphones for Eye Screening
Associate professor Wolfgang Fink, whose inventions have helped restore partial sight to the blind, is creating telemedical devices for blindness prevention.It would be something that provides quality health care to those in austere environments like third-world countries, to those deployed in the field or on a ship.
Tracking a Silent Killer
Professor Jennifer Barton, director of BIO5, is leading a team to identify biomarkers and developing optical imaging tools to screen for ovarian cancer, often called a “silent killer.”Our goal is…to build a viable optical imaging technology that will enable early detection and save lives.
(National Science Foundation)