From lab bench to lab results: Diagnostics for developing countries

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by in Academic Departments, Biomedical Engineering, Healthcare and Medicine, Issues, Magazine, Research

Biomedical Engineering Professor David Beebe and his collaborator, Oncology Professor Emeritus Richard Burgess, have received a Point-of-Care Diagnostics grant through Grand Challenges in Global Health, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The initiative seeks to engage creative minds across scientific disciplines—including those who have not traditionally taken part in health research—to work on solutions that could lead to breakthrough advances for those in the developing world. With the grant, Beebe, Burgess and their collaborators will streamline a process for preparing patient samples such as blood and urine, among others, for point-of-care diagnostics in developing countries.

Their technology could be useful anywhere that quick, accurate lab results are needed. “We’re testing to make sure it works under the types of conditions seen in the developing world—including dusty, high temperature and high humidity—as well as adapting it for use with a variety of samples and different types of downstream analysis technologies,” says Beebe. “Ultimately, we hope this technology will contribute to the development of high-performance, low-cost diagnostics to help manage disease monitoring and treatment in the developing world.”

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