Current Projects

This page shows the current projects adopted within academic institutions.

 
 

Point of Care Viral Hepatitis Device

Up to 80% of deaths due to viral hepatitis are not diagnosed before occurring. This project aims to create a POC device to improve results of the screening processes.

Viral Hepatitis is slowly drifting towards becoming the most lethal infectious disease, as tuberculosis-caused deaths are slowly decreasing. Up to 90% of deaths as a result of Hepatitis B go undiagnosed, and up to 80% for Hepatitis C. With rapid diagnostic tests being convenient yet with insufficient sensitivity, many infected persons are not detected in screening processes. Thus this project sets out to develop a device that improves on the current screening devices.

Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London

Currently, the project has been adopted by Dr. Sylvain Ladame, an expert in biomarkers for disease detection.

Over the summer of 2018, an intercalated BSc student from the Department of Medicine ran an investigation to assess whether viral Hepatitis could be detected via the the measurement of miRNA concentrations.

The project is now modulated in two, with a team of 2nd-year students of Biomolecular Engineering designing and prototyping a device; and an MSc student developing the sensitive element of the device.

 

Pill-Organiser for Self-Medication

A pill organiser for orphans in Casa do Gaiato-Maputo to self medicate appropriately. Motivated by the poor disease management due to limited number of healthcare workers.

Casa do Gaiato is an orphanage (amongst other things) 2 hours away from Maputo. In a country where 11.5% of the population is infected with HIV/AIDS, the orphanage is not exempt from this statistic. With the few health workers and significant treatment that is retroviral drugs, children find themselves undereducated and taking a lot of time and resources from the healthcare centre at the orphanage. Thus a proposed project by Fundación Mozambique Sur is the creation of a pillbox that informs the children when they need to take a specific pill. In addition to this, disease management is known to be poor but it is not quantified, so implementing a data acquisition process can shed light on how poor the disease management is, and it can aid to identify the children that are at higher risk of forgetting, and behavioural trends associated with their activities and age.

In addition to this, disease management is known to be poor but it is not quantified, so implementing a data acquisition process can shed light on how poor the disease management is, and it can aid to identify the children that are at higher risk of forgetting, and behavioural trends associated with their activities and age.

Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London

Currently, the project has been adopted by Dr. Spyros Masouros and Dr. Em Drakakis, experts in biomechanics and biomedical device electronics, respectively.

Over the summer of 2018, a student of Biomedical Engineering, and another of Mechanical Engineering undertook the concept design. And, currently, a final year MEng Biomedical Engineering student has been undergoing prototyping cycles.