Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Future Design Contest in Medical Category

More than 800 children are born with sickle cell disease, a common hemoglobin disorder, every day in Africa, and more than half of them die in childhood due to lack of diagnosis and early treatment. In the US, hemoglobin screening of newborns is mandated for early diagnosis of hemoglobin disorders, so that, monitoring and treatment can be started immediately. However, this strategy has not been widely available in Africa and other third-world countries, due to limited resources and lack of technologies that can perform hemoglobin screening conveniently and quickly. There is a need for simple, fast, and mobile analyses of hemoglobin types in newborn blood with which to diagnose hemoglobinopathies while the baby is still on-site. Team’s HemeChip design addresses these needs.

Other team members are Ryan Ung (Undergraduate Student in Biomedical Engineering),
Megan Romelfanger (Undergraduate Student in Biomedical Engineering), Asya Akkus (High School Student), Connie Piccone, MD (University Hospitals and Case School of Medicine), Jane Little, MD (University Hospitals and Case School of Medicine), and Umut Gurkan, PhD. Team’s prize is an HP Workstation Computer and the award ceremony will be held in New York City on November 7, 2014.

This project is funded by Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership and the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland, UL1TR000439 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) component of the National Institutes of Health and NIH roadmap for Medical Research. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has attracted more than 8,000 product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs, and students worldwide. The contest's principal sponsors are COMSOL, Mouser, and Tech Briefs Media Group.

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