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University of Cincinnati neurotrauma team awarded $2.1M to test 'lab on a tube'
Date:10/18/2010

ve further development and testing of the engineering design and sensor technology. The second phase will involve testing the sensor in animals against gold-standard, FDA-approved technologies. During the final phase, researchers will assess the device's safety in a clinical trial involving about 40 patients.

Physicians currently achieve the accepted standard of care by monitoring three parameters in the NSICU at UC Health University Hospital: intracranial pressure, brain oxygen and temperature.

Intracranial EEG is monitored in some patients who are enrolled in a clinical research study.

Development of the smart catheter began when members of the department of neurosurgery and Neurotrauma Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute expressed the need for a multimodality monitoring device for neurotrauma patients. UC engineers, working to fulfill this need, developed the preliminary working model of the multimodal tube in 2009. The prototype for a smart neuro-catheter was engineered by Li, then a postdoctoral fellow in the UC department of neurosurgery who was training under Ahn. Concepts for a lab-on-a-tube device with multimodality sensors were developed in the microsystems and bioMEMS laboratory headed by Ahn.

A patent is pending for the tube.


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Contact: Cindy Starr
cstarr@mayfieldclinic.com
513-558-3505
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Source:Eurekalert

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