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Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Project for Radiation Exposure Research Awarded to SRI International
Date:2/23/2010

sorbed by potentially large numbers of individuals, since treatment options are dose-dependent and time-sensitive," said David Cooper, Ph.D., director of SRI's Sensor Systems Laboratory. "The goal is to develop a point-of-care device for first responders to easily determine whether an individual will require further testing and treatment by health care professionals."

In this first phase of the project, SRI will test and validate a panel of biomarkers to determine if they are accurate indicators of radiation levels. In subsequent phases, SRI will develop a prototype radiation dose assessment tool known as a biodosimeter. This handheld device will ultimately be used in clinical tests to demonstrate that the amount of radiation to which an individual has been exposed can be measured quickly by detecting biomarkers in a noninvasively collected sample such as blood, urine, or saliva. The biodosimeter will be designed as a simple tool for reading test results, as easy to use as a standard home pregnancy test kit.

The project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response, and Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, under contract HHSO 10020100007C.

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