Creative Inquiry

Current Projects


Designing Medical Technology for the Developing World

Description

Developing countries face healthcare challenges every day, whether it is lack of supplies or a shortage of healthcare professionals. Medical devices and equipment that are considered standard in hospitals in the United States can be hard to find and very expensive in developing countries, such as Tanzania. Tanzania has recently made significant advances with the quality of their healthcare; however, the infant mortality rate is still ten times greater than that of the United States. This is due to the lack of technology available and untrained healthcare professionals to use these medical devices. The goal of this Creative Inquiry team is to design and develop medical instrumentation and monitors that are robust, user-friendly, and low-cost for developing countries. The students on this team will be expected to work on electronics and instrument design. The first project will focus on developing a neonatal temperature sensing and control system for the prevention of hyperthermia in premature babies for Tanzanian health centers. The next projects will focus on development and design of cheap pulse oximeter and electrocardiography systems to monitor the blood oxygen levels and heart rates in these babies. These types of projects not only have the ability to improve the lives of young infants and families, but they can also impact the medical field in developing nations worldwide. Applications for the team are typically due at the end of the semester. Please see the department of Bioengineering website for details: http://www.clemson.edu/ces/bioe/creative-inquiry.html

Courses (See instructor for enrollment)

Creative Inq Bio E (BIOE 4510 010)
Research in Bio E (BIOE 4910 003)

Team Leader(s)

Delphine Dean, PhDBioengineering
Jorge Rodriguez, PhDBioengineering
John D DesJardins, PhDBioengineering
Kayla Gainey, BSBioengineering

Accomplishments

Clemson students head to Africa to help save lives - Powdersville Post - powdersvillepost.pdf
 Cindy Landrum, "Clemson research could help diabetics worldwide", Greenville Journal, Mar. 20, 2014
GlucoSense, Clemson University, 2014 “Cure it!” Undergraduate Team Winner
Kayla and Alex present at EurekaFest
Kayla and Alex present at the Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest
Intro to Clemson EWH
Glucosense Glucometer
delphine.jpegKatelyn Rye and Sarah Stafford (with Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, co-mentor) won the LIMBS International Design competition on prosthesis/orthosis design for developing countries. The finals were held at UT El Paso. Katelyn and Sarah won first place ($1000). It was for the latest design of the grass-woven neck brace from Tanzania.
Helping improve hospitals in Tanzania - Engineering medical equipment for developing countries
Elpers M., McCaskill, B., Sosdian, L., Dean, D. (2010 October). Low-Cost Temperature Control Alarm Systems Designed for Application in Third World Countries. SouthEast Biomedical Engineering Career Conference.
K. Gainey, K. Byrd, J. Wilson, L. Wiles, J. DesJardins, and D. Dean, _Design of Glucose Testing Strips Using Inkjet Printing_, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Atlanta GA, (Oct. 24-27, 2012)
Kofoed, M., Keith, K., Nicholas, J., Dean, D., and DesJardins, J. (2012). _Medical Equipment Breakdown Survey _ Weil Bugando Referral Hospital, Tanzania_, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Atlanta GA, (Oct. 24-27, 2012).
Wiles, L., Langworthy, S., Halsey, M., DesJardins, J., and Dean, D. (2012). _Development of a Low-Cost Blood Glucose Monitoring System for Implementation in Resource-Poor Settings_, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Atlanta GA, (Oct. 24-27, 2012)
T. Youngman, M. Kofoed, D. Martin, A. Metzger, D. Dean, D. Desjardins, (2013, Sep 26), "Developing a Woven Grass Neck Brace for Low Resource Implementation", Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Seattle, WA.
Devon, A., Gainey, K., Adams, H., Desjardins, J., Dean, D. (2013, Sep 28). "Designing Neonatal Monitoring Devices for Resource-Poor Settings", Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Seattle, WA.
K. Gainey, P. Ovington, J. Desjardins, D. Dean (2013, Sep 26 and Sep 25-28) "Design of Low Cost Glucometer and InkJet Printed Test Strips", Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Seattle, WA.
Adams, H., Adams, R., Devon, C., Hall, R., Hargett, A., Herbst, A., Ovington, P., Rye, K., Stafford, S., Tibbs, M., Veliz, J., Youngblood, R., Dean, D., Desjardins, J., Gainey, K., Metzger, A., Rodriguez, J. (2014, April). Designing medical technology for developing countries Poster presented at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum, Clemson, SC.
Adams, H., Adams, R., Devon, C., Hall, R., Hargett, A., Herbst, A., Ovington, P., Rye, K., Stafford, S., Tibbs, M., Veliz, J., Youngblood, R., Dean, D., Desjardins, J., Gainey, K., Metzger, A., Rodriguez, J. (2014, April). Designing medical technology for developing countries Poster presented at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum, Clemson, SC.
Lemelson-MIT "Cure It!" Undergraduate PrizeThe Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition is a nationwide search for the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students, with winning undergraduate teams receiving $10,000 in two categories and graduate student winners receiving $15,000 in two categories: “Cure it!” for students with inventions that can improve healthcare“Use it!” for students with inventions that can improve consumer devices and tools Tyler Ovington, Alex Devon, and Kayla Gainey won in the “Cure it!” undergraduate team category for their work in the Designing Medical Technology for the Developing World Creative Inquiry project. The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.http://lemelson.mit.edu/winners/tyler-ovington-clemson-university-10000-%E2%80%9Ccure-it%E2%80%9D-un...
The Woven Solutions team (Matthew Kofoed, Danielle Martin, Adam Metzger, and Tyler Youngman) from our CI won the Spiro Institute_s Social LaunchPad Competition in April, 2013, for their work on woven neck braces that can be produced and used in low-technology areas such as rural Tanzania.
Katelyn Rye (just graduated in May) and Sarah Stafford (rising junior won the LIMBS International Design competition on prosthesis/orthosis design for developing countries. The finals were held at UT El Paso this weekend and Katelyn and Sarah won first place ($1000). It was for the latest design of the grass-woven neck brace from Tanzania

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