Re­searchers in New Zealand de­sign brain mon­i­tor­ing de­vice

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Science News -

A re­search team from the Univer­sity of Otago, Wellington (UOW) in New Zealand has re­ceived a $1 mil­lion grant to de­velop a non-in­va­sive de­vice for the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of stroke and brain in­juries.

Con­trary to cur­rent in­va­sive or ex­pen­sive tech­nolo­gies such as imag­ing equip­ment to de­tect lack of oxy­gen to the brain, the new de­vice is in­tended to be safe, cheap and quick.

The re­searchers aim to de­sign new sen­sors with the abil­ity to iden­tify a wide range of brain in­jury biomark­ers, in­clud­ing tis­sue dif­fu­sion and per­fu­sion. To be de­signed and built in the coun­try, the new de­vice is ex­pected to de­liver a com­plete pic­ture of brain in­jury pro­cesses to al­low tar­geted treat­ments.

It is ex­pected that the abil­ity of the de­vice to de­tect the com­mon brain in­jury mech­a­nism, is­chemia, will en­able treat­ment of var­i­ous neu­rovas­cu­lar dis­or­ders.

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