Researchers in New Zealand design brain monitoring device
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.