SEAS researchers demonstrate pediatric asthma research technology to Congressional staff

May 10, 2018

Dr. Li in his lab

Dr. Zhenyu Li (Department of Biomedical Engineering), Dr. Mona Zaghloul (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering), and doctoral students Baichen Li, Quan Dong, and Scott Downen were invited to give a technology demonstration at the NIH/NIBIB (National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering) on May 4 as part of the NIBIB Showcase for Congressional Staff.  The event is organized annually by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) to educate and inform policy makers about the importance of federal funding for biomedical innovation in tackling society’s grand challenges. 

The SEAS team demonstrated the cloud-based wearable and portable sensors they developed for the NIH PRISMS program.  The wearable technology consists of a tobacco smoke sensor and a portable air pollution gas monitor (ozone and NO2), which are connected to a cloud-based informatics system for data storage, management, and analytics. 

PRISMS is the Pediatric Research using Integrated Sensor Monitoring Systems program.  It seeks to develop a non-invasive health monitoring system for pediatric asthma research and to make the resulting environmental and health data available to epidemiologists.