2011 CIMIT Prize finalists named

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The Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) has announced 10 finalists in its competition for the 2011 CIMIT Prize for Primary Healthcare. Each engineering student team will be awarded $10,000 to develop a final proposal for innovative technology to serve the needs of the frontlines of healthcare.

The 10 teams must submit final proposals by May 31. Three winners will then be chosen from the 10, and announced on June 30. The top three teams will receive $150,000, $100,000 and $50,000, respectively.

The 10 finalists, institutions and projects selected for the final round of the 2011 CIMIT Primary Healthcare Prize are:

  • Brian Bell Jr., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).: “GetWell: Innovative web-based tool to address health literacy;”
  • Pablo Bello, MIT, “Somnus Sleep Diagnostics Shirt;”
  • Melodie Benford, Texas A &M University: “An Innovative Point-of-Care Blood Biomarker Device for Diagnosing Heart Attacks;”
  • Yoonju Cho, Johns Hopkins University: “Noninvasive Measurement of Central Venous Pressure for Primary Care Environments;”
  • George Daaboul, Boston University: “Rapid Label Free Multi-pathogen Diagnostic Platform with Multi-Parameter Single Virus Detection for Point of Care Setting;”
  • Matt Dubach, Northeastern University: “Lighting up Diagnostics: Continuous Monitoring of Electrolyte Imbalances;”
  • Kejia Li, Kansas State University: “Everyday Carry Wireless Health Monitor with Customizable Surface Components;”
  • Asanterabi Malima, Northeastern University: “Highly Sensitive Micron Scale In-vivo Biosensor for  Multiple Biomarker Detection;”
  • Elliot Swart, Yale University: “Low Cost Scanner for Monitoring Shape, Color, and Volume Characteristics of Melanocytic Nevi;” and
  • John Waldeisen, University of California, Berkeley: “Self-powered Blood Coagulation Chip for INR Value and Hematocrit Determination.”

The CIMIT Prize for Primary Healthcare Competition is a national competition open to graduate and undergraduate engineering students from accredited engineering programs. Areas of particular interest include improving access to medical care, leveraging the skill of caregivers, automating routine tasks, increasing efficiency of workflow, supporting patients dealing with chronic diseases, increasing compliance with care protocols and developing tools to enhance the physician-patient relationship.

CIMIT is a Boston-based nonprofit consortium of leading teaching hospitals and universities, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration in translational research, medicine, science and engineering with industry, foundations and government to improve patient care.