Professors Cunningham and Bashir mentor students to success in healthcare tech competition
Susan McKenna, Department of Bioengineering
10/4/2016 8:39:54 AM
Anurup Ganguli, a PhD student in bioengineering, received this year’s first prize of $150,000 in the Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare competition, administered by Massachusetts General Hospital through its Ambulatory Practice of the Future (APF) initiative.
The team developed its project under the mentorship and guidance of ECE affiliate faculty member Rashid Bashir, who is an Abel Bliss Professor in Bioengineering and head of the Department of Bioengineering, as well as ECE Professor Brian T Cunningham, who is also a Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Bioengineering and director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL) at Illinois.
All of the team members conduct research in the MNTL. The team’s further efforts to refine and propagate the technology will be accelerated by this $150,000 award, with the ultimate goal of having a significant impact on healthcare challenges worldwide.
Each year, the competition awards $400,000 in prizes to the most promising of the projects submitted. Ten finalists are selected early in the competition, and each receives $10,000 to continue their work. Among the 10 finalists is Qian Chen, a PhD student in computer science at Illinois, whose project is “Population Screening for Chronic Disease Using Smartphone Sensors.”
With this announcement, the portfolio of student-led primary-care projects supported by the prize funds during its eight-year history expands to 80. The objective of all these projects is to improve care delivery at the frontlines of medicine, primary care.
Dr. Benjamin Crocker, Medical Director of the MGH APF, added, “In our commitment to improve the paradigm of care for patients, we seek new tools enabled by novel technologies, which can improve our ability to make rapid and more accurate medical decisions and engage patients in their care, whether patients are in the clinic or elsewhere. We believe that with such tools, the primary-care teams of the future will play an even more effective role in streamlining diagnosis and treatment, thereby reducing the cost and adverse outcomes that result from inefficiency and delay in appropriate care.”
This news can also be seen on the Engineering at Illinois website here.