India-U.S. Grand Challenge: Affordable Blood Pressure Measurement Technologies for Low-Resource Settings in India and the U.S.
Hypertension diagnosis and management is a critical healthcare issue. However, the basic underlying approach for the measurement of Blood Pressure has essentially remained the same for the past several decades. This is an obvious area that is ripe for disruptive technological innovation
The purpose of this Indo-US Grand Challenge Initiative between Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), NIH, USA is to encourage collaborative research within and between both the countries to propose new approaches to the measurement of Blood Pressure that are unobtrusive or passive, low cost and which can automatically provide frequent data recording and reporting to healthcare workers as well as feed back to the patients. It is expected that this partnership between the two countries will leverage knowledge and material resources to develop new technologies which are relevant for low resource settings not only in their respective political domain but other similar settings all over the world. Primary focus of the work is "accurate measurement" and "simplicity & ruggedness" of the device, doing away the need of cuffs and clinical expertise to carry out the measurement.
SERB and NIBIB have launched two separate and parallel, but fully coordinated, funding opportunity announcements in India and the U.S. respectively to promote research in this area and generate alternate scientific approaches and technological options. It is expected that this partnership between the two countries will leverage knowledge and material resources to develop new technologies which are relevant for low resource settings not only in their respective political domain but other similar settings all over the world.
|Title of the Proposal||Lead PI|
|Development of a low cost arterial tonometry based blood pressure monitoring device||Santosh Noronha Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay|
|Arterial Compliance Probe for Cuff-less Blood Pressure Measurement||Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam Indian Institute of Technology, Madras|
|Rapid Real time Blood Pressure Measurement and Hypertensive Predisposition Diagnostics using Pulse Transit Time and Blood Pressure Variability||Bala Pesala CSIR-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute|
|A Low Cost and Easy to use Cuff-less Blood Pressure Measuring Device using Pulse Transit Time and Pre-ejection Period||Sujay Deb Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi|
|Cuff-less Noninvasive Blood Pressure Measurement using Radial Arterial Pressure Patch||Sittikanta Roy Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi|
|Blood Pressure Measurement Device based on Flexible Organic thin film transistors||Dipti Gupta Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay|
|Title of the Proposal||Lead PI|
|Unobtrusive and Affordable Blood Pressure Monitoring via Pulse transit time||Ramakrishna Mukkamala Michigan State University|
|Low-cost Microelectronic Ultrasound System for Unobtrusive BP Measurement||Thomas Heldt Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Development of Blood Pressure Imager||Mohan Thanikachalam Tufts University Boston|
|Unassisted Blood Pressure Monitoring using Arterial Tonometry and Photoplethysmography||Sanjay Mehrotra Northwestern University at Chicago|
|An Instantaneous Ultrasonic Personal Blood Pressure Monitor||David Frederick Lemmerhirt Sonetics Ultrasound, Inc.|
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