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Nov. 13, 2023

Bige Deniz Unluturk's team awarded $1.1M NIH grant for infant research

Bige Deniz Unluturk's team awarded $1.1M NIH grant for infant research aimed to create wearable medical device

Nov. 13, 2023

A Michigan State University College of Engineering researcher and her team have been awarded a $1.1 million grant to develop a wearable sensor for premature infants. 

MSU's Bige Deniz Unluturk is part of the team that's been awarded the grant along with researchers from Department of Pediatrics at UMass Chan Medical School and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Bige Deniz Unluturk is an assistant professor in the MSU College of Engineering's Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.

The sensor, once developed, is considered a tool that will address racial bias in healthcare. It will monitor oxygen levels and correct measurements to account for variations in skin color. 

This four-year project aims to create an affordable, non-invasive sensor about the size of a bandage that will enable infants at risk of lung disease to leave hospital sooner and be accurately monitored at home. 

For more information about the $1.1 million grant, awarded by the National Institutes of Health, visit the Worchester Polytechnic Institute's website.