Good News from Fri, 30 December, 2011:

TUT seeks better asthma diagnosis for children

Diagnosing asthma in young children is challenging Diagnosing asthma in young children is challenging

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tampere University of Technology (TUT) is launching a project with the aim of commercialising technology for diagnosing childhood asthma.

The aim of the project is to establish a spinoff company with potential to succeed in the international market.

The researchers involved in the project are developing a device for diagnosing childhood asthma. They will build prototypes and create the first version of the software that will be used in analysing respiratory measurements.

Diagnosing asthma in children under the age of five is difficult. The new method will enable continuous around-the-clock measurement of the child’s respiration at rest. Changes in lung volumes during respiration will be indirectly measured through electrodes placed on the child’s skin.

This method will help physicians arrive at the correct asthma diagnosis at an early stage as well as enable respiratory measurements at home, which requires fewer healthcare resources than measurements taken in a clinical setting.

The project brings together researchers from various disciplines represented at TUT, such as biomedical engineering, signal processing, electronics and measurement technology.

The method is showing significant potential for worldwide commercialisation, says Senior Technology Adviser Harri Ojansuu from Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is in charge of the project together with the Research and Innovation Services unit at TUT. The two-year project will be launched in early 2012. The project will receive 140,000 euros from Tekes and 60,000 euros from the TUT Foundation.