Monday, December 11: Title: Space Biomedical Research and a Novel Wearable Smart Skin Sensor to Monitor Crew Health

Dr. Kim Cluff, Biomedical Engineering Department, Wichita State University
Monday, December 11, 2017, 7:30 pm at The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS)

Overview: Dr. Kim Cluff will present his research and progress towards developing a bio-monitoring sensor which is passive (does not require batteries), robust and lightweight (does not have electrical components), and able to wirelessly monitor multiple physiological parameters related to astronaut health and performance. This innovative wearable sensor may serve as a simple yet sophisticated method for monitoring multiple mission critical physiological parameters such as blood-flow, intracranial pressure, body temperature, blood gas concentration, and fitness of the space suit in a novel fashion. Our central hypothesis is that biological electrical and magnetic properties can be leveraged to detect physiological parameters using a skin patch sensor – applied like a small adhesive bandage or woven into garments. This research addresses NASA research interests in wearable health monitoring systems to address the gaps and risks that are critical to crew health and performance during long duration space missions.

Speaker Biography
Dr. Kim Cluff received his PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Bioengineering as well as two PhD minors in statistics and computer science. Dr. Cluff is a professor of Biomedical Engineering and has a research focus in biomedical sensors, bio-imaging, and computational modeling. Dr. Cluff is the director for the Biomedical Sensors, Imaging, and Modeling, Engineering (BIoME) Lab where students gain hands on experience with advanced medical imaging systems, sophisticated bioinstrumentation, and powerful biocomputational modeling software. In the BIoME Lab Dr. Cluff’s research team aims to develop novel quantitative approaches to improve medical diagnostics and treatment monitoring through application of mathematics, computational medicine, bioinstrumentation, and biosensor design. The laboratory contains nonionizing imaging modalities such as ultrasound, lasers, spectral imaging, and 3D scanning capabilities. The laboratory also contains electronics, biosensors, multi-physics modeling software, and powerful computers to model real world medical problems in a 3D virtual environment.

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