18 January 2012 Neuro-intensive Care

Bed-side monitoring system

Foundation CERCA funds the pre-commercial prototype development of a project led by Prof. Turgut Durduran. The department of Economy and Knowledge, through the Prova’t program of the Research Centres of Catalonia (CERCA), has funded seven research projects, including one by ICFO’s Medical Optics group. ICFO-MEDOPT will develop a pre-commercial, non-invasive, bed-side device for monitoring cerebral function in patients. The initiative will bring the state-of-the-art technical innovations closer to the market.

The unique part of this prototype is based on a new technology called “diffuse correlation spectroscopy\'\' being developed at ICFO by Dr. Udo Weigel and Prof. Turgut Durduran, leader of the Medical Optics group.

“Imagine an optical device next to every bed-side in a neuro-intensive care unit. Imagine this provides the clinicians with valuable information about cerebral function and leads to immense improvements in health-care. This is precisely our vision in this project”, says Prof. Durduran.