Game-changing advances

Eight years ago, when University of Illinois at Chicago bioengineering professor Ian Papautsky was still at the University of Cincinnati, he spearheaded an effort to develop a quick, portable, smartphone-sized sensor that measures human exposure to lead, manganese, and possibly other toxic metals using a single finger prick of blood.

This life-saving research will continue, thanks to a three-year, $1.8 million grant finalized Aug. 31 by the National Institutes of Health, which will provide public health officials and patients with a faster, cheaper method to detect neurotoxins that can cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms. Read more about the history and progress of Papautsky's finger-prick technology here

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