Sparking New Technology


By: Radha McLean

Researchers from the New Jersey Institute of Technology have been awarded a $75,000 grant to begin developing a noninvasive device for measuring blood glucose from the eye, as part of a system that could simulate pancreatic function.

Implanted in eyeglass frames, the device would indirectly measure a person’s blood-glucose level from eye fluid, eliminating the need for fingerstick testing. Then the device would signal the release of insulin from a pump, with the complete system in effect acting as an artificial pancreas, according to the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

“Our goal is to develop something that will help people with diabetes,” says Gordon Thomas, PhD, professor of physics and biomedical engineering and the project’s lead researcher.

Thomas and colleagues, who received the funding from the Pfeiffer Research Foundation, are expected to produce preliminary results by next year.

But Thomas points out that starting from scratch, so to speak, with a new technology requires a long process before the device might become available.

“Developing something new takes at least a few years,” he says. “We’re very hopeful that we’ll get it done.”



Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer
The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.