Biosensor Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (Bio-CHIP)
The UConn Biosensor Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (Bio-CHIP) is the first academic center of its kind worldwide, housing the development and application of biosensor-based e-health technologies. Our focus is on prevention and treatment of obesity through “biological-behavioral” intervention packages, pairing powerful metabolic as well as vital sign sensors and state of the science behavioral interventions developed collaboratively by Bio-CHIP researchers. Members of our team have developed an implantable biosensor platform capable of monitoring glucose and other analytes in real time. The platform also has external sensors for atrial fibrillation and vital sign monitoring; these sensors are being developed for diabetes management and cardiac monitoring.
Bio-CHIP will capitalize on UConn’s existing strengths (biosensor development, InCHIP, Rudd Center) to become world-renowned as a leader in e-health applications. This project will facilitate undergraduate and graduate research, develop junior faculty skills in grant writing and teaching, promote public engagement through its intervention studies, and expose students to interdisciplinary approaches through merging two very different sciences.
The goal of BioCHIP is to integrate biosensor technologies into the research of the established Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) to prevent and manage metabolic disorders. Specific objectives of the center are to: a) develop novel biosensors; b) study the applicability of such devices in obesity and related areas; c) develop algorithms and Big Data management for biosensor-based e-health promotion packages; and d) create novel drug delivery platforms to ensure long-term biosensor functionality in vivo.