Avisek Barla and his team members Abrar Ali Khan, Sameer Sharma, Vijay Anand, Nitish Kumar Singh won the award for the research project Affordable Paper Microfluidic Device for Blood Glucose and Cholesterol Detection. He carried his research work under the guidance of Dr. Vignesh Muthuvijayan, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) can easily be held responsible for majority of the deaths worldwide and India is no exception. The work is done on detecting diabetes, cholesterol and predict its cumulative effect. There are specific cases of brain stroke leading to complete or partial paralysis including severe cognitive impairment in the long term. The huge demand for diagnosis has flooded market with Point of Care devices for diabetes, but not yet for cholesterol. The cost of an average device is Rs 800-1500 in the market, but in this project, the price point of the strips used is around Rs 15-50. Thus, a lowcost paper based sensor meant for the masses is made. One would require to add a few drops of blood to the device and colour change will happen in the specified region. A camera is used to quantify and measure colour to display the concentration. The data collected will be used to map the prevalence of the disease and predict the occurrence of strokes. The work is in the process of making a blood drawing mechanism and plasma separation unit which will complete the picture of a true consumer device at nominal price.
Dr. Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, honored Avisek Barla, research scholar, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, with the prestigious Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award 2017 Appreciation at Rashtrapati Bhavan.