Affordable Blood Pressure Measurement Technologies for Low Resource Settings in the U.S & India

Affordable Blood Pressure Measurement Technologies for Low Resource Settings in the U.S & India

Hypertension diagnosis and management is a critical healthcare issue. However, the basic underlying approach for the measurement of Blood Pressure has essentially remained the same for the past several decades. This is an obvious area that is ripe for disruptive technological innovation.

The purpose of this Indo-US Grand Challenge Initiative between Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), NIH, USA is to encourage collaborative research within and between both the countries to propose new approaches to the measurement of Blood Pressure that are unobtrusive or passive, low cost and which can automatically provide frequent data recording and reporting to healthcare workers as well as feed back to the patients. It is expected that this partnership between the two countries will leverage knowledge and material resources to develop new technologies which are relevant for low resource settings not only in their respective political domain but other similar settings all over the world. Primary focus of the work is "accurate measurement" and "simplicity & ruggedness" of the device, doing away the need of cuffs and clinical expertise to carry out the measurement.

The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) have announced the proposals recommended for support under the first and the second call.

Awarded Proposals under the First Call:
Ref.No. Title of the Proposal Name of the Lead PI
EOI_5 Development of a low cost arterial tonometry based blood pressure monitoring device Prof. Santosh Noronha Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
EOI_12 Arterial Compliance Probe for Cuff less Blood Pressure Measurement Dr. Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
EOI_18 Rapid Real time Blood Pressure Measurement and Hypertensive Predisposition Diagnostics using Pulse Transit Time and Blood Pressure Variability Dr.Bala Pesala, CSIR-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institution
Awarded Proposals under the Second Call:
Ref.No. Title of the Proposal Name of the Lead PI
EOI_18 A Low Cost and Easy to use Cuff-less Blood Pressure Measuring Device using Pulse Transit Time and Pre-ejection Period Sujay Deb Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
EOI_25 Cuff less Noninvasive Blood Pressure Measurement using Radial Arterial Pressure Patch Anamika Prasad Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
EOI_34 Blood Pressure Measurement Device based on Flexible Organic thin film transistors Dipti Gupta Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
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Dr. Chaitali Bhattacharya
Principal Science Officer
and
Ms.Priya Thomas
Program Officer

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