Labs on a chip for health care applications

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    Abstract

    Three examples of Lab on Chip devices for medical applications are presented. First, a disposable, prefilled capillary electrophoresis chip for monitoring lithium in blood of manic depressive patients is discussed. It is demonstrated that the same chip-platform can also be used to measure sodium in urine which is relevant for kidney patients. In a second example, a simple chip for counting sperm cells in semen is presented that is used to determine male fertility. Finally, the development of silicon nanowires for a nanopill usable for early cancer diagnostics is presented, and its electrochemical functionality is demonstrated. These three examples show that the first lab on chip devices are coming close to commercial application, and that future healthcare may strongly benefit from extensive point-of-care diagnostics capabilities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication14th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, µTAS 2010
    EditorsSabeth Verpoorte, Helen Andersson-Svath, Jenny Emnéus, Nicole Pamme
    Place of PublicationSan Diego
    PublisherThe Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society
    Pages4-6
    Number of pages3
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9798064-3-8
    ISBN (Print)978-1-6183906-2-2
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2010
    Event14th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, µTAS 2010 - Groningen, Netherlands
    Duration: 3 Oct 20107 Oct 2010
    Conference number: 14

    Publication series

    NameInternational Conference on Miniaterized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences : [proceedings]
    PublisherThe Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society
    Volume2010
    ISSN (Print)1556-5904

    Conference

    Conference14th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, µTAS 2010
    Abbreviated titleMicroTAS 2010
    CountryNetherlands
    CityGroningen
    Period3/10/107/10/10

    Keywords

    • Point of care diagnostics
    • Lithium
    • Nanowire sensing
    • Fertility

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